North takes team award, Central’s Pack named MOW
Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
North Surry won all five wrestling matches to clinch the team award at the Greyhounds Duals on Saturday.
Surry Central was in a close fight for second place, but wound up fourth after close losses to North Surry, McMichael and West Wilkes.
How close were these matches?
Central tied with West Wilkes at 39-39. Coach Stephen Priddy said the official went to the criteria to determine a winner. If Criteria A is even, then he moves down to Criteria B, he explained.
The official went all the way to Criteria H before declaring West Wilkes the victor.
It came down to which team made a takedown to score first, and the Blackhawks had five to Surry Central’s four.
After that, Central bounced back with one-sided wins over Magna Vista (54-21) and Atkins (72-6).
The Golden Eagles were missing a couple of wrestlers because of holiday travel, and heavyweight David Pena twisted his knee against Elkin on Thursday and sat out.
Then Austin Darlington (132 pounds) came down hard on his knee in a match and it began to swell up. Priddy rested him the last two matches.
That meant by the time the Eagles faced McMichael and North Surry, the team was giving up four forfeits.
It’s hard to overcome spotting a team 24 points, Priddy noted.
Central lost to McMichael by just 10 points, 43-33, which meant if just one of those forfeits had instead been a pin, the Eagles would have won.
When Surry Central and North Surry faced off on Nov. 30, the Hounds won by only three points. In this rematch, however, the Hounds won 48-30.
That was the fifth win of the day for North, which improved to 16-1 on the season.
The Hounds beat McMichael 50-23 to open the day. Then they topped Magna Vista 60-18.
That brought North to the match with West Wilkes, a perennial 1A power that moved up to 2A in the realignment.
Coach Eric Jessup said he heard a couple of his wrestlers talking about the first coaches’ poll of the season on retrorankings.com.
North Surry and West Wilkes were ranked fourth with 44 points each.
Jessup said the boys went out there feeling like they had something to prove and came away with a 45-30 win.
“We matched up well and wrestled well against West Wilkes,” he said.
North Surry then demolished Atkins 78-6 before beating Central for the team trophy.
Despite the 2-3 record, Priddy said he couldn’t be prouder of his Golden Eagles.
“Everybody wrestled well,” he said. “Everyone came up big at some point.”
He pointed to sophomores Hunter White and Garrett Johnson as young wrestlers who came up with big wins in tough matches.
Garrett got a key win against McMichael, and Hunter did the same against West Wilkes, he said.
At the end of the day, Central’s Kevin Pack (120 pounds) was named the most outstanding wrestler after his 5-0 performance. In the last match, Pack faced North’s Jacob Humphries who also had been performing well and was 4-0 at that point.
Pack eventually pinned Humphries, earning the attending coaches’ votes.
Uriel Secundino (145 and 152 pounds) went 5-0, as did freshman Kaleb Dunn at 195.
Nathon Bautista has been wrestling at 113, but was slimming down to return to 106 where he has been an all-conference selection in the past. He went 4-1 at the new weight.
There were a lot of good wrestlers in this event, said Jessup, so it was really hard to go 5-0 at any weight.
Hounds that went 5-0 were Saige Wolfe (113), Corbin Bullins (182) and heavyweight Austin Akers.
Those that went 4-1 on the day were Humphries (120), Austin Rozier (126), Austin McBride (160), Devyn Green (170) and Cody Slate (220).
Surry Central will take two weeks off for the holidays before returning to action Jan. 3 against Carver in its first conference meet.
North Surry will host North Forsyth Monday at 6 p.m. Then next Saturday the Hounds go to North Wilkes for the Royal Viking individual tournament.
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