South Stokes wrestling team grabs wins at North Forsyth Duals
by Erik Spencer Hill
The Saura wrestling team picked up wins at the North Forsyth duals tournament last weekend. South Stokes went 2-3 in the tournament.
The Sauras’ wins for the day were against Carver (48-30) and Eastern Alamance (50-18).
The Sauras were forced to take some tough losses for the day, as well. The team lost back-to-back matches against Parkland (72-6) and West Forsyth (59-15). The team also lost a close match to Reynolds by four points (42-38).
But, Sauras Coach Tim Lawson said that Parkland and West Forsyth are not easy teams to beat. Both of the teams are currently ranked in the top 10 4A teams in the state.
“They are the real deal,” he said. “But, our guys wrestled hard and were neck-to-neck in several big matches.”
Several Sauras had strong showings on the mat last Saturday.
Evan Scott (220) had a perfect day on the mat and went 5-0. He was followed by T.J. Whaley (160), who went 4-1 for the day. John Kevin Fischer (120), Keegan Ross (145), Matt Poss (152) and Christian Artis (182) all grabbed three wins to finish the day with a record of 3-2.
“When you wrestle good teams like we faced on Saturday your fundamental weaknesses and flaws show up,” Lawson said. “We still have time to fix some of the fundamental things we are still having trouble working through.”
Lawson said that facing off against tougher teams like Parkland and West Forsyth should help the Sauras get better and prepare them for the upcoming regional and state tournaments.
After beating the Wildcats 51-30 on Jan. 8, the Sauras now have a conference record of 2-0 and the team is 14-10 overall.
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