WALNUT COVE — North Surry had a strong overall showing at the Joe Via Invitational Saturday and East Surry’s Markus Brown was voted Most Outstanding wrestler at the individual tournament held at South Stokes.
Northwest Guilford (4A) took the overall win with a score of 175, North Surry finished second with 149, 14 points higher than non-conference rival West Wilkes and East Surry came home fifth.
North Surry had four first place finishers, with Colby Bowman (103), Ethan Hazzard (140), Josh Thomas (145) and Logan Younger (152) all taking tops in their respective weight classes.
“We wrestled well today and the competition was great,” North Surry coach Eric Jessup said. “There were a lot of 3A and 4A schools plus a lot of good 1A and 2A schools. You got a feel for a lot of different styles of wrestling from a lot of different areas.”
The Greyhounds also had several other members to place, with Chris Murray (135)
and Dylan Hawks (160) finishing second while Austin Riggs (215) took third and Cory Cain (Heavyweight) took fourth.
East Surry’s Brown won the 189-pound division while Ryan Lynch (215), Jackson Wilson (heavyweight) and Jacob Fregia (171) all took home second place.
Eagles goes unbeaten at Mt. Tabor Super Duals
WINSTON-SALEM — The Surry Central wrestling team stayed out late Friday night, but it didn’t get to party until Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (15-2) won all nine of their matches at the 13-team Mount Tabor Super Duals that spanned Friday and Saturday. Friday’s competition did not end until after midnight. Then, the wrestlers hit the mats again at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Golden Eagles were the only squad to leave the Duals unscathed.
“It was extremely hard,” Surry Central coach Stephen Priddy said. “We wrestled 4A schools. We had to wrestle Reagan, Northern Durham, who was our best match of the two days, and Middle Creek.”
The Golden Eagles scored a 42-35 victory over Northern. No other match was closer than 28 points.
Casey felts extended his season-long unbeaten streak by winning all nine of his matches. Also going 9-0 were Cesar Pena and Johnny Glass, who was moved up to 152 pounds so the Golden Eagles would not have to forfeit matches. Glass weighed in at 143 pounds.
Hamilton’s 32 leads Runnin’ Pats to win
ASHEVILLE — Surry Runnin’ Patriots Luke Hamilton had a big game to lead his team past host Asheville, 71-52, in a North Carolina Home Educators game Friday night.
Hamilton amassed a game-high 32 points and 11 rebounds. He was followed by Aaron Gibbons with 13 points, Austin Lester with 12 and Nate Gerber with 9. Matt Barkman grabbed 10 rebounds and Lester dished out five assists. Hamilton got most of his points by slicing through the lane into the paint. He went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
“They started out in a little bit of a half-court trap in which we were able to utilize and get easy buckets,” Surry coach Lin Hamilton said. “Luke got a lot of buckets driving through the lane and he got to the free-throw line a lot.
“They really didn’t have anybody to contain him.”
It’s a good thing the Runnin’ Pats found it easy getting to the hoop because they shot 2-for-19 from behind the arc.
Surry (3-6, 2-1) travels to Forsyth for a conference game Tuesday.
Surry 71, Asheville 52
A — 6-19-17-10 — 52
S — 20-14-22-15 — 71
Asheville — Blum 17, Hendricks 15, Hunt 9, Page 4, Maffen 3, Schill 3, Scott 1
Surry — Luke Hamilton 32, Aaron Gibbons 13, Austin Lester 12, Nate Gerber 9, Matt Barkman 5