Cardinal Newman made it official on Thursday night – the Cardinals are the team to beat in SCISA wrestling this season.
Eric Goff’s rapidly maturing team manhandled four-time SCISA champion Hammond 66-6 to assume the pole position in the independent schools title race that begins in a few weeks.
“I have a great deal of respect for Hammond, so I was not expecting anything like this,” said Goff, whose Cardinals also pummeled Orangeburg Prep in the triangular meet to run their season dual match record to 11-1.
“We had a great match, and a lot of guys stepped up. This was a big win, but we haven’t really won anything yet.”
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The Skyhawks won just two of the 12 contested bouts and had to forfeit four team points in the wake of two disqualifications. The lone Skyhawks winners were Guy Castles at 130 and Bradford MacGillvary at 140.
Otherwise, it was strictly a CN show. The rout featured pins by Cole McCarter (103), Hunter Richardson (112), Talley Lattimore (135), Charles Ray (152), Joey DeAngelis (160) and John Bolchoz (171). Nathan Smith (119) and Conner Egan (125) won by decision, while Thomas Winstead (145) and James Williams (189) were declared winners by disqualification.
McCarter remained unbeaten (14-0) as a result of his sweep, Lattimore improved to 13-1, and DeAngelis upped his record to 12-2.