Before heading to the conference tournament over the weekend North Stokes downed two more opponents. The Vikings defeated Walkertown 36-24 and Atkins 45-12.
Against Walkertown, Tevin Carter won by pin along with Trinity Fain, Tristan Fain, Dalton Sawyers, and Ross Lucia. Logan Smith also picked up points for the Vikings.
On Wednesday against Atkins, Carter had another pin along with Trinity Fain, Tristan Fain, Sawyers, Paden Lungrin, and Lucia. Scott Jones won by decision along with Smith.
North finished their regular season 11-19 and 2-3 in the Northwest 1A Conference.
“Overall, I think we wrestled well. For not having any mat time for a week, I was pleasantly surprised,” said Vikings coach Nicholas Brandes.
Sawyers finished 5-0 undefeated throughout the conference season.
“I’ve bragged about how good I think our conference is and for him to be able to finish 5-0, means a lot,” the coach said.
Brandes has seen drastic improvements in his athletes from the beginning of the season until now.
“We’re listening. I feel we had a team that liked to do what they thought was going to help them win, but now everyone’s really striving to do what we ask of each other and it’s making us better. The big thing I hope they take from the season is that they can’t half-way do things. You have to commit to it and follow through. If they do what they are supposed to do, they can achieve great things,” the coach said.
North Stokes took eight wrestlers to the conference tournament where they came in fourth place at Bishop McGuinness on Saturday. Sawyers, who won a conference title at 170-pounds, was named Northwest 1A Conference co-wrestler of the year. Carter won the title in the 145 class and Lucia finished first at 285. Jones came in second place at 195lbs, (Tristan) Fain third at 160 and (Trinity) Fain third at 152. Lungrin finished fourth at 220.
In the team tally, Mount Airy claimed first place with 211 points, East Surry second at 168, Bishop McGuinness 126, North Stokes 115, Walkertown 80, and Atkins 41.
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