North and South Stokes renewed their county rivalry on Tuesday as Northwest 1A Conference opponents. The Vikings recognized Paden Lungrin, their only senior this season, but it was the Sauras who won four of the six matches wrestled for a 42-36 victory.
“I thought we wrestled well tonight,” said Saura coach Chad Amos. “It’s important for our kids to get mat time going into the conference tournament and regionals. We have several kids that have a chance to qualify and place for states if they keep working hard and minimize their mistakes.”
North Stokes Clayton Utt started things off for the Vikings and pinned Kendell Caudil in the first period of the 106lbs division for an early 6-0 advantage. A forfeit win for South Stokes Cody Lawson knotted the score at six, but Lucas Utt put the Vikings back up 12-6 when he pinned Justin Flinchum at 120lbs.
After a double forfeit by both teams at 126lbs, North Stokes Levi Collins won by forfeit at 132lbs giving the home team an 18-6 lead. Ricky Gonzalez and Jackson Boles tied the score at 18 with two more forfeits by the Vikings at 132lbs and 145lbs.
In the 152lb weight division, the teams wrestled four straight matches with no forfeits. The Sauras reeled off four consecutive pins by Kaleb Mitchell, Steven Fatz, Cooper Ross, and Jordan Mitchell to take a commanding 42-18 edge. The Sauras forfeited the last three matches of the night to Dylan Mabe, Paden Lungrin, and Orion Martin.
Lungrin was honored before the match and picked up his 97th career win with the forfeit. He’s been a four year varsity wrestler and in that time has qualified for states three times, two-time all-regional, and three-time all-conference. He placed fourth in the state tournament last season and currently stands 26-0 and is ranked No. 1 at the 220lb weight class.
“Paden has been a great asset to our program,” said Viking coach Matthew Wise. “He’s willing to do whatever it takes to make our team better. He’s always led by example. He has been great for our younger kids and giving them advice from his experiences.”
The Sauras will recognize their seniors Friday night against Bishop McGuinness. The Vikings next match will be the Northwest 1A Conference tournament on January 27.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.