Davie 7th in wrestling slam

Published 9:59 am Thursday, December 6, 2018

Jesus Olmedo has faced 13 opponents so far in his senior campaign for Davie’s wrestling team. He has just swallowed them up and spit them out.

The 220-pounder is not only 13-0. He has 11 pins and zero forfeit wins.

When Davie hosted a four-team meet on Nov. 28, it had the Olmedo twins in the same lineup for the first time since they were sophomores. (Jesus missed his entire junior year with an injury, and Anthony missed the first three dates of this season with an illness.)After a grand junior year that saw him pile up 53 wins and place fifth in the state at 220, Anthony got his senior year started with back-to-back pins.

“You can count on them,” coach Buddy Lowery said. “You can count on a win 99 percent of the time. I’m looking for big things out of them.”

The War Eagles routed South Stokes (61-18), Central Davidson (70-9) and East Wilkes (64-18) to improve to 4-1. It was their first dual-team matches since a 40-27 loss at St. Stephens on Nov. 15.

Eight War Eagles went 3-0 for the night. Cody Taylor (106 weight class), JT Richards (113), Collin Bailey (138), Matthew King (182) and J. Olmedo all had three pins. Adam Szewczyk (120), Bill Trader (126) and Isaac Webb (152) also went 3-0.

Josh Chaffin (132) and A. Olmedo (285) went 2-0. Tyler Snyder (132) pinned in his only appearance. Andy Flores (285) received a forfeit in his only match.

“I think both of (Chaffin’s opponents) were state qualifiers last year in their respective divisions,” assistant coach Timmy Allen said. “He’s doing real good on his feet. He’s getting in on his shots and finishing his shots. He’s not hesitating. He’s being real explosive. On top, he’s been working his stuff until he gets it. He’s a strong kid and I think he worked pretty hard in the weight room in the offseason.

“Once Bill gets on top, he seals the deal. He’s good with the boots in. He’s got a mean streak in him. He smells blood and takes it.”

Jack Jarvis (145) and Tyris Griffin both went 2-1 with two pins.

This was the first outing of the season for Griffin, a junior came out late to fill a hole at 170. After getting pinned by a beast, he responded with a first-period pin of his own. He pinned his next opponent in the third.

“He had a rough match in his first one,” Allen said. “I think that guy (from South Stokes) was a state champion. He doesn’t have a whole bunch of (varsity) mat time, but I think he’s a tough kid. He’s definitely going to help us right there.”

Lowery said of Griffin: “We’re going to wrestle him into shape. He’s not a bad wrestler.”


Davie made a strong showing in the vaunted Southern Slam Invitational at Eastside High in Taylors, S.C., on Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Going against wrestlers from South Carolina, Georgia, Delaware, Alabama, Virginia and Tennessee, the War Eagles placed seventh out of 30. The other two teams from North Carolina were West Forsyth and Pisgah.

Buford (Ga.) was first with 216 points. Woodward Academy (Ga.) had 187.5, Collins Hill (Ga.) 180, Eastside (S.C.) 150, Alexander (Ga.) 143, River Bluff (S.C.) 139) and Davie 125.5.

This was Davie’s fifth trip to Eastside. It finished 12th in 2014, fifth in 2015, sixth in 2016 and 10th last year.

J. Olmedo put on a clinic at 220, going 5-0 to become Davie’s only champion. He had three pins and a 7-1 decision in the finals.

Richards (5-1 at 113 for third place), King (5-2 at 182 for fourth), A. Olmedo (2-3 at 285 for sixth), Taylor (3-2 at 106 for seventh) and Jarvis (4-4 at 145 for eighth) were place-winners.

Richards, who had a technical fall, a pin and a major decision among his five wins, isn’t just good for a freshman. He’s really good.

“He’s not like most freshmen,” Lowery said. “He can do it.”

“JT’s been coached up coming up the ranks by (Josh Stanley of Combat Athletics and North Davie’s Jamey Holt),” Allen said. “He’s been Josh’s prodigy, so I knew exactly what we were getting when he came in. I think he has a good chance to make a run in the state tournament and upset some kids.”

Allen said of King: “He’s got a real good motor. He’s real good on his feet. He’s got a nice double leg; that’s his go-to move. He’s strong as an ox and he works. He moves and goes and goes and goes.”

At Eastside, Davie also got wins from Bailey (3-2 at 138), Chaffin (2-2 at 132), Szewczyk (1-2 at 120) and Trader (1-2 at 126).

For the year, Richards is second on the team with 12 wins against two defeats. Taylor is 10-2, King 10-4, Jarvis 9-7, Bailey 8-2, Chaffin 8-2, Szewczyk 7-3 and Webb 7-4.

And just think: Richards, Bailey, Webb and Jarvis are freshmen.

“Those dadgum young pups can wrestle,” Lowery said. “Sam Collins is a good wrestler (who is not in the starting lineup because of a logjam). He weighs the same as all those guys. I bet there isn’t three or four pounds difference in any of them. Sam’s a tough kid. I need one of them to eat and one of them to move down.”

“Bailey is fearless,” Allen said. “If he gets in a bad position, he wrestles his way out of it. That sucker is a pinner. I mean he finds a way to pin people.”

Peyton Sherrill, a senior at 160, suffered a shoulder injury against Central Davidson and was sidelined against East Wilkes and throughout the Southern Slam.

“I expect him to be back in a week or two,” Allen said. “I don’t think it’s a long-term deal.”