North Surry’s wrestling team took its first step toward a possible Western Piedmont Athletic Conference crown.
The Greyhounds also picked up some valuable experience against a 4A powerhouse in the nightcap.
North was the host for a tri-meet on its new wrestling mat Tuesday night, in which the team opened the proceedings with a 74-4 rout of conference rival Carver, then took a break while the night’s other guest, Ben L. Smith High School of Greensboro, wrestled the Yellowjackets and also defeated them easily. Finally, in the nightcap, Smith, the state’s fourth-ranked 4A team according to RetroRankings.com, wrestled the Hounds and won 52-27.
The loss to the Eagles dropped North Surry’s record to 3-2 on the season, 1-0 in conference play thanks to the win over Carver. Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Hounds had taken part in the Davidson County Invitational, where they defeated East Davidson 42-30 and West Davidson 42-22 back on Nov. 22.
North Surry competed at the Nov. 19 Perry Lloyd Invitational, an individual tournament hosted by Elkin. The Hounds’ Quinn Walker was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at that event.
As for Tuesday’s meet, the opener against Carver was no contest. The Yellowjackets had some solid individual wrestlers and actually did better against Smith than they did against the Hounds. However, in their showdown with North Surry, they had to forfeit the first five weight classes and were down 30-0 right out of the gate. At 138, Austin Shumate scored a pin in just 50 seconds. At 145, Levi Childress did likewise in just 97 ticks. After two more forfeited weight classes, the Yellowjackets earned their only win at 170 pounds, where Quintin Horne claimed a 16-3 major decision over the Hounds’ Michael Martin, who doggedly refused to surrender a pin.
Avery Simmons followed with a pin victory at 182, taking down his man after 30 seconds of the first period. At 195, Carlo Perez fought back from a near-fall in the first period and wrestled an excellent tactical match for a come-from-behind 8-7 victory and three more Hound points. The last contested match of the night came at 220, where Luke Hauser scored a pin in just 88 seconds.
The Smith match wasn’t as much fun. This one opened at 120 pounds, where Reid Walker gave the home team a 6-0 lead with a second-period pin, but the Eagles won five straight matches to lead 28-6 before the next North Surry win came for Sammy McMillian at 160, on a forfeit. Simmons won again at 182, this time scoring a pin fall in 84 seconds. At 275, Jared Tickle won by decision for the last three North Surry points on the mat. The visitors forfeited to Jake Lawson at 113 in the final match of the night.
The Hounds will return to action on Saturday in the West Wilkes Invitational in Miller’s Creek.
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