Stokes County’s wrestling teams finished just outside the top five in the conference tournament at North Surry over the weekend.
South Stokes finished in sixth place with 112 points, just behind Bishop McGuinness. Further down the list was North Stokes with 35 points and West Stokes with 31 points.
“We only entered 10 wrestlers in the tournament,” Sauras Coach Tim Lawson said. “We lost some team matches we should have won.”
The Sauras were a “young” team this year, Lawson said.
“I’m proud of our guys,” he said. “We wrestled hard.”
The Sauras finished the season with a conference record of 3-4.
North Surry took the conference team title with four top finishes, and Surry Central’s Wes Brown was voted wrestler of the year.
The coaches voted Brown to the top honor, then he went out and beat Mount Airy’s Isaiah King in the 285-pound final of the Northwest Conference Tournament held at North Surry Saturday.
The Greyhounds’ five seniors took four first places and a narrow finals loss for second place in amassing 223 team points.
North Surry’s Dalton Golden pinned East Surry’s Mitchell Flynt. Then Golden grabbed a win against North Stokes’ Cody Bennett who beat him a week earlier 4-3. Bennett finished in fourth place at 170.
“I was happy with how we performed at the conference tournament,” Vikings Coach Nick Brandes said.
At 132, North Surry’s Austin Rozier got a nearfall on South Stokes’ Morgan Bagley and went up 5-2.
Bagley was down several points to start his match against Rozier, but came ahead 7-6 for a narrow win by decision in the final moments.
The 160 title went to Surry Central’s Zack Martin by injury forfeit. North Stokes’ Matt Chesnet was hurt in his semifinal win over South Stokes’ T.J. Whaley.
An assistant coach said Whaley picked Chesnet up and brought him down to the mat, but Chesnet’s head struck the mat first. Chesnet was unable to continue, and the referees gave the win to the injured wrestler.
Bishop’s Nick Castellano outpointed South Stokes’ Christian Artis 11-3. Artis came in second in the tournament at 182.
The Sauras’ Evan Scott pinned North Surry’s Cody Slate at 220.
“Evan had a great tournament,” Coach Lawson said. “He wrestled really well.”
Scott finished the regular season with a strong record of 42-5.
Sauras Keegan Ross (145) and Matt Poss (152) finished the tournament in third place.
South Stokes’ John Kevin Fischer lost in the consolation semi-finals to finish in fifth place. Fischer, a freshman wrestler, picked up 29 wins this season.
“He’s got a lot of potential and a tremendous work ethic,” Lawson said.