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Ellis Beats North In Wrestling

In the first North Davie-Ellis wrestling showdown, North rolled 66-30. In last week’s rematch at North, things looked very different. This time it was Ellis that administered the pain, with the Jaguars turning the tables 49-37 as the teams wound up sharing the regular-season championship.

The Jaguars’ fifth straight win lifted them to 12-2. North fell to 10-2.

“The guys really wrestled well,” said Ellis coach Jason Hooker, who is 72-10 in seven years as the only coach in school history. “My kids adjusted to the stuff they needed to adjust to.”

“We just didn’t get enough points where we needed to,” said North coach Jamey Holt, who is 21-2 in two years. “It was two good teams. It’s fun to have that kind of atmosphere.”

Earlier last week, the Wildcats blanked host South Davie 89-0.

Bryson Hunter, Kyree Davis, C.J. Richardson, Blake Rummage and Jesus Olmedo had pins, Thad Vandiver had a technical fall and Josh Shore, Blake Budd and Fields Halliday won decisions. South gave forfeits to Jacob Campbell, Larry Roberson, Lane Bolmer, Jacob Rhyne, Davis Bishop and Anthony Olmedo.

Ellis had no trouble with visiting Lexington, winning 72-24.

There were 10 pins – Caleb Addae, Josh Chaffin, Edwardo Hernandez, Matthew Johnston, Jake Mabe, Joey Myers, Neil Sparks, Hunter Strickland, Kinston Whitner and Crayton Wise. Marvin Delcid, Hayes Sales and Bill Trader took forfeits.

Next, Ellis breezed to a 95-3 decision over visiting Thomasville.

Thirteen pins came from Addae, Chaffin, Jacob Crosby, Delcid, Andy Flores, Harrison Huff, Johnston, Mabe, J. Myers, Sales, Sparks, Whitner and Wise. Hernandez, Jacob Reno and Strickland got forfeits.

South Davie got the monkey off its back with a come-from-behind 45-42 win over visiting Thomasville.

Colby Shore (pin), Rakim Clinton (decision), Ta’Saun Martin (pin), Cole James (pin), Ben Marklin (forfeit), Zach Clubb (pin), Dalton McAfee (pin) and Preston Robertson (forfeit) picked up wins as the Tigers (1-10) won for the first time to snap a 15-match skid. It was their first W since beating Lexington last year.

Clubb’s pin at 180 sparked an 18-0 run at the end that erased Thomasville’s 42-27 lead. After Clubb pinned, McAfee came up with a third-period pin. It ended with Thomasville forfeiting to Robertson.

South got revenge for a 53-36 loss in the first meeting.

Although the Tigers lost 54-42 to visiting Lexington later in the day, it was much closer than the first matchup (72-30).

Clinton, Martin, Marklin and Clubb had pins for South. Austin Taylor, James and McAfee won by forfeit.

In Round 2 of the Ellis-North showdown, the Jaguars jumped to a big advantage, led by as many as 27 and clinched with three weight classes left.

Ellis snatched nine of 16 weight classes, and it held a 6-4 advantage in pins/forfeits.

“It was a good match,” Hooker said. “That’s how it should be – tough matches like that. Hopefully South will get back to where they used to be. We should all be splitting if the kids are doing what they’re supposed to. It should be tight ever time. It makes a good atmosphere and makes for a good match. When you’re beating people 80- and 90-something to nothing, the kids don’t learn anything and it’s no fun.”

Trader (17-8 major), Chaffin (pin) and Sparks (pin) staked Ellis to a 16-0 lead.

Budd’s 12-7 decision and Vandiver’s pin trimmed North’s deficit to 16-9. But Ellis seized six of the next nine matches to build an insurmountable 49-22 cushion.

The 120 weight class was a big collision between 12-0 Wise of Ellis and 9-1 Roberson of North. Wise pulled it out 6-4 to trigger a 33-13 charge for Ellis.

Myers pinned at 132, Strickland pinned at 145, Spencer Miller and Whitner got a forfeits at 152 and 160 and Mabe pinned at 189 as Ellis cut North’s lead in the all-time series to 7-6.

“We had some guys that got pinned last time that wrestled really well and could have won,” Hooker said. “Those types of things are what played a big impact. We worked on not getting pinned. That was the big thing.

“Sales lost a major and last time he got pinned. My 106-pounder I had before got pinned, and Addae lost a three-point decision. Wise won and we didn’t have him the last time. Myers pinned and last time he only won by a few points. Last time Hernandez got pinned and he only lost by two points this time. Delcid got pinned last time, and this time he lost 7-4 after leading 4-2 late in the match.”

One difference this time around was North not having Luke Bolmer, who was 9-0 with seven pins. He moved to South Davie after Christmas.

Luke’s twin brother, Lane, had a major decision at 126. Bishop pinned at 138 and Davis won 12-9 at 171 before North swept the final three weight classes. Rummage won 7-4 at 195, A. Olmedo pinned at 220 and J. Olmedo got a forfeit at 250.

“I thought we were pretty even,” Holt said. “But in places where we needed pins we didn’t get pins. And in a couple tight matches that could have gone either way, Ellis won.”

Now it’s back to the drawing board for the Wildcats. With the season series 1-1, bragging rights will be on the line in Saturday’s conference tournament at South Davie.

“I told them now it comes down to the tournament,” Holt said.

Chaffin (14-0) and Wise (13-0) are still unbeaten for Ellis. Among the top winners for Ellis are Sparks (13-1), Whitner (13-1), Strickland (12-2), Mabe (11-2) and J. Myers (7-1).

Lane Bolmer (12-0) is the lone unbeaten for North. Davis, Rummage and J. Olmedo are all 11-1. A. Olmedo is 10-2 and Roberson 9-2.