Wrestlers open CPC play with win

Published 10:35 am Thursday, December 27, 2018

Davie’s wrestling team has claimed 96 percent of its Central Piedmont Conference matches since joining the league in 1985. Reynolds has been a conference afterthought for decades.

All signs pointed to a Davie rout in the CPC opener at Reynolds on Dec. 20, and everyone’s suspicions were confirmed, 66-16.

After competing against stout competition in the Southern Slam and the Red Devil Super Duals in recent weeks, Davie coach Buddy Lowery wasn’t the least bit excited about what he saw on the Demons’ mat.

“It was go wrestle, get it over with, get home and get ready to wrestle somebody (two days later in a tournament at West Wilkes),” Lowery said. “I think we’re good and it multiplies when you wrestle somebody that’s not up to your level.”

Davie pinners were JT Richards (113), Bill Trader (126), Collin Bailey (138), Jack Jarvis (145), Isaac Webb (152), Matthew King (182), Jesus Olmedo (220) and Andy Flores (285). Reynolds handed forfeits to Cody Taylor (106), Tyler Snyder (132) and Sawyer Sheets (160).

The War Eagles, who are 17-2 overall, are seeking their second CPC title in a row. West Forsyth will likely be Davie’s biggest challenger. The Titans won the state duals in 2016 and ‘17 and finished second last year, but Jason Hooker’s squad lost a ton of talent to graduation.

“I got back in time to see the second half of the (Davie boys) basketball game,” said Lowery, who is 173-7-1 in CPC matches over 34 years. “We didn’t wrestle with very much zip and pep in our step. My wife (Tara) said you didn’t seem like you were pleased too much. You’ve got to get on their butt for little things. One guy walked out to the middle of the circle.”