North Surry wrestling improved to 8-1 with a trimatch sweep of North Forsyth and R.J. Reynolds.
The Greyhounds won both matches handily as they gear up for the big Blackhawk wrestling tournament at West Wilkes Saturday.
“We’re improving on our feet some,” said Coach Eric Jessup. “We’re getting a little better in every match.”
“Now, we’ve still got to improve on wrestling from the bottom,” he added. “We’ve really got to emphasize that in practice.”
As for this trimatch, Jessup said, “I thought our guys wrestled really hard.”
The Hounds beat North Forsyth 63-12 with the help of five forfeits. They beat Reynolds 54-27, but that meeting was actually split 5-5 in the 10 matches held, but Reynolds gave up four forfeits to give North Surry the edge.
Against the Vikings, North Surry received forfeits at 106, 113, 120, 126 and 160. the Hounds went 7-2 in the matches.
At 132 Austin Rozier pinned Jamal Brannon. Zacch Gregory pinned Andy Marin at 138. Dominic Cabrera pinned Ivan Flores at 145.
The Hounds suffered a loss at 152 as Cody Wall was pinned by Tyquan Pinkey.
At 170, Devyn Green pinned Taylor Fletcher.
Despite feeling ill, Corbin Bullins pulled out a 10-5 decision against Deandre Kellyman, then sat out against Reynolds.
At 195, Pedro Martinez was pinned by Erick Rodriguez.
Pedro is just a freshman, noted Jessup. He is inexperienced, but shows promise.
Cody Slate outpointed Malcomb Hagwood 10-8 at 220, and Austin Akers edged David Thommpson 8-6 at 285.
In the second match, the Demons gave up forfeits to North at 106, 113, 120 and 132.
At 126, Rozier pinned Rey Cruz in the first period.
At 138, Gregory beat Dejonte Horne in the secon period.
Reynolds got a pin at 145 as Krishawn Hairston caught Cabrera. The Demons made it two in a row as Wall fell to Alonzo Rodriguez in the first period.
At 160, McBride got North Surry back on track, pinning Zach James in the second period. Then Green took down Bryce Billings in 1:29 at 170 pounds.
Reynolds responded with two first-period falls. Micah McCall pinned Hensley, and Jamen Senter beat Martinez.
At 220, Slate pinned David Todd in 1:14. Then Akers lost a minor decision 9-6 to Wayne Walker.
Going into the big weekend tournament, Jessup said he was concerned about the health of his wrestlers.
On Wednesday, Bullins was home vomiting, and Jessup said Green and Akers have caught the bug, too. Others could have caught the virus, but the symptoms haven’t shown up yet, so the Hounds could be depleted on Saturday.