Wrestlers best in 9-team invitational

Published 9:44 am Friday, November 30, 2018

Jesus Olmedo simply did what he wanted when he wanted in the Davie Invitational on Nov. 17. So did Cody Taylor and Josh Chaffin as the War Eagles captured a nine-team event.

“Jesus has put in a lot of work,” assistant coach Timmy Allen said after the senior 220-pounder had back-to-back-to-back pins. “He’s got a shot to win it all.”

The Davie wrestlers scored 180.5 points to edge Lake Norman’s 171. North Wilkes had 103, Robbinsville 87, Carson 71, West Stokes 70, East Mecklenburg 59, South Stanly 27 and Mountain Island Charter School 12.

Three other Davie seniors won their weight class. Cody Taylor went pin-pin at 106. Josh Chaffin had a technical fall and pin at 132. Bill Trader stuck is only opponent at 126. Jesus is 5-0 on the year, while Taylor and Chaffin are 4-0.

“Cody is so dang strong,” coach Buddy Lowery said. “He’s steady with what he does. He likes the near-side cradle.”

“Cody is like a little man,” Allen said. “He’s a real strong kid and he listens to what you tell him. He goes hard. He doesn’t ever take it easy.”

Lowery said of Chaffin: “Josh is a pinner. He will pin you in a heartbeat.”

Davie got second-place showings from freshmen JT Richards (2-1 at 113) and Jack Jarvis (2-1 at 145) and senior Matthew King (1-1 at 195).

Finishing third were sophomore Matthew Downey (3-1 at 138), freshman Isaac Webb (3-1 at 152) and senior Peyton Sherrill (2-1 at 160).

Davie finished on top as a team even though it had voids at 170, 182 and 285. The reason it had nothing at heavyweight is Anthony Olmedo was sick and Andy Flores was visiting a college.

There could be a hole at 195 once King moves down to 182. Davie was in dire straits at 170 until junior Tyris Griffin decided to come out last week. He went 3-4 in varsity cameo appearances as a sophomore. As a freshman, he wrestled all JV matches.

“All the good freshmen are around 150,” Lowery said. “We didn’t wrestle bad (in the tournament at Davie). We’re getting better.”

“Tyris is a tough kid,” Allen said. “He’s definitely going to help us out. He knows how to wrestle.”