North Stokes wrestlers defeated East Surry in a tournament earlier this season, but couldn’t muster up a win Friday night and fell 56-18 to the Cardinals.
“It was one of the worst matches we’ve wrestled all year. We didn’t move well on the bottom, but it’s something we’ll work on,” said North’s coach Nicholas Brandes.
North had three early forfeits putting them at an 18-0 disadvantage right out of the gate.
Tevan Carter (145) put the Vikings on the board with a pin, giving the junior his 14th win of the season.
“This has been his first year wrestling in high school. It’s nice to have him. He’s worked hard and doing what he needs to do,” Brandes said.
At 182, senior Dalton Sawyers battled for a 5-4 decision banking his 17th win.
“He wrestled hard. Both of those kids were strong and very good wrestlers. He did amazingly well,” the coach said.
Scott Jones added another pin in the 195-pound weight class, making it his 11th pin of the season and 18th win.
Sophomore Paden Lungrin earned his 19th win at 220.
“Paden knows he’s not the strongest of all kids, but he wrestles really smart and it’s very calibrated,” Brandes said.
Although North didn’t claim a win in their conference opener the coach believes the experience will help prepare his team for Friday’s matchup against Bishop McGuinness, a team they beat earlier this season.
“I think they’ll come into that match a little more focused and realizing just because you’ve beaten a team or a wrestler once doesn’t mean you’re going to do it again. Each team is getting better and we have to do the same,” he said.
The Vikings travel to Bishop on Friday for a conference matchup beginning at 6 p.m.
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