DERRY — Maybe the step down in competition wasn't that great, but it was more than enough to power Timberlane last night.
Five days after wrestling Blair Academy, which is the No. 1 team in the country, and four other teams at the National Festival duals in Pennsylvania, the Owls (15-2) — led by captain Adam Corey — whipped previously unbeaten Pinkerton 51-9.
Corey, wrestling up a weight class, handled Pinkerton ace Jean-Luc Lemieux 4-1 in a 126-pound showdown in one of the closer matches of the night.
In another big matchup, of two members of the Kings of the Ring, Timberlane 195-pounder Cam Gargano edged Kevin Ell 1-0.
"We wrestled really well tonight," said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian. "I really think that experience (at the Festival duals) helped. Every kid in our lineup was ready tonight."
Other highlights for the Owls came at 106 as freshman Jake Sheehan won his first varsity match with a first-period pin, while Ryan Peters had an impressive 12-2 major decision at 132 over Dakota Krol and Chris Pagglicia scored a 7-0 decision over Tony Messina at 160.
Timberlane, which will be heavily favored in its own invitational tomorrow, won all but two weight classes.
For the Astros (11-1), Tyler Wilson had one of his best matches of the year, defeating Shaun Ahern 4-1 at 152 pounds and heavyweight Cam Crowell pinned Zach Stewart in the first period.