DOBSON — South Stokes took the last three weights to edge Surry Central 40-34 in wrestling Thursday.
The Sauras led 18-6 at one point, but the Golden Eagles rallied to take the lead at 34-24 after Mason Snow earned a 10-1 major decision at 126.
Then South Stokes took a forfeit, fall and major decision for 16 straight points.
“They were ready to wrestle tonight,” Central Coach Stephen Priddy said of the Sauras. “And as a whole, we weren’t. … We didn’t have our legs under us.”
Wrestling is a long season, and guys have to be ready to go every match, even when school is out for the holidays, he said.
Guys can sometimes come back from all the dinners and candy a couple of pounds overweight or a little out of condition.
One player has been cutting weight to get down to a lower class, but he just missed it by half a pound Thursday, Priddy said.
The team hasn’t had anyone at 132 lbs., so Uriel Secundino was dropping weight to reach that class. He didn’t make it, and the team already has Raymond Dance at 138, so Uriel tried going at 145, even though he was giving up a lot of size.
South Stokes’ coaches are smart and stuck a backup in at 132 to take the forfeit and moved Morgan Bagley (22-4) up a weight to take on Raymond, noted Priddy.
Bagley pinned Dance for six points, and with the forfeit that made for a 12-point swing.
“Raymond didn’t look like himself,” said Priddy.
The final match came down to Secundino and Keegan Ross (20-7 coming in). Secundino beat Ross 8-2 back on Dec. 1, but that was before he cut weight. Ross blanked him 8-0 to preserve the win.
It’s certainly not fair to put the blame on Uriel, Priddy said.
There were plenty of other spots where the team could have picked up more points. Mason Snow dominated his match at 126, but after taking a sickness timeout, he couldn’t finish off a pin and settled for a 4-point decision.
Zack Martin performed very well in the first period at 160, the coach said. He was dominant in building a 10-0 lead, but he may have worn himself out going for the pin so hard. He appeared to run out of gas and was pinned by T.J. Whaley (23-7 coming in) with just 14 seconds left, Priddy said.
“Those will always come back to haunt you,” he said. Going from a probable four-point major decision to a pin is a swing of 10 points. Still, the coach said he was very proud of the sophomore for his effort.
With no one at 152, Tyler White wrestled up even though he was giving up seven pounds. He was pinned in the first period.
After Calvin Inman got a forfeit at 170, Hunter White was pinned by Christian Artis (21-8 coming in) at 182.
At 195, Bryant White suffered a bloody nose in the first period. He came back to take control of the match and eventually pin Corbin Tackett.
“That was the best Bryant has looked in more than a month,” said Priddy. “I was really pleased with his effort tonight.”
White started the season 17-6, but lost two out of three at the challenging King of the Mat Tournament last weekend.
After Humberto Moreira was pinned by South Stokes’ lone senior, Evan Scott, heavyweight Wes Brown made short work of Ben Tuttle.
Twice Brown lifted Tuttle off the ground and took him down, the second one followed quickly by a pin.
The loss drops Surry Central to 18-7 overall.
Priddy pointed out that 2A teams only get two wild cards in the West region. With North Surry in first place in the Northwest Conference, the second-place team doesn’t get an automatic seed, so the Eagles need every win they can get.