First Posted: 1/29/2009
The future is now for North Surrys 30-0 wrestling team heading into tomorrows Mountain Valley 2-A Conference tournament being held at Ashe County.
North Surrys team is anchored by six seniors with solid records on the mats this season. At 130 pounds, senior Dustin Reynolds is 27-7 overall, 145-pound Blake East is 28-7, 152-pound Tyler Simmons is 31-4, 171-pound Michael Morgan is 19-9, 189-pound Tommy McMillian is 36-2 and at 215, Brett Doss record stands at 22-1.
Senior Tommy McMillian is excited to hit the mats in the mountains against old familiar opponents.
I want to beat Matt Walker, McMillian said of the Starmount wrestler his faced off against already this season. Id like to avenge my loss to Vincent Beam (Wilkes Central). I lost to him in triple overtime. Im ready to go Saturday. I think we all are.
McMillian is interested in pursuing a career in wrestling after high school.
I wanna get into a college where I can succeed at both academics and athletics, he said. Im not ready to give it (wrestling) up just yet.
Doss goal going into the tournament is to win first place and earn as many points for his team as possible. Doss hopes to encounter Surry Central wrestler Jared Salyers during the tournament.
Hopefully, itll be me and Jared in the finals, Doss said. At the South Stokes tournament, I beat him 12-8.
Doss is currently enlisted in the United State Marine Corps and will be leaving for boot camp on June 22.
Greyhound grappler Reynolds wants his team to come home conference champs. Reynolds highlight of the season came from the same tournament as Doss.
When I won the South Stokes tournament, Reynolds said was his top moment. I wrestled a guy from Northwest Guilford in the finals.
I learned I was a whole lot better than I thought. Ive come a long way, Reynolds added.
Reynolds wants to pursue a degree from the Technical Institute in Mooresville after high school.
Easts goal Saturday at the Mountain Valley tournament is to win it.
Thats the bottom line, he said.
Easts had many big moments this season, but his fondest memory on the wrestling mats came his sophomore season in 2007-08.
I won the teams Most Improved award, East said.
East will attend UNC-Charlotte in the fall to major in either computer science or architecture.
The Greyhounds Simmons has trouble pinpointing the highlight of this season for he and his team.
Id say the highlight has been the entire season, he said. Its been the best experience of my life.
Top-ranked, Simmons has high hopes for Saturdays tournament.
Im ranked first, but Im not looking past anybody, even in the first round, he said. I hope to win it.
Simmons expects he may see a familiar Surry Central mat foe, Josh Stover, during the tournament.
Hes a friend, Simmons said of Stover. Ive beaten him five out of five times Ive wrestled him.
Hes a junior, and hell be better than I am this year in his senior year.
The Hounds Morgan has one goal for Saturday: to make the all-conference team.
Ive never made the all-conference team, he said. I think that would be a great achievement.
Morgan said top opponents in the 171-pound weight class are Wilkes Centrals Leo Guevera, Forbushs Mike Lawson and Surry Centrals Nate Murphy.
Morgans highlight of this season was pinning Murphy for the very first time in a match.
I didnt beat him at all last year, Morgan said of Murphy. Now, Im 3-1 against him this year.
Morgan plans to attend one of three schools in the fall, either Appalchian State University, East Carolina or West Carolina to study music education.
North Surry wrestling coach Eric Jessup is confident about his team going into the tournament.
I feel pretty good about the way theyre looking right now, Jessup said. We still have a couple things to work on before Saturday, but were wrestling pretty well going in.
Jessup said Surry Central, Wilkes Central and Starmount look like the main competition going into this seasons tournament.
Last seasons champ was Wilkes Central.
Surry Centrals gonna be tough, Jessup said.
Central is actually a good tournament team, he emphasized. Theyre a good dual team but also a very good tournament team.
Of course, Starmount and Wilkes Central are both tough, he added.
Conference records determine the seeds for the tournament. Those seeds came out Thursday morning.
Starting time for the Mountain Valley 2-A Conference tournament is 9 a.m.
Contact Justin Nuzzo at [email protected] or 719-1922.