North Surry’s wrestling team made sure that Coach Eric Jessup wasn’t left out of a week filled with laurels for the Greyhound sports program.
The North Surry matmen earned their coach’s 300th career victory on Wednesday night, claiming an easy 72-9 victory in a dual meet against visiting Ashe County that improved the Greyhounds’ record to 10-4 this season.
“I’m glad we got to do (the 300th win) at home,” said Jessup. “It was fun and we wrestled well.”
The Huskies managed just one individual win in the meet. North Surry forfeited the 106-pound weight class to Ashe and then won every other match but one, that coming at 160 pounds, where Ashe’s entry won by minor decision.
Six Hounds received forfeit victories of their own, those being Jake Lawson (113), Reid Walker (120), Avery Simmons (182), Chase Brintle (195), Jared Tickle (220) and Luke Hauser (285). All of the matches between 126 and 170 were contested.
When the match got under way for real at 126 pounds, the Hounds’ Quinn Walker got North off to a good start with a first-period pin over Tate Miller. It took Kobe Slate a bit longer at 132, but he pinned Ashe’s Brady Buchanan in the second period. At 138, Austin Shumate pinned Drake Elliott in the first period, and after six matches, North Surry already led 30-6. Since the Hounds already knew they were getting four forfeits at the end of the match, this meant Jessup’s 300th win was assured. However, there was still plenty of wrestling to do.
In the 145-pound match, Hunter Burrell scored a second-period pin over Harley Miller, and Geoffrey Williams took care of Isaac Miller in the first period at 152. Then came the Huskies’ lone victory on the mat, where Ashe’s John Reavis got the better of Sammy McMillian. However, McMillian minimized the impact of the setback, not only refusing to surrender a pin, but also holding his opponent to a minor decision and just three team points. Teammate Ryan Mauch more than got those points back at 170, when he was extended to the third period by the Huskies’ Preston Nash, but still scored the pin in the last contested match of the night.
Each of the four Greyhound entries in the higher weight classes stepped on the mat, duly had their hands raised, and their coach’s 300th victory was official.
North Surry has one more event before closing the books on the 2016 portion of their schedule. The Hounds will compete in the Lilly Duals today at West Davidson High School.