LEXINGTON — The Granite Bear wrestlers mauled North Forsyth 67-9, then beat Lexington 51-30 in a trimatch Tuesday.
Mount Airy remains perfect at 6-0 going into a big weekend at Surry Central for the Jimmy Martin Classic.
There were several outstanding performances in both matches, according to Coach Steve Braune.
The North Forsyth match began at 182 where soccer standout Felipe Chavez made his first start.
Felipe came out for the team as a freshman, but didn’t wrestle as a sophomore, noted Braune. Back with the team as a junior, Felipe is young and green, but big, strong and athletic, he said.
He needs to learn how to use leverage better and how to control his hips, said Braune, but working with Austin Branch and Landon Mumford in practice will make him better in a hurry.
As for Tuesday night, Chavez pulled off bookend falls, winning the first match of the first meet and then the last match of the second meet.
He pinned North Forsyth’s DeAndre Kellyman in 26 seconds and Lexington’s Zach Griffith in 1:35.
At 195, J.J. Wheeler did even better, pinning Deshaun Dargan in only 15 seconds.
Another athlete coming over from a fall sport is football player David Sparger. He got his first action at 220 and pulled out a 4-3 minor decision over Erick Rodriguez.
That gave the Bears a 15-0 lead after three matches.
At 285, Riley Shaw stopped Diego Panchar in 30 seconds for a 21-0 lead.
At the next three weights, the Bears accepted forfeits: Emily Webb (106), Jacob Hogue (113) and Colt McMillian (120).
Those 18 points made it 39-0.
The first loss came at 126 where Austin Hawks was pinned late in the second period by Daceion Reynolds.
Senior Jackson Blizzard (132) pinned Jamal Brannon in 42 seconds.
At 138, Chandler Snyder pinned Jesus Hernandez in 1:41 for a 51-6 margin.
At 145, Kenyon Smith lost a 2-0 minor decision to Charles Markulik, a senior who was 5-0 coming in.
That one was stalemate with the fighters on their feet much of the time, said Braune.
Kenyon was penalized for locking his hands to give up one point, then in a later period Markulik started on bottom and got an escape for the only two points, the coach said.
Triston Mabry (152) pinned James Myers in 1:56.
The match of the night came at 160, Braune said, where sophomore Cameron Pack earned a major decision over a senior who won more than 30 matches last year.
“Cameron’s match was outstanding,” said Braune. “From the get-go, Cameron dominated him.”
Early on, Pack took Tyquan Pinkey down and earned back time for a quick five points.
“He rode him out for the rest of the period,” the coach said, for a 5-0 lead.
In the second period, Pack started on bottom and reversed Pinkey for two points, but gave back a point on locking hands for a 7-1 lead. He earned two more points for a nearfall to lead 9-1 going into the final period.
Pinkey started on bottom and got an escape, then he took Pack down, the coach said. However, Pack reversed him and earned two more points for back time for a 13-4 win.
The senior might have underestimated Cameron, Braune said. Not only did Cam give plenty of effort, he even seemed to outmaneuver Pinkey with better technique.
The Bears finished off their impressive win as Landon Mumford (170) pinned Taylor Fletcher in 1:10.
In the second match against the host school, Braune said he was a little surprised by the lack of a big home crowd. He said he and co-coach Michael Bodnar were very pleased that they saw more Mount Airy fans there than Lexington.
The match started at 195, but Lexington decided to hold out its wrestler and give up a forfeit.
The coaches might have seen how quickly J.J. took down his North Forsyth man and thought they’d have better luck bumping Rey Cuanas up to 220 to take on Sparger, Braune speculated.
That strategy failed as Sparger pinned Cuanas early in the second period, giving the Bears a 12-0 lead.
At heavyweight, Chandler Hull was pinned in the first period by Zack Mauldin, who is undefeated on the season. That made it 12-6.
The 106 match was nonstop action, the coach said. Hogue pinned Emanuel James, but it took until there were only 41 seconds left.
“It took him a while, but he got it done,” said Braune. “There were takedowns and nearfalls and reversals. … The box score is full of numbers.”
Hogue led 6-4 after the first period. James made an escape to close to 6-5, but Hogue made a takedown and got two points for nearfall to go up 10-5.
In the third period, Hogue started on bottom. James first gave up a point for clenching his hands, then allowed Hogue to escape for a 12-5 score.
Jacob then took Emanuel down and put him on his back for a pin, said Braune.
Jacob is really good on his feet and a good scrambler, the coach said. He is just a freshman, but showed good technique last year at the middle school working with Coach Dennis France.
As the Bears team has grown, so has its staff. Three years ago, the Bears only had seven wrestlers in six weight classes for a team that went 0-27.
This year, Mount Airy added a third coach as Cody Atkins is the techniques coach. Cody is a former state champion from West Stokes, said Braune. The team also has two volunteer coaches assisting, he added.
At 113 the Bears gave up a forfeit to Chris Clodfelter.
At 120 McMillian earned a decision win over Adrian Rocha, one of Lexington’s better kids, Braune said.
There was a discrepancy in the scorekeeping, he said. Mount Airy had Colt winning a major decision 15-7, while Lexington said it was a minor decision at 14-8. Since Lexington was the host school, the Bears had to go by that score.
That made it 21-12, and Braune was a little concerned that the one point could come back to haunt the Bears.
What the coach doesn’t want to get lost in the paperwork is that Colt pulled off a nice upset.
Colt wrestled with the high school team as an eighth-grader last year because he was old enough to join the team. Now he is a freshman, but an experienced one.
At 126, Austin Hawks was pinned by Alan Polomares in the first period to cut the lead to 21-18.
Blizzard (132) pinned Sokar Leum in 1:55 to make it 27-18, but Snyder (138) was pinned quickly to make it 27-24.
Sakeem McIntosh took Chandler down right off the bat and stuck him, said the coach.
At 145, Smith lost to Demetrius Alston in the second period. That gave Lexington the lead at 30-27
It wasn’t a good night for Kenyon, losing twice, the coach said.
Mabry (152) put the Bears on top to stay by pinning Craig Cook in 1:00. Triston had him down early and fought hard for a pin, the coach said.
Pack (160) earned his second win with a pin of Kevin Green in 1:56. That made it 39-30 with two weights left.
Mumford (170) clinched the team win with a pin of Wilson Delcid in 3:27.
Chavez finished off the night by pinning Zach Griffith.
These two teams will have a rematch on Dec. 19 when Lexington comes to Mount Airy.
By then the Bears might have two more wrestlers available after recovering from football injuries.
Shay Wilson battled a knee injury last winter and is sidelined now with a sore wrist. Brian Bennett injured his knee early in the season and is still on the mend.
The Bears improved to 6-0. The team set a school record with 34 wins last year and is gunning for a new mark this year.