Wrestlers prepare for conference tourney
by Erik Spencer Hill
The Sauras are getting in their final practices and matches ahead of the 1A/2A Northwest Conference tournament this Saturday at North Surry High School. Final adjustments are being made to make sure the wrestling team finishes the season with a flourish.
A little over a week ago, the Sauras were tied with North Surry atop the conference standings with an undefeated conference record of 3-0. But, some upsets in the past week forced the team down several notches.
In the past week, South Stokes lost to North Surry (61-12), Bishop McGuinness (40-33) and East Surry (43-27).
“We did not wrestle well and take care of business this past week,” Saura Coach Tim Lawson said.
Lawson said that with the recent losses, it will be difficult for the team to make it to the state duals. He said that wrestling is a tough sport that requires “focus” throughout the entire season.
“We have got to push ourselves and work harder in practice over the next three weeks if we want to reach our potential,” Lawson said. “We have had some distractions due to the weather and need to get back to business.”
Lawson said that for most of the season “upper” and “middle weights” carried the team.
“Last week things caught up with us,” Lawson said. “We have got to find a way to fill all our lower weights to be more competitive as a team against stronger teams.”
This season John Kevin Fischer (120) went 28-16 in his matches, Morgan Bagley (132) went 36-8, Keegan Ross (145) went 31-14, Matt Poss (152) went 25-10, T.J. Whaley (160) went 39-9, Christian Artis (182) went 34-14, Corbin Tackett (195) went 24-20 and Evan Scott (220) went 40-5.
The Sauras are now in sixth place in conference standings. The team is 19-17 overall and 3-3 in the conference as they finish their last week of the regular season.
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