“We wrestled well but we wrestled young,” said North Stokes coach Nicholas Brandes.
The Vikings fell 43-27 to West Davidson and 54-22 to Rockingham County in their first home match of the season.
“You could tell the difference between the guys who’ve been doing it for a few years and the guys who haven’t. They’ve just got to remember this is a sport that gives back. If they stick with it they’ll be fine,” Brandes said.
Against West Davidson, Trinity Fain, Scott Jones, Paden Lungrin, and Ross Lucia won by pin. Tevin Carter won by decision.
“I thought Ross (Lucia) wrestled really well and aggressive,” the coach said.
The senior has a record of 16 pins in the 285 weight class, the most on the team, and is currently 23-2 at this point in the season.
Other Vikings wrestlers who’ll wrap up 2015 with double digit pins are: Tristan Fain (13), Carter (10), and Jones (10).
North was at a disadvantage on Wednesday with three wrestlers out with injuries in key weight classes, 126, 138, and 170, but the coach is expecting the athletes to return in weeks to come.
“Those are usually places we can pick up one or two matches,” Brandes said.
Along with a pin from Lucia against Rockingham County, Devin Collins and Tyler Dodson won by forfeit, and Jones by major decision.
Dalton Saywers looked to take down his opponent, a 182-pound contender who’d been recognized earlier that evening for earning his 100th pin as a junior, but fell in the third period.
“Dalton lost, but he wrestled hard. That kid was as strong as an ox,” Brandes said.
North takes a little break before returning to the mat on Friday, Jan. 8 against East Surry.
“Our front schedule’s a little brutal,” Brandes explained. “Most teams have only wrestled 14, 15 matches. We’re up to 25 so it’s a difficult stretch, but it’ll pay dividends when it comes conference time.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.