North Stokes wrestlers traveled to Alleghany over the weekend and went 3-2 defeating Ashe County 60-17, East Surry 45-35, and Alleghany 51-18 while coming up short against Avery County and Hibriten.
“I feel like at times we wrestled really well, while at other times we wrestled poorly. Our kids are still learning to go hard all of the time,” said coach Nicholas Brandes.
Devin Collins finished 4-1 and earned a pin.
“His record doesn’t indicate success, but the amount of effort he puts into every match is insanely high. He’s just run into a plethora of really good kids,” the coach said.
Tristan Fain went undefeated on Saturday with four pins.
“He’s working really hard and taking to heart everything we tell him. We made a small tweak in one of his moves, and it has paid dividends in his mat time,” Brandes said.
Overall, the coach is continuing to see improvement.
“We’re putting what we do at practice into our matches. There are small things that are really nice to see the kids doing. They’re keeping their head up, thinking about hand position, and looking for moves in specific situations,” he said.
North’s program saw a glimmer of success last season, and it’s translating onto the mat this year.
“We have people in spots where they’re familiar and they’re improving. We’re also a lot more confident. Our kids believe in their ability and understand they can compete,” Brandes said.
At Saturday’s tournament Dalton Sawyers finished 4-1 with 2 pins, Trinity Fain 4-1 with 3 pins, Paden Lungrin 4-1 with a pin, Tevin Carter 3-2 with 3 pins, Zach Moles 3-2 with 2 pins, Ross Lucia 3-2 with a pin, Tyler Dodson 3-2, Dylan Mabe 2-3, and Tristan Chaney 2-3.
In preparation for North’s first home match of the season on Wednesday, the coach said they’ll put into practice what they’ve been working on.
“We’re ready to go. Wrestling is about as much of maintaining the body and will as it is endless repetition of moves. Wrestling is a hard sport that can wear on anyone, and sometimes the best thing to do is get a good stretch, talk through what you’re trying to achieve, and call it a day,” Brandes said.
The Vikings travel to East Wilkes this Friday, Dec. 18.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.