June 05, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN ！ East Surry hosted Mount Airy and North Davidson for some Friday night wrestling action on June 4.
Mount Airy won both of its matches to improve to 13-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Northwest 1A Conference. The Bears defeated East Surry 63-18 and conquered the Black Knights 60-24.
North Davidson defeated East Surry 42-36 in the final match of the night.
East Surry vs. Mount Airy
The Granite Bears jumped out to a 30-0 lead due to forfeit victories in the first five weight classes. The following wrestlers won via forfeit. Weight classes are in parentheses: Hope Horan (106), Brison George (113), Jerry Wall (120), Alex Cox (126) and Caleb Johnson (132).
An early takedown gave East¨s Israel Flores a 2-0 lead over Mount Airy¨s Avery Poindexter in the 138-pound match. Poindexter got on the scoreboard after a Flores penalty, then the Granite Bear tied the score at 2-2 with an escape. Poindexter went up 4-2 after a takedown of his own then pinned Flores with 37.5 seconds left in the first period.
Defending 1A 145 State Champion Franklin Bennett made it 42-0 overall with a 32-second win over Charlie Cummings. Connor Medvar, who won a bronze medal at the 2020 State Championship, increased that lead to 48-0 after pinning Corbin East in just over a minute.
East Surry picked up its first win in the 160 match. Senior Kaleb Tilley pinned Edwin Ramirez in 24 seconds.
East¨s Josh Pack and Mount Airy¨s Luke Leonard nearly went the distance before a fall took place late in the third period. The pair were tied at 2-2 after the first period, then Pack went up 8-4 before the third. Leonard cut the lead to 9-7, but Pack executed a takedown to extend the lead before pinning Leonard¨s shoulders to the mat with 14.1 left on the clock.
The opening contest¨s other marathon match took place soon after Pack and Leonard¨s match. East Surry¨s Eli Becker won the 182 match via forfeit, setting up the 195 bout between Cardinal Daniel Villasenor and Granite Bear Edwin Agabo.
Neither competitor scored in the opening period, and the only point of the second period was awarded to Villasenor for an escape. Agabo tied things up with an escape in the third period.
Still tied at 1-1 at the end of the third period, the pair went into a 60-second sudden victory period. The win was awarded to Agabo after he scored a takedown 21 seconds into the period.
The sudden victory match was followed by a quick Mount Airy win in the 220 match. Mount Airy¨s Sao Lennon pinned East¨s Kevin Blakeney in 18 seconds.
The Bears won the heavyweight match to wrap up the 63-18 victory. Matthew Bagley pinned East Surry¨s Alex Lawson 28 seconds into the second period for the win.
Mount Airy vs. North Davidson
Mount Airy picked up its second win of the night against the North Davidson Black Knights.
George got another forfeit win in the 113 class, but there were far fewer forfeits in this match.
The Bears and Knights traded the first few matches. North Davidson¨s Jacob Ally held an 18-5 lead over Wall before pinning the Bear in the third period of the 120 match. Mount Airy countered with when Cox won the 126 match with a pin in the first period.
Mount Airy¨s Johnson was pinned by North¨s Christian White in the first period of the 132 match. Then, Poindexter did the same to Black Knight senior Oliver Navarro.
The most anticipated match of the evening was the 145 match between Bennett and North Davidson¨s Ian Murdock. Both juniors had stellar sophomore seasons; Bennett won the 1A 145 Championship and finished the year 40-6, while Murdock finished the year 51-7 and finished sixth in the 2A 126 class.
Murdock entered the match with a 16-0 record and was ranked No. 1 in his class for the 2A division.
Neither wrestler earned a point in the first period. In the second, each competitor earned three points for an escape and takedown.
Murdock went up 4-3 with an escape early in the third period. With 37 seconds left in the match, Bennett executed a 2-point takedown before quickly pinning his opponent.
The loss was Murdock¨s first of the 2020-21 season.
Mount Airy won the next three matches via forfeit: Medvar in 152, Ramirez in 160 and Leonard in 170. The trio of forfeits put Mount Airy up 42-12.
The lead continued to grow as Mount Airy piled on victories. Morgan Edwards (182) and Agabo (195) each pinned their opponents in the first period, and Sao Lennon won the 220 match via forfeit.
North Davidson won the final two matches, the 285- and 106-pound classes, to make the final score 60-24
Mount Airy travels to South Stokes on June 8 to compete for the NW1A Conference Championship.
East Surry vs. North Davidson
Forfeits proved costly for East Surry against North Davidson. In the six matches that were actually wrestled, the Cardinals and Knights each won three.
The Cardinals immediately went down 18-0 with forfeits in the 120, 126 and 132 classes.
Murdock bounced back from his only loss of the season to pin East¨s Flores in the first period of the 138 match.
East Surry¨s Troy Haywood took on North¨s Navarro in the 145 match. Navarro took a 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period, then Haywood countered with a reversal. Navarro regained the lead with a reversal of his own, but gave up a reversal and escape to Haywood to give the Cardinal freshman a 5-4 lead at the end of the first period.
A reversal gave Navarro a 6-5 lead in the second period. Navarro went on to pin Haywood with 16 seconds left in the period.
The lead was at 30-0 before East Surry won its first match, but all it took was one to turn things around. East got the Cards on the board by pinning North¨s Jake Meuser in the first period of the 152 match.
From there, Tilley and Pack earned forfeit victories in the 160 and 170 classes.
Becker cut the lead to 30-24 by pinning his opponent in the 182 match. He scored a takedown and two near falls in the first period to go up 8-0. The Cardinal picked up three more points in the second period before getting the fall with 1:13 left on the clock.
Villasenor tied things up at 30-30 with a win in the 195 match. He went up 2-0 with a first-period takedown, then pinned Brandon White 90 seconds into the match.
East Surry¨s lead grew to 36-30 when Izaiah Gulledge won the 220 match via forfeit. North Davidson got its first win since the 145 match when Ethan Davis pinned East¨s Alex Lawson in the 285 match.
The score was tied 36-36 going into the final bout. Neither team had a wrestler for the 113 class, but the Cardinals didn¨t have a representative for the 106 class either and the Knights did. The forfeit gave North Davidson the win 42-36.
East Surry hosts Atkins and East Wilkes on June 7 for Senior Night.