PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry goes into Friday’s wrestling match with a chance to reach .500 on the season.
The Cardinals blitzed Atkins 84-0 on Friday and will face North Stokes (3-14) looking to even their record at 9-9.
“Everybody went out there and did what they were supposed to do,” Coach Darrin Haywood said of Friday’s match. The Cards had two forfeits and 12 pins in the 14 weight classes.
It was a great way to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Mount Airy last Thursday, the coach said.
In that match, four of Haywood’s best wrestlers happened to be in weight classes where the Bears are strong, too.
Anthony Delaney (14-7), Andrew Kozlow (16-7), Jimmy Speer (17-6) and Caleb Lowe (18-4) all lost on points.
“They wrestled better than we did that night,” Haywood said of the Bears.
No one wrestled better than the Cards against Atkins.
Delaney got the Cards off to a good start with a pin at 106.
Then came five more falls to Eddie Nunez (113), Timmy Norman (120), Levi Banks (126), Kozlow (132) and Austin Bryant (138).
Speer (145) and Lowe (152) then received forfeits.
Six more pins finished the match: Austin Jessup (160), Colton Bruner (170), Mitchell Flynt (182), Travis Pugh (195), Josh Cox (220) and heavyweight Joshua Stevens.
If the Cards win Friday against North Stokes, East Surry would be 2-1 in the newly reorganized Northwest Conference.
After that, the Cards have matches with Walkertown (12-13) and Bishop McGuinness (12-6), which roughed up Walkertown 62-18 in their meeting a week ago.
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