West Stokes wrestlers extended their winning streak Friday night after grappling for a 52-27 win over South Stokes.
“We wrestled fairly well overall as a team, but we still have room for improvement,” said Wildcats coach Buck Watkins.
West Stokes Eric Sink outlasted Tanner Moore in the 182-pound weight class putting West on the board 6-0.
The Sauras tied 6-6 with a forfeit at 195.
West strengthened their lead after gaining two forfeits in the in the 220 and 285 weight class.
Wests’ Carson Goins, who is still ranked No. 6 in 2-A RetroRankings.com in the 106-pound weight class, pinned freshman Lowell Shotten. The lead put the Wildcats ahead 24-6.
In the 113-pound weight class Saura Manuel Espino defeated Nicholas Smith by decision.
West Stokes Victor Moore defeated Ryan Rice by technical fall at 120.
“Victor and Tim (Hurd) are both wrestling very well at this point in the season,” Watkins said.
South Stokes won the next two matches. At 126, Alvin Reynolds pinned Evan Wall and John Kevin Fischer pinned Micah Hopwood. Although West was still ahead 29-21 Watkins said South’s team made his wrestlers fight for every point.
“The competition was great. Coach Amos has been around a long time and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy matches for us. South Stokes has a scrappy, hardworking team,” Watkins said.
At 138, Hurd won by technical fall over South Stokes Cooper Ross making the score 34-21.
Saura Steven Fatz pinned Noah Hall in the 145-pound weight class giving South their last points of the night.
West Stokes Tino Ramirez pushed the Wildcats lead 40-27 with a forfeit.
Steven Wright (160) and Jacob Conn (170) finished with pins.
“I have to give Jacob (Conn) a lot of credit because he’s wrestling up a weight class to fill a spot at 170. He competes as hard as anyone. Being 10 pounds under his weight, he’s doing great and learning all the time,” Watkins said. “I wish Steven Wright would have been on the team last year. He has a great work ethic and is a very strong young man. He has a chance to upset some people in the conference and region this year. He’s someone to look out for.”
Watkins said his team continues to focus on getting better each time they hit the mat. This Friday, Jan. 22 is senior night at West Stokes. If the Wildcats defeat Surry Central they’ll make the playoffs for the first time in five years.
“It would be a huge accomplishment for our program and the community. We’d love to see everyone come out,” the coach said.
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