Wrestlers breeze through competition at West Gaston

Published 5:14 pm Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

When Davie’s wrestling team rolled over South Point and East Gaston in a tri-meet at East on May 25, the War Eagles had 11 wins in 12 matches.

How did this terrific team start 1-3 in a span of five days in late April? It started slow because it faced three juggernauts. Piedmont is 15-2, Mooresville is 16-1 and Northwest Guilford is 20-0.

“We wrestled defending champions,” assistant coach Mark McKnight said. “We came out swinging big right off the bat. Northwest Guilford won the 4-A dual team (in 2020). Mooresville won the 4-A individual tournament, and Piedmont won the 3-A dual team. It’s really coming together now (for us).”

Davie took 11 of 12 weight classes to stomp South Point 64-6. Tyler Snyder (132), Collin Bailey (145), Matthew Downey (160), Jack Jarvis (170) and Brysen Godbey (220) had pins. Reid Nail (138) had a major decision. And Davie got five forfeits.

Later in the evening, the War Eagles made quick work of East Gaston, winning 60-24 while claiming 10 of 14 matches. There were nine pins: Adam Szewczyk (120), Lane Hill (126), Snyder (132), Bailey (145), Isaac Webb (152), Downey (160), Jarvis (170), Hunter Testa (182) and Charlie Frye (195).

Notes: Nail, a freshman, has been filling in for injured Sam Collins (shoulder) at 138. … Davie started the season giving up 12 points every time out at 106 and 113. Now it always starts in an 18-point hole because heavyweight Evan Copeland (shoulder) was lost for the season by injury on May 4. “That’s tough because Evan was starting to come together,” McKnight said of the freshman. “He had just beat a kid at North Davidson who is a pretty good wrestler.”