Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
January 5, 2014
LEXINGTON — North Surry wrestling improved to 21-1 on the season with four wins Friday and Saturday.
The Greyhounds beat West Stokes 62-16 on Friday in their first match in the new Western Piedmont Conference.
Then they defeated all three teams at West Davidson’s Dragon Duals on Saturday. The first two matches were one-sided, but the Hounds had to fight to scrape by West Davidson 36-33.
The Dragons’ Shane Hemmings is the real deal, according to North Coach Eric Jessup.
Hemmings (170 pounds) came into the day 16-0 and went 3-0.
He has beaten Central’s Zack Martin twice and pinned North’s Devyn Green a month ago. He caught Green again Saturday for a pin.
Green is going to make regionals, and he will likely see Hemmings again there, so it’s good that he’s had a couple of matches to get familiar with him, Jessup said. Green was actually ahead on points the first time they faced, but Hemmings caught him and got the pin.
That loss put Green at 2-1 on Saturday.
Six Hounds went 3-0: Jacob Cavenaugh (120), Austin Rozier (wrestling up a weight at 132), Zacch Gregory (138), Austin McBride (160), Cody Slate (220) and heavyweight Austin Akers.
McBride looked really good all day, said Jessup.
Starmount lost 69-12, but the Rams were shorthanded with kids out sick or injured, noted Jessup. They gave up five forfeits.
The Hounds have a trimatch at Bishop McGuinness on Tuesday with Walkertown.
They return to conference play on Friday with Carver, which hasn’t won a match yet.
The Western Piedmont is a tough league with four teams capable of winning the title, said Jessup. South Stokes and Surry Central are very tough, and Forbush is a late bloomer that could end up beating everyone.
Since the Hounds moved from a nine-team conference to a six-team league, Jessup said he would like to see the schools play home-and-away series in the conference season.
It made sense just to play a team once last year, but schools should be able to fit 10 matches into a season, he reasoned.