WALNUT COVE — East Surry finished fourth in the Rick Williams Duals on Saturday at South Stokes High School.
The Cardinals lost to tournament champion Northwest Guilford 48-27 to start the day, then defeated North Wilkes 51-27 and Reagan 42-36.
In the afternoon session, East had a couple of heartbreakers — falling to South Iredell in a tight finish and then to South Stokes in a match that came down to the final pairing. The Sauras won that one 43-36.
Although he was upset with the outcome of the last two matches, Coach Darrin Haywood said he thought his Cardinals wrestled well overall against some strong teams.
Northwest Guilford, a Class 4A school, hasn’t lost a match this season. Class 3A South Iredell had lost just once coming in and is the only team to beat North Surry so far this season.
“We had a chance those last two matches and that’s all you can ask,” Haywood said. “We faced some good competition today.”
Junior Eddie Nunez went undefeated in five matches for the Cards in the 113-pound weight class. He improved his season record to 18-3.
Nunez was a state runner-up a year ago and currently is ranked second in the state according to RetroRankings.com
Fellow junior Caleb Lowe also put in a strong performance — going 4-1 on the afternoon at 152 pounds. Lowe is 17-3 on the season.
Lowe transferred from 2A North Surry over the summer and isn’t yet listed in the 1A rankings.
Freshman Anthony Delaney posted a 3-2 record in the tournament at 106 pounds.
South Iredell finished second in the tournament and South Stokes was third. Greensboro Page and Elkin High School also competed.
Up next for East is a key Northwest 1A Conference matchup at Mount Airy on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Bears are off to a solid start this season as well, and the two teams are the leading contenders for the conference wrestling title.
“We know they are a real good team, and we hope we can wrestle with them,” Haywood said.
On Friday, East (7-8) returns home to face Winston-Salem Atkins.