Buoyed by a home crowd, South Carroll lost only three bouts in walloping Eastern Tech, 65-4, and North Carroll, 59-5, to win the Class 3A-4A North regional championship in the sixth annual state dual-meet championships last night. The victories boosted the Cavaliers' record to 16-0.
Dan Patterson, Bryan Hamper, Brad Mann, and Chris Currence each had two pins for South Carroll, and Mike Muller added a pin and a technical fall.
The only winner for Eastern Tech (9-4-1) was heavyweight Josh Fortner with a major decision. For North Carroll (10-4), which reached the final with a 42-23 conquest of Bel Air (9-4), Fran Jackson and Wyatt Deiaco each recorded decisions. The Panthers lost a team point on a rules violation.
South Carroll moved on to the state championships Saturday at Damascus in Montgomery County. The Class 3A-4A semifinals will be at noon, followed by the Class 1A-2A semifinals. Both championships will start at 6 p.m.
History repeated itself for three Cavaliers who registered successive pins at 152-160-171 pounds for the second straight time against North Carroll.
Muller needed one minute, 18 seconds against Matt Bezanson, followed by Brad Mann, 2: 45 against Mike Bezanson, and Chris Currence, 3: 19 against Scott Thompson. All had first-period wins the first time.
"You don't know for sure that it's a given, because anything can happen," South Carroll coach Pete Olson said of his triumvirate. "In some places, however, where they are good, we're a little better. That's why the discrepancy in the scores."
The Cavaliers' lightweights got things going with solid efforts.
At 103, sophomore Kellen Weber (19-9), pinned by Kyle Smith the first time, gave his side a lift when he opened up a 6-1 first-period lead and went on to win, 13-7. At 112, Buddy Olson (11-6), a forfeit winner earlier, pinned Sam Motteshard in an all-freshman pairing.
At 119, Dan Patterson (24-2), who had decisioned Ross Bell, pinned him this time. At 125, Fran Jackson (19-2), who pinned Josh Wampler the first time, had to settle for a 7-3 decision.
"We know our lineup is soft in some spots, but there are no real weaknesses," Olson said. "There are lot of little things. Not getting decked, for instance, is a big part of what we do."
Of Weber, Olson said, "He was winning, 5-2, when he got stuck the first time. Here, he stayed away from the headlock, and it was a big match to get those points.
"At 125, North Carroll needed a pin from Jackson, but Wampler gave him a tough match."
Said Wampler: "Last time, something stupid on my part decided it. I wanted to wrestle better."
Pub Date: 2/11/99