The South Carroll steamroller moved right along last night, flattening Francis Scott Key, 49-19, for its second victory in less than 24 hours.
The win marked the climax of a rough five-day stretch for No. 5-ranked South Carroll (11-0), which placed fourth in the Hammond tournament Saturday, then come back with a 48-19 triumph at Urbana Tuesday in a match that did not start until 8: 15 p.m.
"I thought we were sluggish, but it was to be expected," said South Carroll coach Pete Olson. "I'm just grateful to be getting out of here at a decent hour after last [Tuesday] night.
"We're exhausted, but it was important for us to respond well in this match."
Key (4-4), which also had competed at Hammond, won four matches, three of them with its most experienced wrestlers.
Olson stresses the team concept, even finding positives among the losses.
"There are 13 guys, up and down the line, and all are important," he said. "Sean Douglass  and Jared Praniewicz  lost decisions, but both wrestled tough."
Both wrestlers are around .500 for the season, but as Olson explained, "When they don't get pinned or tech-falled, it's as good as a win, because the other team doesn't get those points. Both of them are progressing."
In drawing within one of the school record for consecutive wins, the Cavaliers collected seven pins, four of them in the first period. Several were set up with a series of moves, a fact not lost on Olson.
"I was pleased with our being able to make the transition from one combination to another," he said. "We are not stuck on just one move, but have found if one thing doesn't work, maybe something else will. Or they can take one thing and turn it into another. We're better on our feet and are attacking more than before."
For Key, "We're making progress, but what you saw was experience vs. less experience," said coach Bill Hyson. Once past 145, the Eagles have all new wrestlers in the lineup, except for junior heavyweight Greg Frech, who continues to look like Carroll County's best in this weight class.
"We're focused on improving and giving ourselves opportunities to make something happen," Hyson said.
One who made something happen right away was Key freshman Nate Yinger, who got the night's fastest pin, 36 seconds, against Kellan Weber at 103 pounds. It enabled Yinger to get back on the winning side for he had been undefeated prior to the Hammond tournament.
The other Key winners were Clint Day, a county champion last year, who beat Douglass at 140, and Ronnie Howard, who beat Jared Praniewicz at 145, and Frech.
Brian Owings against Dan Patterson at 112 and Joe Putman against Bryan Hamper at 130 both went down 5-0 early via takedowns and near falls, then managed to keep from getting pinned.
Pub Date: 1/21/99