West Stokes wrestling program hosted the annual Turkey Duals on Saturday to group of athletes ready to hit the mat. The tournament was originally supposed to have five teams, but Reagan and North Forsyth High Schools opted out of the dual matches. Mount Airy won the tournament for the second year in a row behind the direction of head coach Cody Atkins, a former Wildcat state champion. Starmount placed second and West came in third place.
“I was very pleased with how our kids wrestled individually,” said Wildcat coach Mitch Overton. “We have some things to work on, but the kids performed well today against some quality opponents. We had to forfeit four of our heavier weight classes due to not having wrestlers to fill spots. If we could get some kids out, we could be very competitive this year.”
The Wildcats lost 39-21, but gave up 24 points on forfeits. Junior Noah Hall put his team on the board first with an 8-5 decision over Lucas Zamora of Starmount at the 152lb weight class.
Carson Goins, who was injured last year after starting the season 16-3 and ranked in the top 10 at the 106lb weight class, pinned Mikey Ramos in 51 seconds. Other Wildcat winners were Austin Frances with a pin over James Fisher and Evan Wall with a fall over Sterlin Holbrook in the second period.
West Stokes faced Mount Airy in their last dual match of the day and lost 44-27. Hall started things off with an emotional 8-6 decision over Chris Butera, who was ranked number one in thencmat.com polls at 152lbs.
Sophomore Avery Lawing pinned Nate Kiebler in 47 seconds at the heavyweight division and then Goins received a forfeit. Wall and Lowe scored points for the home team as Mount Airy forfeited the last two matches of the tournament.
Mount Airy beat Starmount 42-30 in the last match of the day to clinch the Turkey Dual title. Goins, Hall, and Wall earned all-tournament team and Mount Airy’s Luis Osorno was named tournament MVP.
Vikings start season with three losses
North Stokes began their wrestling season with three tough losses to quality opponents, while giving up four weight classes with forfeitures.
In match one, the Vikings fought hard, but lost to Atkins 42-36. Lucas Utt won an 11-6 decision over Jesus Jimenez in the 120lb weight class and Levi Collins won 6-5 over Husain Lawrence at 138lbs. David George (182), Dylan Mabe (195), and Corey Carroll (HWT) all won by pin fall, and state qualifier Paden Lungrin received a forfeit.
The Vikings faced conference opponent East Surry in the second match and lost 48-30. Collins pinned Trenton Tarn in the third period, and Mitchell Petree won by a fall in the first over Adrian Caro. George, Mabe, and Lungrin won by pins over their opponents.
In the last match of the day, the Vikings lost 37-36 on a tie breaker to last year’s NCHSAA 1A Western Regional runner-up. Lungrin pinned his opponent in the first period, and Elkin forfeited matches to Clayton Utt, Lucas Utt, Jacob Murray, Waylon Melton, and Dylan Mabe. The Vikings forfeited four weight classes at 113, 126, 138, and 145.
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