Mount Airy split a wrestling trimatch, losing to North Iredell and beating Elkin.
The Granite Bears went into the final weight class with North Iredell down just six points. A pin could have tied the score and given the Bears the win on criteria. However, the Bears ended up losing 45-33.
Then against Elkin, the Bears put together a dominant performance against the Elks just like they did over the weekend at the Jimmy Martin Classic.
The Bears (now 9-4) began the night against North Iredell, a 3A school with a 10-2 record.
The match began at the lightest weight with Jacob Hogue (106) getting the first of two quick pins. He took down Hunter Goodwin at the end of the first period.
At 113, Iredell’s Calvin Souther pinned Emily Webb in 29 seconds.
At 120, Colton McMillian lost in the first period to Dylan Moore. That gave the Raiders a 12-6 lead.
The Bears’ Austin Hawks came in above the 126 weight, so the team gave up a forfeit in both matches. The Raiders took an 18-6 lead.
At 132, Chandler Snyder pinned Tim Williams in the second period. Then Jackson Blizzard tied the match at 18-all with a third-period pin of Josh McCants, one of the Raiders’ best. McCants came in with a 10-2 mark; his only losses were to state qualifiers Jake St. Germain, West Wilkes, and Matt Nesbit, Davie.
At 145, starter Kenyon Martin was out sick. That gave Shay Wilson a chance to crack the lineup for the first time since coming over from football a week earlier.
Wilson, the Bears’ leading rusher, shook off the rust with two first-period falls. Against North Iredell, he pinned Hunter Cottle in 12 seconds.
At 152, Triston Mabry pinned Kaden Ecklund in the first period to give the Bears a 30-18 lead.
Sophomore Cameron Pack battled hard at 160 against senior Mitchell Hampton, 11-1 with his only loss to 4A Glenn in the third period.
Coach Steve Braune thought Pack was going to be able to pull out a win, but Hampton caught Pack and pinned him in the final period. That made it 30-24.
Braune said one of the Raiders’ studs is at 170 with Garrett McCants, who hadn’t wrestled yet this season.
Landon Mumford beat McCants 4-2 for a minor decision and a 33-24 lead.
The Bears don’t really have a 182 wrestler, Braune said. Mumford, Austin Branch and Felipe Chavez are all 170-pounders who take turns bumping up to wrestle the higher weight.
On this night, Chavez went at 182 against the Raiders’ undefeated Travis Price.
Braune said he and co-coach Michael Bodnar were very pleased with Felipe’s effort. Going against North Iredell’s best, the soccer standout nearly pulled out a win.
Felipe was down 4-1 in the third period and got a two-point takedown, said the coach. He tried to flip Price over to earn back-time points, but couldn’t get him there and lost 4-3.
At 195, J.J. Wheeler was pinned in the first by Thomas Saddler to tie the match at 33-33.
At 220, David Sparger (4-2 since coming over from football) was out with the flu.
Kody Smith was pinned in the first by Timothy Davis (9-2).
That made heavyweight the deciding match.
Riley Shaw couldn’t pull out the win, getting pinned in the second by Joseph Lancaster.
“It was a good match; it was ours to lose,” said Braune. “Pins are killing us. We cannot get pinned.”
Of the 13 matches, only two went the distance.
Then the Bears faced an Elkin team they beat 60-21 on Saturday. The Bears did a little better, going 66-15 Tuesday.
Elkin had wrestlers at 12 of the 14 weights, but forfeited five matches, noted Braune.
The meet started at 120 with Elkin giving up a forfeit, then Mount Airy forfeiting the 126 match.
Snyder (132) fell 8-4 to Levi Collins for a minor decision. That gave Elkin the lead at 9-6.
That was short-lived as the Bears took the next six weights.
Blizzard (138) pinned Jeremy Pierce in 1:03.
Wilson had Ethan Mastin on his back in the first 20 or 30 seconds, said Braune. He earned the fall in 1:12.
At 152, Elkin’s Aldair Garcia put up a good fight against Mabry, but the Bear finally pinned him in the third.
“Triston struggled with him a little bit,” said Braune.
Pack and Mumford then took forfeits. Elkin’s Walker Longworth beat Branch 3-0 at 170 on Saturday, but bumped up to 182 to avoid Mumford.
Longworth came into the night 9-2 with his two losses by decision.
Walker is no slouch, but Felipe just manhandled him from the opening whistle, said Braune. Chavez earned a fall in 1:46 to put the Bears up 42-9.
At 195, Elkin’s Thomas Bartley had beaten Wheeler on Saturday and pinned him in the rematch for Elkin’s only fall.
At 220 Kody Smith pinned Jay Blackburn in the second period.
Blackburn was much taller and looked more fit, so this was a good win for Kody, the coach said.
To start the second, Blackburn began on bottom, and Kody let him up, he described. Kody took his man down twice and finally got the pin on the second try.
After a forfeit at 285, Hogue pinned Asher McRitchie in 11 seconds.
Emily Webb took a forfeit at 113 to end the match.
The Bears have a good record at 9-4, but they very easily could be 11-2, Braune said, disappointed with close losses to North Iredell and Surry Central.
Mount Airy is taking part in the Carroll County Invitational on Saturday.
There will be 16-man brackets, he noted. Rural Retreat, a team that has had the Bears’ number the past couple of years, will be there. A powerful Christiansburg team also will be on hand.