The battle of Route 26 was a draw as , and each won a match in a tri-wrestling meet Tuesday evening.
Each of the matches was decided in the final weight class.
Liberty and Century started the evening with the Knights coming out on top 38-30. The Lions surprised the Cavaliers 34-33 on a pin by Brandon Haugh. In the final match, South Carroll knocked off Century, 39-35.
Haugh was down 7-3 before he pinned Tarvis Connelly in 3:05. It was the first official match win of the season for Haugh.
"He collected one forfeit earlier in the season. He stayed out there and worked hard and I couldn’t be happier for the kid to come through for us there," said Liberty High School coach Mike Flemming.
"Genuinely Brandon Haugh is the hero of the day, without a doubt. He was huge there. To be down as much as he was and keep battling and battling and looking for the fall. I couldn’t be prouder of him."
South Carroll coach Bryan Hamper said all of the teams in the tough match are strong competitors.
"This says a lot about Carroll County wrestling to split a tri-meet, one, one, one," said Hamper. "You had three competitive teams tonight we knew style match ups through out the county. We have a lot of really strong light weights and those guys banged it out tonight. They split each match. We are a style match up team. Where we have six very strong wrestlers that can compete at the highest level in the state and then we have some guys trying to step up and prove they are a starter.
So everyone of our dual meets is competitive and all three teams are very equal. You could wrestle this matches ten more times and it’s going to be the same way five and five," he said.
Century coach Dennis Frazier agreed that the teams matched up well. "It was even. We were well matched up. We did what we could. We gave up 12 points in forfeits and 18 to Liberty, but that’s our situation and we have to deal with it and the kids wrestled well."
Century 38, Liberty 30
113-Ethan Smolley, C pin Brandon Haugh :46.
120-Sean Donoghue, C dec Zach Sinor, 11-7.
126-Joe Kuegler, L tech fall Mike Veltre, 16-1.
132-Casey Shea, L by forfeit.
138-Kyle Tye, C dec Ryan Upton, 6-0.
145-Logan Ryder, C dec. Frank Coughlin, 4-2.
152-Luke Yox, L maj dec Matt Evans, 15-5.
160-Tyler Pollard, L dec Matt Bjoro, 3-0.
170-Nick Dantzler, C pin Tony Craig, 2:58.
182-Dan Bowen, L by forfeit.
195-Cam Harrison, L by forfeit.
220-Brandon Antrobus, C pin Garrett Lewis, 2:41.
285-Ryder Cavey, C tech fall John Bender, 15-0.
106-Mike Naugler, C dec. Chris Choi, 9-5.
Liberty 34, South Carroll 33
120-JC Myers, SC maj dec Garrett Burns, 9-1.
126-Joe Kuegler, L maj dec Sean Connelly, 16-7.
132-Casey Shea, L dec Colin Plumley, 4-2.
138-Sam Willingham, SC dec. Ryan Upton, 4-2.
145-Frank Coughlin L, dec. Wade Slatniske, 3-2.
152-Luke Yox, L pin Justin Walcher, :45.
160-Alec Stavish, SC dec. Tony Craig, 6-1.
170-Jake Pooton, SC pin Devin Aldrigh, :27.
182-Willie Reiter, SC pin Dan Bowen, :54.
195-Steven Schmitz, SC pin Cam Harrison, 3:07.
220-Garrett Lewis, L pin Jay Leitzel, 1:38.
285-John Bender, L pin Brandon Ludwig, 1:21.
106-K. C. Stipcak, SC tech fall Chris Choi, 18-2.
113-Brandon Haugh, L pin Travis Connelly, 3:05.
South Carroll 39, Century 35
126-Sean Connelly, SC pin Mike Veltre, 1:03.
132-Wes Dantzler, C pin Colin Plumley, 3:09.
138-Kyle Tye, maj dec. Sam Willingham, 11-0.
145-Logan Ryder, C maj dec. Wade Slatniske, 11-1.
152-Alec Stavish, SC pin Matt Evans, 5:59.
160-Jake Potoon, SC pin Matt Bjoro, 2:30.
170-Willie Reiter, SC pin Nick Dantzler, 2:51.
182-Steven Schmitz, SC by forfeit.
195-Alexander Ford, SC by forfeit.
220-Brandon Antrobus, C pin Jay Leitzel, 1:14.
285-Ryder Cavey, C pin Brandon Ludwig, 1:13.
106-Mike Naugler, C dec. KC Stipcak, 6-4.
113-Ethan Smolley, C pin Travis Connelly, :48.
120-JC Myers, SC dec. Sean Donoghue, 7-3.