Jeff Linville email@example.com
January 24, 2014
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry sent the Wolfpack packing with a 50-24 wrestling win Thursday night.
In a match postponed from Tuesday, the Cardinals only lost four weight classes to pick up their third Northwest Conference win against one loss to Mount Airy.
Walkertown came into the match with a .500 record (13-13) just like East Surry (9-9). Coach Darrin Haywood said the Wolfpack are solid through the middle of the lineup.
From 138 to 160, the Pack has four wrestlers who have won 70 percent of their matches.
At the low end, East Surry took all the weights classes.
At 106 pounds, Anthony Delaney accepted a forfeit win.
At 113, Eddie Nunez earned a technical fall over Dakota Hughes.
At 120, Timmy Norman fought to a 9-2 decision over Mike Bolen (19-9 coming in).
Levi Banks took a forfeit win at 126, and Andrew Kozlow followed with a forfeit at 132.
At 138, Austin Bryant took on Dalton Weber, who only had six matches on his record, but went 5-1.
“Austin Bryant wrestled really well tonight,” said Haywood. He came out very aggressive and picked up a first-period pin.
At 145, Jimmy Speer faced Zachary Nelson, a junior with a 26-2 record.
Nelson is a really good wrestler, said the coach. He has gone up against some tough competition and had success, so the coaches knew it would be a tough match.
Jimmy Speer lost, but he saved the team a couple of points by holding Nelson to a 12-2 major decision instead of a pin or tech fall.
At 152, Caleb Lowe lost a narrow decision to Rashawn Barber, 10-7.
The Cards surrendered their own forfeit of the night at 160 to Trequan Malone (21-5).
At 170, Austin Jessup pinned Kyle Bolden in the first period.
Austin did a good job and took care of business right away, said the coach.
Walkertown took the next two weights.
At 182, the Wolfpack’s Da’Brian White pinned Mitchell Flynt. Then Justin Still pinned East’s Travis Pugh.
Jacob Chattin, 220, put the Cards back on the right track with a pin of Jose Santillan.
Joshua Stevens followed with a pin of Korry Johnson at 285.
• The Cards’ win followed a 58-21 win over North Stokes on Friday that was closer than the score appeared.
The Vikings gave up five forfeits at the lowest weights, handing East Surry 30 points. After that, the Cards edged North Stokes 28-21 by winning five of nine weights.
At 138, Bryant pinned Jacob Fulk in the second period.
Speer took down one of the Vikings’ best, earning a major decision, 11-3, over Trinity Fain, 20-8 going in.
Caleb Lowe pinned Russell Beasley at 152.
North Stokes’ Hunter Moorefield (16-9) edged Jessup 8-5 at 160, and teammate Dalton Sawyers (18-10) pinned Colton Bruner at 170.
East’s Flynt pinned Scott Jones in the second period, but Josh Cox fell to Chase Gammons (21-7).
Chattin pinned Cody Lungrin at 220.
At heavyweight, Stevens was caught by Ross Lucia and pinned in the second period.
With three straight wins, East Surry now stands at 10-9 on the season and 3-1 in the Northwest.
On Tuesday, the Cards hold their Senior Night against Bishop McGuinness (11-7, 3-1).
The Villains’ only loss of the conference season came to Mount Airy, just like East Surry, so this match will determine second place in the Northwest.
East Surry’s seniors to be honored are Bruner, Chattin, Flynt, Lowe, Speer and Keanu Love.
While Love hasn’t had a match this season after finger surgery, the others have combined for more than 60 victories.
The Northwest Conference Tournament will be held at Walkertown a week from Saturday.