A. Olmedo wins classic wrestling matchup

Published 9:32 am Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Davie wrestling team’s wins over North Davidson and Reynolds aren’t notable – the matches went exactly how they were supposed to, with Davie obliterating both – but Anthony Olmedo’s win over Reynolds’ heavyweight was a big feat.

The War Eagles won 79-0 over North and 70-6 over Reynolds in a tri-meet at Davie on Jan. 5.

Against North, the pins came from Hunter Smith, Nick Gillis, David Sigmon, Will Allen, Joseph Myers, Crayton Wise, Kyle McCune, Bryson Hunter, Jesse Carter, Jesus Olmedo and A. Olmedo. Tommy Trader (major decision), Hunter Strickland (decision) and Josh Shore (forfeit) rounded out the shutout.

Everybody knew Davie was going to steamroll Reynolds, too, and the War Eagles captured 13 of 14 weight classes while getting pins from Shore, Gillis, Sigmon, Allen, McCune, Hunter, Carter and J. Olmedo.

Despite the disparity between the teams, there was a classic matchup at heavyweight. Reynolds senior John Brown checked in at 283 pounds while sporting a 22-0 record and a No. 2 ranking in 4-A. Anthony Olmedo looked small by comparison, the “little” sophomore weighing in at 236.

If you beat Brown, you did something. A. Olmedo did, and he is.  Despite giving up 47 pounds, he pulled out a 3-2 decision.

“It was a good one,” coach Buddy Lowery said. “That was a big ol’ sucker. Anthony beat him last year, but Anthony is smaller than he was last year.” Last year Brown took two of three from Olmedo, who won the regular-season matchup but lost in the CPC Tournament and in the Midwest Regional.

In their fourth meeting, the first period ended 0-0. Olmedo got an escape to take a 1-0 lead in the second period. Brown’s third-period points came on two escapes.

“It was a good, hard fight,” Lowery said. “(One time) I thought Anthony was going to get thrown through the roof. It was good for him. It was good that he won it. Now he knows he can wrestle with those big ol’ dudes.”

From the Olmedo family tree, Davie flashed three-of-a-kind on last year’s table, with older brother Isaiah Olmedo going 59-4 to set the single-season record for wins and finishing third in the state at 182. Meanwhile, his twin brothers combined for 72 victories.

A year later, the sophomore twins have been exactly what Lowery and his assistant coaches dreamed they could be. Anthony is 25-0, Jesus 24-0.

Assistant coach Timmy Allen relished Anthony’s passing-a-huge-test moment over the big-time senior.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Allen said. “Anthony wrestled really smart. He never got in a bad position. Only one time did I get worried. (Brown) tossed Anthony out of bounds, but Anthony learned from that and stayed in good position. He frustrated Brown in the second or third period. (Brown) took a sloppy shot, Anthony spun around and got two (points). Anthony kept digging. He never backed down and stayed in the guy’s grill.”

Davie, running its record to 28-1 overall and 3-1 in the CPC, also got wins from Trader (major decision), Wise (decision), H. Smith (forfeit) and Strickland (forfeit).

“We wrestled good,” Lowery said. “That’s what you get when you wrestle with confidence. We felt like we were better than they were, but you’ve got to prove it.”

H. Smith, who is 33-2 as a senior, climbed to fourth in career wins with 160. Next on the list is No. 3 Russell Hilton at 181. Five more War Eagles have reached 30 victories, including Carter (32-2), Trader (30-6), Gillis (30-7), McCune (30-7) and Allen (30-8).