The Greyhounds’ alumni basketball game was such a huge hit that the wrestlers want to get in on the action.
The North Surry Academic & Athletic Booster Club is planning an alumni wrestling event for April 12, featuring more than two dozen former Hounds.
Since the event was scheduled, wrestling coach Eric Jessup said 26 wrestlers already have committed to take part and others may come trickling in over the next week.
Jessup said there will be a small admissions fee and concessions available, with all proceeds going to the booster club to support sports and academic endeavors.
“If it weren’t for the boosters, we wouldn’t have uniforms,” said Jessup, or a lot of other necessary equipment.
When the high school held its first-ever alumni basketball games last month, the crowd packed into the gym so tightly people were sitting in the aisles between the bleachers and crammed along the walls.
Jessup would love to see a similar turnout for wrestling.
Not only does he expect to see a lot of Greyhounds there, but Jessup noted the camaraderie that area wrestlers have these days. So he thinks this event will draw plenty of wrestlers from Surry Central, East Surry and Mount Airy.
With such a good number of men pledging to take part, Jessup said he is looking to split up the guys into two teams for a Blue/Grey match.
One team’s coach will be North’s inaugural wrestling coach, Errol Hill. Jessup said he has talked to former wrestling coach Scott Shelton about taking on the other team.
While the lineup could still change, here is a list of men who have committed thus far: Chris Allen, Colby Bowman, Jacob Cook, Seth Cook, Nick Cox, Tyler “Dilly” Dowling, Joey Edwards, Ethan Goings, Dillon Hawks, Corrie Hazard, Ethan Hazard, Randy Jenkins, Justin Jones, Dakota Key, Dwayne Lewis, Matt Lowe, Logan Maines, Chris Martin, Austin “Shrimpy” McMillian, Tommy McMillian Jr., Chris Murray, Cory Parker, Gralyn Slate, Levi Slate, T.J. Spraker and Brandon Upchurch.
Jessup said he plans to start the event at 6 p.m. with a recognition of all the North wrestlers in attendance, including those who won’t be wrestling.
Then the matches themselves won’t be the traditional two-minute periods since these adults aren’t up to the same cardiovascular fitness they had in high school, said Jessup.
Jessup’s friend and Surry Central wrestling coach Stephen Priddy will be the guest announcer for the matches.
Those wanting more information on the event or to sign up to wrestle can check out the Facebook page at North Surry Wrestling Alumni or contact Eric Jessup via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.