BOONVILLE — Surry Central defeated Starmount 45-32 and lost to Wilkes Central 48-30 in a tri-match late Wednesday night at Starmount High School.
Against the Rams, Kevin Pack (126 pounds) and Tyler White (160) and Zack Martin (170) earned wins by pin. In the match with Wilkes Central, Bautista (113), Pack (126), Austin Darlington (132), Uriel Secondino (145) and David Pena (285) won their matches by pin.
“Overall I thought we wrestled really well. We came out really strong,” Central coach Stephen Priddy said. “Wilkes Central, it could’ve gone a little bit better for us, but we had some really good matches, including Zack Martin and (Wilkes Central’s) Parker Ward, who is ranked right now. It was 7-0, but those two went at it for six minutes hard. It was a real exciting match, probably the best match of the night. It was only his second loss of the season.”
Central returns a pair of two-time state qualifiers to the lineup this year — Pack and Bautista, who is currently ranked second at 106 pounds. Priddy said the expectations might not be as high for the team, considering the loss of state champion Wes Brown, who won the title two years ago and was a state runner-up last year.
The Eagles will wrestle at the Blackhawk Invitational at West Wilkes on Saturday. Among the teams scheduled to compete are Surry Central, North Surry, East Surry, West Wilkes, West Caldwell, Davie County and Salisbury.
“Right now I am just looking for their effort. Their conditioning is not like it’s going to be in three weeks or four weeks, or come February,” Priddy said. “Right now we have to focus on getting them in shape, and getting that mat time, so they can be successful.
Surry Central 45, Starmount 32
106: Jack McCormick (S) by forfeit; 113: Tyler Whitaker (SC) by forfeit; 120: Nathan Bautista (SC) by forfeit; 126: Kevin Pack (SC) p. Walker Pardue; 132: Dustin Shields (S) tech. fall Austin Darlington; 138: Austin Baucom (S) p. Caleb Hodges; 145: Uriel Secundino (SC) by forfeit; 152: Chase Boone (SC) by forfeit; 160: Tyler White (SC) p. Levi Myers; 170: Zack Martin (SC) p. Cory Carson; 182: Dalton Oliver (S) p. Hunter White; 195: Garrett Stokes (S) dec. Kaleb Dunn 6-5; 220: John Wooten (S) p. Maurice Abrhams; 285: Chase Senter (S) dec. David Pena 10-7
Wilkes Central 48, Surry Central 30
106: Chase Chambers (WC) by forfeit; 113: Nathon Bautista (SC) p. Isaac Catalan; 120: Juan Castro (WC) p. Tyler Whitaker; 126: Kevin Pack (SC) p. Brian Vargus; 132: Austin Darlington (SC) p. Dakota Massucco; 138: Erik Bueno (WC) p. Caleb Hodges; 145: Uriel Secundino (SC) p. Kevin Lincoln; 152: Jacob Royal (WC) p. Chase Boone; 160: Cole Susi (WC) p. Tyler White; 170: Parker Ward (WC) dec. Zack Martin 7-0; 182: Evan Adams (WC) p. Alex Hernandez; 195: Christopher Ocampo (WC) dec. Kaleb Dunn 9-5; 220: Hector Santiago (WC) p. Maurice Abrhams; 285: David Pena (SC) p. Michael Walker