South Stokes hosted their annual Rick Williams Duals on Saturday and defeated Reagan 40-36 in an exciting come-from-behind win. Trailing, with four matches left, Manuel Espino pinned his opponent at 106 lbs. in the third period to make it 30-28. South was forced to forfeit at 113 after freshman Lowell Shotton was hurt earlier in the day keeping the Sauras behind at 36-28. Ryan Rice came to the mat and pinned his opponent quickly at 120 lbs. Junior Alvin Reynolds clinched the win with a pin in the second period at 126 lbs.
“I was really excited. I thought they wrestled well and I saw a lot of improvement,” said coach Chad Amos. “Alvin did a great job Saturday. He’s getting better on his feet. The good thing overall is they’re learning and trying to pick up something from each match whether they win or lose.”
Reynolds finished with four pins on Saturday and defeated Josh Parker from East Wilkes, a wrestler ranked number five in the 1A standings based off retrorankings.com.
Manuel Espino, who wrestled at 106 and 113 went 4-1.
“His last match was a tough one. The competition was good. I was pleased with how he did,” the coach said.
Ryan Rice (120 lbs) went 3-2 with 3 pins.
Against Cardinal Gibbons, freshman Cooper Ross (138 lbs) came away with a 12-8 overtime win.
John Kevin Fischer improved his record to 21-8, 13 of them pins after going 5-0 on Saturday.
Steven Fatz also went 5-0 and finished with three pins.
“I thought we wrestled hard. We’ve had some stiff competition early on and I think they’re beginning to see it’s paying off,” Amos said.
The coach was pleased to see his former Sauras wrestling coach, who the tournament is named after, Rick Williams on Saturday.
“He was one that noticed our kids improving and that means a lot coming from him,” Amos said.
According to the coach, another high note for the program is having strong parent support.
“We couldn’t do it without them. They’ve been awesome and it means a lot.”
Northwest Guilford finished 5-0, Cardinal Gibbons 3-2, East Wilkes 3-2, West Iredell 3-2, McMichael 3-2, South Iredell 2-3, South Stokes 1-4, and Reagan 0-5. Round 1: East Wilkes 54 – South Stokes 24, Round 2:
Cardinal Gibbons 54 – South Stokes 27, Round 3: West Iredell 48 – South Stokes 30, Round 4: McMichael 36 – South Stokes 27, Round 5: South Stokes 40 – Reagan 36.
South Stokes hosts Surry Central on Friday night in a conference matchup beginning at 7 p.m.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.