North Surry takes first at North Forsyth duals

First Posted: 1/18/2009

Staff Report

WINSTON-SALEM North Surrys wrestling team will head into its final two matches of the season on a high note, after the Greyhounds defeated North Wilkes Friday, then took first place in the North Forsyth Viking duals Saturday.
North easily handled North Wilkes 51-19 Friday night, winning 10 out of 14 matches. The win improved the Greyhounds MVC 2-A Conference record to 4-0.
North is tied with rival Surry Central for first place in the conference, with both teams one match ahead of Wilkes Central.
The Greyhounds wont have an easy road to the conference meet Jan. 31 however, with Wilkes Central (3-1) and Surry Central the Greyhounds final two opponents.
Colby Bowman (103), Cody McMillian (112), Tanner Riddle (125), Blake East (145), Tyler Simmons (152), Ethan Hazzard (160), Zach Creed (171), Michael Morgan (189), Brett Doss (215) and Tommy McMillian (heavyweight) all picked up victories for the Greyhounds against North Wilkes.
With a quick turnaround Saturday the Greyhounds didnt show any signs of faltering, taking the top spot in the North Forsyth Viking duals by winning all five of their matches.
On the way to the overall team win, North Surry defeated South Stokes 59-17, North Forsyth 63-21, Reagan 49-21, R.J. Reynolds 57-24 and Atkins 54-27.
Norths Tommy McMillian achieved his 100th career win during the competition, picking up the milestone in style by pinning Will Cumbo in 27 seconds.
McMillian wrestled in the 189 pound class Friday, then jumped two classes to heavyweight for Saturdays duals where he went 5-0.
In addition to McMillian, Colby Bowman (103), Tyler Simmons (152) and Brett Doss (215) ended Saturday with 5-0 records. Chris Murray (135) also finished undefeated at 4-0.
North Surry coach Eric Jessup said he was very happy with his teams performance over the weekend and said it was good for the Greyhounds to go up against teams which they had yet to wrestle in the North Forsyth dual.
It was really good to see some different faces to wrestle, Jessup said. Win or lose we just wanted to see some different competition. It was some good competition and it felt good to come out of their with a win yesterday.
Jessup said with two tough matches remaining in Wilkes Central and Surry Central, heading into them with big wins like the ones that came Friday and Saturday is important. Jessup also said it is important for his team to keep its eyes on the opponent in front of it, and not look ahead to its match up with big time rival Surry Central on the Greyhounds senior night.
Weve got two tough ones left and at worst we would be wrestling for a share of the conference title, Jessup said. Weve got to focus on Wilkes Central a whole lot more because we dont know them. Weve wrestled Surry Central three times this year already and they were three good matches. We havent wrestled Wilkes so we are going in kind of blind for them so we have to maintain our focus towards them this week.
North Surry will wrestle Wilkes Central Friday, then will host Surry Central Tuesday, Jan. 27.

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