South Stokes finishes fifth in Joe Via Invitational
Erik Spencer Hill
The Sauras wrestling team finished in fifth place in the Joe Via Invitational Tournament hosted at South Stokes High School last Saturday. North Stokes’ team also participated in the event and came in last place. Fourteen teams spread across Guilford, Wilkes, Surry, Forsyth and Davidson counties participated in the event.
In the eyes of head coach Tim Lawson, South is still a young team that has a lot of learning to do on the mat. But several Sauras won big in the tournament.
Senior Evan Scott finished in first place in the 220-pound weight division.
“Scott is having his best season,” Lawson said. Scott is leading the Sauras this year with a record of 16-2.
Four others finished strong in the tournament, as well. Christian Artis finished in fourth place in the 182-pound weight division. T.J. Whaley was third (160), Matt Poss was third (152) and Morgan Bagley finished second (132).
After the tournament, several Sauras are boasting good records this season, Lawson said.
Artis is now 14-5, Bagley 14-3, Poss 8-5, Keegan Ross 12-6, Corbin Tackett 10-6 and Whaley 15-4.
“All are working hard and are much improved so far this season,” Lawson said. “We are a young team overall and still make mistakes that get us in trouble. We are improving everyday.”
North Stokes’ Head Coach Nick Brandes said that his team did “well.” Despite coming in last place overall in the tournament, Cody Bennett, Hunter Moorefield, Trinity Fain and Dalton Sawyers all wrestled well for the Vikings.
Brandes said that the Vikings are made up of mostly sophomores and freshmen.
“What’s good about that youth, though, is that there is a bit of vigor associated with it,” he said. “Also, we can get a lot of young kids matches, which is only going to make their later career that much better.”
The Wildcats wrestling team was on the road last weekend for the Mount Tabor Super Duals Tournament that had matchups from the area spread over Friday and Saturday. The team took home threes wins out of the nine matchups over the weekend.
West Stokes tied up Mount Tabor 36-36 and won by criteria after one of Tabor’s wrestlers was deemed to have unsportsmanlike conduct. Friday afternoon, the team also took home a 54-30 win against Forbush.
The first and last matches of the day did not pay for the Wildcats. The team lost to Starmount and East Forsyth, 54-27 and 66-18.
More tough losses followed on Saturday. The Wildcats lost to Northern Durham (68-6), Wilkes Central (51-30), West Wilkes (54-24), and Leesville Road (64-9).
West Stokes did manage to win their last matchup of the day against East Wilkes 48-33
Wildcats Head Coach Kris Kahila said that the team had to face some tough competition in the tournament. Despite taking home several losses, Kahila said the team has a lot of potential.
“A lot of them looked good,” he said. “I’m not discouraged at all. We’re improving, but we’ve got a long ways to go.”
Several wrestlers stood out for the Wildcats in the tournament, Kahila said.
Holden Sands (138) went 6-1 in the duals tournament. Steven Wright (132) won both of his matches. Past season Wildcat linebacker Brett Whittington (182) went 5-1. Freshman Brandon Cagle (106) had a record of 5-3.
“I’m looking forward to the future,” Kahila said.
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