West Stokes wrestlers were gifted with a couple wins going into Christmas break. Carson Goins (106) and Victor Moore (120) took first place finishes at Statesville High School on Dec. 19. Tim Hurd (138) and Tino Martinez (152) finished second.
“We wrestled well for only taking a few guys from the team. Every individual made improvements. We’re all so close to being right at the top with the best guys in North Carolina,” said Wests’ coach Buck Watkins.
The Wildcats conference opener against North Surry kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 5. The coach said his team is making a few adjustments, but is mainly focused on staying healthy and keeping in shape.
“We’re going to continue to get better right now because January and February is when it counts. I’ve set high goals to get some guys to Greensboro this year as individuals and make the playoffs as a team. We have a very legit shot at winning the conference,” Watkins said.
The coach came in with a five-year plan for the program and said in year two they’re beginning to see substantial progress.
“We’ll continue to keep building. Everyone wants to be a part of the success, but not everyone wants to be part of the process. But the young men on this team, the parents, the school and community have all been buying in and know this wrestling program can achieve,” the coach said.
“We’ll will find out next Tuesday where we stand when we wrestle the defending champs at North Surry,” he said.
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