DOBSON - The Wildcats had a strong start in their wrestling match against Surry Central’s Golden Eagles on Tuesday night. Halfway through the match, the team was in command of a 27-12 lead.
However, some late-match losses and injuries hurt the Wildcats.
The Eagles rallied and fought to tie the match up 36-36 in the final moments. Surry Central was awarded the win for the night based on criteria. The final score of the match was 37-36.
The Wildcats lower-weight divisions helped to put the team ahead in the early part of the match.
West Stokes’ George Patrick (113) pinned Garrett Johnson in the first period of his matchup.
Wildcats Coach Kris Kahila said that although Patrick is a first year wrestler, he has developed his technique a lot through the season.
“He’s just mauling everyone,” he said.
Surry Central forfeited to Jacob Widner at 132.
Wildcat Holden Sands followed up with a 7-4 win by decision.
Nick Wall (145) grabbed a pin in his weight division.
Josh Adkins wrestled his opponent to a pin at 152.
The big shock of the evening was during a matchup between Wildcat Derrick Drane (170) and Calvin Inman. Early in the match, Drane was ahead 5-0, then Inman made a reversal and brought him down to the mat for the pin.
At the end, Drane lay motionless on the mat.
Drane had suffered a pinched nerve in his neck. Health officials with the match checked out Drane and then called Surry County EMS, who transported the wrestler to Forsyth Medical Center.
Doctors at Forsyth Medical Center checked out Drane’s neck and found that there was no “permanent” or “structural” damage, Kahila said. Right now, Drane’s neck is “sore,” but Kahila believes that there is a good chance he will still wrestle in the conference tournament on Feb. 9.
“I’m happy to say he’s okay,” he said.
Coach Kahila said that his wrestlers have been steadily “improving” through the season and he expects several to do well in the conference tournament.