By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record
Talk about avenging an earlier loss.
When the Davie and West Forsyth wrestling teams met at the Parkland Duals on Dec. 8, the Titans beat the banged-up War Eagles 33-27.
Since that humbling loss, the War Eagles have been on a mission to show what they’re about at full strength. At Parkland, Bailey Ingram, Josh Lankford, Nathan Howard and Luis Hernandez were not in the starting lineup, and Davie forfeited one weight class.
The teams met last week at Davie with the Central Piedmont Conference’s regular-season championship on the line. There was no questioning which team is the best in the CPC. West is still The Prince, and The King (Davie) was not ready to hand over the crown.
Davie didn’t just survive. It dominated 46-22.
“They acted like they won the national championship (at Parkland),” coach Buddy Lowery said. “We wrestled aggressive. We have gotten better. We are a lot further along than where we were the first of December. Maybe the first of the year the schedule was too hard. But it helped us.”
The War Eagles are bullies of the CPC for the sixth straight year.
“It was a motivational thing for us,” said Ryan Smith, the only senior in the lineup against West. “They beat us the first time, but we didn’t have all our starters. This time we came back confident as ever. We remembered their celebration and that stuck with us. We had that fire in us. It was not just a win. It was a major win.”
One day before taking on West, the War Eagles hosted a tri-meet. Davie won both with ease, stomping Mt. Tabor 71-4 and burying North Davidson 72-9.
Davie’s 10 pins against Tabor came from Lake Billings, Smith, Preston Beauchamp, Logan Cartner, Corbin Kopetzky, Howard, Alex Gobble, Jack Robertson, Parker Correll and Craig Moore ...