North Surry opened its wrestling season with a close 36-33 loss to North Wilkes.
“We wrestled hard; they’ve got a solid team,” said Coach Eric Jessup. Both teams were shorthanded because their football teams are in the first round of the state playoffs Friday night.
Only one match went the distance, which isn’t that unusual this time of year, Jessup said. Guys are still gaining experience, plus their conditioning isn’t there so they get fatigued and are easier to pin.
At 120, Reed Walker pinned North’s Jared Schmitz, second period, 6-0.
At 126, Quinn Walker forfeit, 12-0.
At 132, Austin Shumate pinned Chris Combs, first period, 18-0.
At 138, Kobe Slate, pinned by Obed Alvarez, 18-6. Kobe had Obed on his back at the end of the first period, so he almost won, noted Jessup.
At 145, Levi Childress, pinned by Devin Nichols, first period, 18-12.
At 152, Hunter Burrell pinned Gage Riznyk in the second period, 24-12.
At 160, Robby Duplessis, pinned by Elijah Winters, first period, 24-18.
At 170, Ryan Mauck pinned William Hoover in the first period, 30-18.
At 182, Kyle Casstevens, pinned by Austin Perry, third period. This was a back and forth match, said the coach. 30-24.
At 195, Carlo Perez lost a 4-3 decision to Tiger Cortez, the only match to go the distance, 30-27.
At 220, Luke Hauser was pinned by Marcus Bickers in the second period, 30-33.
At 285, Jared Pickle pinned Patrick Vickers in the first period, 36-33.
At 106, double forfeit.
At 113, North Wilkes’ Drake Byrd received a forfeit.
The Grehounds travel to Elkin Saturday for an individual tournament.