Bear wrestlers rout Atkins 78-6 on Senior Night

Jeff Linville

January 24, 2014

The Granite Bears took all 10 weights in a 78-6 rout of Atkins on wrestling’s Senior Night Thursday.

The Bears gave up a forfeit at 113 pounds, and Atkins forfeited 132, 138 and 160. In the 10 matches that were held, Mount Airy won all of them by pin.

Before the start of Thursday’s event, Mount Airy honored the four seniors on the squad: Brian Bennett, Jackson Blizzard, Austin Branch and Emily Webb.

Bennett and Blizard were freshmen on the Bears team that went winless in 2010-11. Now they are part of a squad that set a school record for wins last season and already has 24 this season.

Coach Cody Atkins said, “It was a great night to honor the seniors. They’ve put in a lot of hard work and dedication.”

“They are really going to be missed,” Atkins said. The coaches wish them the best of luck not only through the rest of their senior season, but after graduation as well.

As it turned out, only one of the four seniors wrestled Thursday.

Webb is the backup at 106, and Jacob Hogue got the start at that weight. Atkins forfeited to Blizzard and Branch.

Bennett had his chance in the last match of the night. He earned a first-period pin to keep the Bears perfect on the mat for the night.

Also getting pins were Hogue (106 pounds), Tyler Duty (120), Chandler Snyder (126), Shay Wilson (145), Triston Mabry (152), Landon Mumford (170), Felipe Chavez (182), David Luna (195) and Cody Smith (220).

Austin Hawks (132) received a forfeit, and the Bears gave up one forfeit at 113 pounds for Atkins’ only points of the night.

Hogue pinned his opponent in 25 seconds. Chavez cut that in half. And that happened on the second takedown.

Chavez dove in off the bat and knocked his opponent down, but they rolled out of the circle. On the restart, Chavez shot in again and got the pin in 12 seconds.

The team win moves the Bears to 3-0 in the newly reformed Northwest 1A Conference.

Tonight, the Bears travel to North Stokes, which is 0-3 in league play. A win would allow Mount Airy to clinch the conference regular season title with one meet left.

If the Bears beat the Vikings as expected, the team would be 25-7 and 4-0 in the Northwest.

Even if the Bears were to lose to Walkertown (13-14, 2-2), Mount Airy holds a tiebreaker over either Bishop McGuinness or East Surry, who meet on Tuesday to decide second place.