East Surry (2-3) beat Starmount to split its match and send the home team to an 0-2 start to the season.
In its first match, Surry Central actually had more losses than Starmount, but won on points 42-31. The Eagles had one forfeit win and six pins, which count as six points each, while the Rams had to settle for three decision wins and one major decision win that counted for fewer points.
“They matched up really well with us,” said Coach Stephen Priddy. It was the effort of his kids not to give in even when they were behind on points individually that lifted the team to a win. Wrestling can seem like a solo sport, but this shows the impact a wrestler can have even in a loss.
Kevin Pack lost a decision to Marco Fuentes at 112 lbs, but Priddy said Pack performed really well. He said Jared Johnson also showed well in a decision loss.
Later in the day, Johnson would be in the opening match against East Surry and won, pinning Cody Bryant, whom Priddy called one of the Cardinals’ better wrestlers.
“Jared is a tough kid, works really hard,” said Priddy. “He’s good at not letting a bad showing roll over to next match.”
Like the Starmount match, the Eagles did a good job of not getting pinned by the Cards. Three of their five losses were by decision, but none of their victories went to a scorecard, leading to a dominant 51-21 score.
The coach said he was impressed with how well Carlos Pena looked. A state-qualified wrestler at 130 lbs., Pena, now at 140, seems to be fully recovered from the sprained ankle he had two weeks ago. He pinned both opponents.
Jared Dimmette, 160 lbs. and fresh off his time on the football squad, lost his first two matches of the year, but pinned both of his opponents in less than two minutes each to improve to 4-2.
Heavyweight Wes Brown, ranked fifth in the state, also pinned both of his adversaries. As did Johnny Glass at 152 lbs. and Jacob Longworth at 125 lbs.
Sophomore Mason Snow won by forfeit against Starmount, then went the distance against Dillon Slate for a 13-6 decision.
Mason has had a couple of quick pins this season, so it was good for him to have a long match to test his focus and drive, the coach said.
Several area teams will take part in the Blackhaw Invitational Tournament at West Wilkes High School Saturday.
East Surry 39, Starmount 36
103 Austin Macemore, Starmount Win by Forfeit
112 Marco Fuentes, Starmount, W over Gibson, Joe East Surry W DEC 11 - 9
119 Slate, Dillon, East Surry L Forfeit
125 Cody Leonard, Starmount Poindexter, Levi East Surry W DEC 6 - 4
130 Eric Smith, Starmount Hunter, Blaine East Surry L FALL 2:23
135 Quiterio Daniel, Starmount Smith, Nick East Surry L DEC 6 - 0
140 Dylan Floyd, Starmount Speer, Jimmy East Surry W FALL 1:24
145 Ben O'Donnell, Starmount Bryant, Cody East Surry W FALL 3:13
152 Mason Welborn, Starmount, French, Zach East Surry L FALL 2:30
160 Micheal Wood, Starmount Fowler, Cody East Surry L FALL 3:05
171 Fregia, Jacob, East Surry L Forfeit
189 Austin Sloan, Starmount Hooker, James East Surry W FALL 1:08
215 Brandon Oliver, Starmount Upchurch, Greg East Surry L FALL 3:10
285 Steven Guillen, Starmount Woods, Chad East Surry W FALL 1:18
Surry Central 42, Starmount 31
103 Juan Negrete, Surry Central Macemore, Austin Starmount L FALL 3:26
112 Kevin Pack, Surry Central Fuentes, Marco Starmount L DEC 6 - 11
119 Mason Snow, Surry Central W Forfeit
125 Jacob Longworth, Surry Central Leonard, Cody Starmount W FALL 2:44
130 Rayond Dance, Surry Central Smith, Eric Starmount W FALL 1:49
135 Rigo Martinez, Surry Central Ouiterio, Daniel Starmount L MD 2 - 13
140 Cesar Pena, Surry Central Floyd, Dylan Starmount W FALL 4:33
145 Jared Johnson, Surry Central O'Donnell, Ben Starmount L DEC 6 - 12
152 Johnny Glass, Surry Central Welborn, Mason Starmount W FALL 1:18
160 Jared Dimmette, Surry Central Weatherman, Kyle Starmount W FALL 1:28
171 Adrian Rodrigez, Surry Central Wood, Micheal Starmount L DEC 8 - 11
189 Bryant White, Surry Central Sloan, Austin Starmount L FALL 1:40
215 Humberto Moreira, Surry Central Oliver, Brandon Starmount L FALL 1:28
285 Wes Brown, Surry Central Guillen, Steven Starmount W FALL 2:42
Surry Central 51, East Surry 21
103 Juan Negrete, Surry Central, W Forfeit
112 Kevin Pack, Surry Central Gibson, Joe East Surry L DEC 4 - 9
119 Mason Snow, Surry Central Slate, Dillon East Surry W DEC 13 - 6
125 Jacob Longworth, Surry Central Poindexter, Levi East Surry W FALL 1:45
130 Rayond Dance, Surry Central Hunter, Blaine East Surry L DEC 4 - 7
135 Rigo Martinez, Surry Central Smith, Nick East Surry L DEC 6 - 8
140 Cesar Pena, Surry Central Speer, Jimmy East Surry W FALL :49
145 Jared Johnson, Surry Central Bryant, Cody East Surry W FALL 3:05
152 Johnny Glass, Surry Central French, Zach East Surry W FALL 4:20
160 Jared Dimmette, Surry Central Fowler, Cody East Surry W FALL 1:53
171 Adrian Rodrigez , Surry Central Fregia, Jacob East Surry L FALL :52
189 Bryant White, Surry Central Hooker, James East Surry W FALL 1:11
215 Humberto Moreira, Surry Central UpChurch, Greg East Surry L FALL 1:28
285 Wes Brown, Surry Central Woods, Chad East Surry W FALL :47