Jeff Linville firstname.lastname@example.org
January 29, 2014
Mount Airy wrestler Triston Mabry reached his 100th career win on the road Friday.
Mabry might have earned his 100th in a tri-match at home, but Patrick County had to pull out of the meet.
Instead the junior hit the milestone at North Stokes with a second-period pin of Russell Beasley.
While it is disappointing not to get the mark in front of the home crowd, maybe it is better this way, said Mabry.
The home match last week was Senior Night, and the seniors deserved all the recognition for their years of hard work, he said.
Sports recognition is a common thing in the Mabry household.
Father Bill Mabry last year was inducted into the Mount Airy Sports Hall of Fame as a football star and all-conference wrestler. His mom was a cheerleader.
Older brother Will played football for the Bears. And three sisters added soccer, tennis and volleyball to the mix.
Triston tried different sports over the years: baseball, basketball, track and pee wee football.
These days, wrestling is a year-round sport, he said, so it is difficult to do other sports.
His dedication is certainly paying off. Mabry earned all-conference honors as a freshman and sophomore. He was a state qualifier last year.
With his 100th win, Mount Airy presented Mabry with a certificate acknowledging him for being the fastest wrestler to 100 wins in school history.
The Bear coaches have said that barring injury Triston will graduate next year as the school’s all-time leader in wins.
Asked about his favorite wrestling moments, Mabry said he had two that really stick out.
Last year he faced Shane Hemmings, West Davidson, at 152 pounds. Mabry won the match — the first time he’d ever beaten someone who had qualified for the state tournament.
The other great memory was going into the 1A regional semifinals last year. He pinned his good friend Jimmy Speer, East Surry, and knew he had qualified for the state 1A tournament himself.
This year, he says he isn’t satisfied with just qualifying for the state tournament. He wants to win the 1A regional and then place in the state tournament.
And with his teammates, Mabry wants to go deep into the 1A dual-team playoffs.
With the way that the Bears have performed this season, a deep run is a realistic goal.
Mount Airy (25-7) is in action tonight at Walkertown (13-14). With a win, the Bears would finish the Northwest Conference season undefeated.
Then the Northwest Conference Tournament will be back at Walkertown on Saturday.