Central returns from holiday with four wrestling wins

Jeff Linville Staff Reporter

January 5, 2014

LEXINGTON — Surry Central returned from a long Christmas break to pick up four wins in two days.

The Golden Eagles opened conference play on Friday with a 63-10 drubbing of Carver. Then the Eagles went 3-0 at West Davidson’s Dragon Duals on Saturday.

The three wins included avenging the team’s first two losses of the season a month and a half ago.

During Thanksgiving week, Coach Stephen Priddy was on vacation with his family and unable to coach the team for the first two matches against North Davidson and West Davidson.

Friend and North Surry Head Coach Eric Jessup stepped in for a night, but admitted that he didn’t know the wrestlers as well as Priddy. The Eagles lost by nine and 21 points in the two matches.

Long-time friends, Jessup said Priddy has given him a hard time about mismanaging the squad.

This time around, Central beat both Davidson teams.

Several wrestlers were inexperienced at the start of the season, Priddy noted. Four freshmen have wrestled at least 10 matches this season, and a few other starters didn’t start last season and had no real-time experience.

The weight classes have shifted some, too, he said. Nathon Bautista wrestled at 106 last year, but was at 113 at the start of the season and bumped up to 120 to fill a hole. Kevin Pack has since slimmed down from 126 to 120, and Bautista is back at 106.

Bautista and Pack both went 3-0 on the day, said the coach.

What was nice was that everybody in the lineup came up big at some point Saturday, Priddy said. Picking up a key win, or wrestling a tough kid to a decision instead of giving up a fall.

Ben Robertson had a good day, he said. Coming into the weekend at 5-7 at 132 pounds, Ben won Friday and went 3-0 Saturday to improve to 9-7.

Uriel Secundino went 3-0 at 145 and has a team-high 27 wins on the season. Zack White (170) and Kaleb Dunn (195) also went undefeated Saturday. Hyzton Summer (138) and Tyler White (160) went 2-1.

The Eagles defeated North Davidson first by a score of 39-34. Then they beat Starmount 51-24. The last match saw Central top West Davidson 41-33.

In Friday’s match with Carver, the Yellow Jackets had no one at six weights. Surry Central didn’t have anyone at 106, so that weight was thrown out, but the Eagles accepted five forfeits for 30 points.

In the eight matches that were held, the Eagles won six on the way to a 63-10 victory.

Carver has three wrestlers with good records on the season. Ribyan McClain (138) earned a technical fall on Summers, and Dayshawn Creadle-Rivers (152) had a technical fall on Chase Boone.

Heavyweight Nathan London was leading Central’s David Pena 5-2 in the third period.

Priddy said Pena took London down and then got three seconds of back time to take a 7-5 lead. Pena then stayed on top of London and didn’t let him escape the rest of the way.

Maurice Abrhams (220) won his first match of his short season. Abrhams, a sophomore, has only been in a dozen matches. He accepted a couple of forfeits, but this was his first time earning the win.

He pinned Johnell McCray in 1:10.

The Eagles are scheduled to face Mount Airy on Thursday and South Stokes on Friday.

South Stokes is a big match with playoff implications. Mount Airy is a tough team, and Priddy is worried about taking on the Bears then having to face South Stokes the next day.

He said he may call Mount Airy about rescheduling the match.