Wrestling continues winning tradition
Published 8:53 am Thursday, January 4, 2018
Sandwiched between a 12-matches-in-three-days stretch and a five-matches-in-one-day event was light work against Reynolds on Dec. 21.
In the Central Piedmont Conference opener against the visiting Demons, Davie’s wrestling team blistered Reynolds 72-9.
Adam Szewczyk, Josh Shore, Nick Gillis, Peyton Sherrill, Bryson Hunter and Anthony Olmedo were responsible for Davie’s six pins. Davie grabbed 12 of 14 weight classes as Reynolds gave forfeits to Bill Trader, Colby Shore, Josh Chaffin, Joseph Myers, Logan Williams and Andy Flores.
The War Eagles entered Dec. 22’s dual tournament at West Wilkes with a 22-1 overall record, including a 22-0 mark against North Carolina competition.
After finishing as CPC runner-up the past two years, Davie is aiming for a return to the top in 2017-18. History suggests that Davie’s drought will not last long. It is 168-7-1 in the CPC in 33 years.
Davie blasted to 27-1 by going 5-0 at West Wilkes on Dec. 22. The scores were 60-15 over West Iredell, 84-0 over Carroll County (Va.), 84-0 over Bishop McGuinness, 59-15 over Bunker Hill and 63-12 over West Wilkes.
Davie got 5-0 performances from Myers, Matthew King, Hunter, Olmedo and Flores and a 4-0 day from Trader. Going 4-1 were Hayes Sales, Williams, C. Shore, Chaffin, Sherrill, Szewczyk and Gillis. J. Shore went 3-2 as Davie captured 60 of 70 individual matches.
All but untouchable against competition within the state all season, the War Eagles’ streak of success came to a stunning halt in the Adam Benson Duals at East Burke on Dec. 29.
A 3-2 showing is not what Lowery pictured from his team going in, but Davie was ravaged by sickness, an out-of-town absence and an injury to Hunter.
C. Shore and Flores were out sick and Myers was out of town. With Flores unavailable, Davie had to forfeit four matches at heavyweight.
“I didn’t have anybody to put in there for Flores at heavyweight,” Lowery said.
Davie got good news when Hunter Strickland returned after missing significant time with an injury. But that plus would get negated.
“That’s how it’s been. Get one back, lose one,” Lowery said. “Get one back, lose one. I don’t think we’ve had a full lineup all year.”
The War Eagles steamrolled through their first three opponents (69-9 over East Rutherford, 69-0 over Maiden and 65-3 over East Burke). The win over E. Burke lifted Davie’s record to 30-1.
But the last two matches did not go as planned. Davie lost 45-36 to Fred T. Foard and 36-35 to West Lincoln – a pair of 2-A powers.
Davie found itself in a 39-6 hole against Foard, the Tigers flourishing from 126 through 182. Davie responded with a furious 30-6 run, but the Tigers clinched when Davie had to forfeit at heavyweight, and pins by Cody Taylor, J. Shore and Gillis went to waste.
Hunter won by disqualification when he was slammed illegally on his neck. It was a scary crash and put him in the hospital. Fortunately, it did not turn out to be serious, and he should return soon – although he will likely miss this week’s showdown at West Forsyth.
Davie really missed Hunter (28-6 record) in the one-point loss to West Lincoln.
“I think the whiplash is what got him,” Lowery said. “The first thing that hit was the middle of his shoulder blades and it whipped his neck.”
Foard always has a formidable team. Davie beat Foard last year 43-27, but the Tigers have won five of six in the series.
West Lincoln pounded out a 30-0 lead by pinning everywhere from 132 to 160. Davie put together an amazing comeback, winning eight of the last nine matches. The only exception during a 35-6 run was a forfeit at heavyweight.
Davie fell just short. Lowery could take solace in this: It lost by nine and one with a patchwork lineup. “Not having a heavyweight killed us,” he said.
Taylor, J. Shore, Gillis, Trader and Olmedo went 5-0 for the day. Hunter went 4-0 before leaving. Strickland went 4-1 in his return, improving his record to 13-3. King also went 4-1. Going 3-2 were Matthew Downey, Chaffin and Tyris Griffin, a sophomore who recorded his first varsity wins while filling in at 152 for the 23-6 Myers. Austin Smith went 1-0 as Hunter’s replacement.
Notes: At 30-3, Lowery bagged his ninth 30-win season in the last 20 years. … Olmedo is 35-2 with a 26-match winning streak. … Other notable records: Gillis 31-4, J. Shore 28-6, Chaffin 26-10, King 25-7, Taylor 22-4 and Trader 16-2. … Szewczyk, Nathan Whitley and Tyler Snyder captured first places in a JV tournament at Reynolds on Dec. 30. Avery Taylor earned fourth.