North Surry honored its wrestling seniors, then took care of South Stokes 56-24 to stay perfect in conference play.
The Greyhounds improved to 23-1 on the season, while the Sauras lost for the second time in two days. South Stokes tied with Forbush the night before, but lost on criteria.
Jessup said that Forbush match was very close, and South Stokes went down to about Criteria H before falling.
Jessup knew that South Stokes has five very good wrestlers and could pose a problem for his team.
Morgan Bagley (132 pounds) came in with a record of 26-7, Keegan Ross (152 pounds) 29-7, T.J. Whaley (160) 28-6, Christian Artis (170) 22-13 and Corbin Tackett (195) 29-5.
South Stokes took four of those five weights, but North Surry took almost all of the other matches.
Going with a draw, the teams started at 138 pounds.
Senior Zacch Gregory got Senior Night off to a good start with a first-period pin of Kendall Thomas.
Zacch, also known by his nickname Squire, is the Hounds’ only four-year wrestler. He had to bide his time for a couple of seasons behind some talented upperclassmen, but learned from their experience and is putting it to work this year.
Gregory is 28-6 and leads the Hounds in pins.
One of those wins came against a state qualifier, noted Coach Eric Jessup.
At 145, North’s Dominic Cabrera pinned Joshua Patane in the second period.
At 152, Ross pinned North’s Bo Wright for his 30th win.
At 160, Whaley pinned North’s Austin McBride in the second period. That was a good match, said Jessup, as McBride was only down one point at the end of the first period.
At 170, Devyn Green beat Artis in the marquee matchup of the night. Green dominated and was up 15-1 before getting the pin.
Devyn has been injured, so maybe this means he is finally getting healthy, said the coach.
At 182, North’s Corbin Bullins took a forfeit win.
At 195, Tackett pinned Joseph Simpson in first period.
At 220, North’s Cody Slate pinned Ben Tuttle in the second period. And teammate Austin Akers pinned Matt Patane in one minute at heavyweight.
At 106, North’s Cesar Cardoso pinned Ryan Rice in first period. Then North’s Saige Wolfe took a forfeit win.
At 120, North’s Jacob Humphries won a 13-11 decision over Samuel Hopkins. Tied at 11-all, Humphries got two near-fall points in the last 10 seconds.
At 126, Austin Rozier earned a technical fall on Mario Fischer 16-1.
In the final match at 132, Bagley pinned Jacob Cavenaugh in first period.
Jessup said he felt like his team wrestled very well.
The Hounds next travel to Forbush to face a Falcons team that edged South Stokes and lost by just five points to Surry Central.