North, South wrestling rolls over Forbush
Published 8:49 am Friday, November 24, 2017
After North Davie and South Davie beat Forbush by similar scores – the Wildcats won by 58, the Tigers by 51 – it looks like the county rivals could have a compelling match when they meet Dec. 12.
Forbush hosted the tri-meet on Nov. 17. North’s blowout was 76-18. South’s was 75-24.
“It looks like it’s going to be a dogfight again,” South coach Russell Hilton said, referencing South’s 54-45 and 60-36 wins over North last season. “They’ve got some really good kids in the middle weights. I think we match up well with them in places. Where they’re good, we’re pretty good too, so it should be some close matches that could decide it.”
After opening the season with losses to West Rowan and Mooresville, North broke into the win column with eight pins (Lane Hill at 98, Logan Yokley at 113, Blake Jenkins at 120, Hunter Testa at 126, Collin Bailey at 132, Sam Collins at 138, Mason Shermer at 170 and Max Martinez at 220) and a major decision from 106-pounder JT Richards, who made his season debut.
North’s 13 wins included forfeits to Spencer Melton (83), Tyler Shore (90), Jadon Davis (145) and Brandon Logan (250).
Richards joined the lineup at 106, allowing Hill to slide down to 98.
“We filled two holes that we had against Mooresville and West Rowan,” coach Jamey Holt said.
The Tigers received pins from Reid Nail, Ramiro Gutierrez, Brian Reyes, Seth Johnson, Daniel Garcia, Devonte Lyerly and AJ Ronquillo on the way to 13 wins in 17 weight classes.
Keith Davis won a decision. The Falcons handed forfeits to Landon Nichols, Jayden Conner, Jesus Guzman, Jack Jarvis and Kevin Rosales-Benitez.
Perry Long coached the Tigers to a 93-69 record over 13 years, then left to become one of Buddy Lowery’s assistants at Davie. Long’s longtime assistant, Hilton, has taken over. Hilton is the No. 3 winner in Davie history, going 181-32 from 2002-06, and he’s looking to extend South’s streak of winning seasons to four.
Last year, when Lyerly went 9-1, the Tigers finished 8-2 as they stopped a 13-match losing streak to Ellis and swept two from North. Lyerly is the only returner who posted a winning record last year.