North, South wrestlers bring home easy wins

Published 8:56 am Thursday, January 27, 2022

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It couldn’t have been any easier for the South Davie and North Davie wrestling teams when the Tigers hosted North Carolina Leadership Academy and both teams faced Watauga.
The Tigers destroyed NCLA 102-6 on Jan. 13. Leighton Reavis (85), Zion Lyons (100), Aidan Szewczyk (108) and Maddox Creason (162) had pins, and the Falcons handed out 13 forfeits.
The only sour note was TJ Douglas’ first loss of the season. The 115-pounder was 7-0 before dropping a hard-fought match. But give Douglas credit for gutting it up with a broken hand that happened before Christmas break.
“That’s a tough kid (from NCLA),” coach Russell Hilton said. “TJ pinned that kid the first time and had him on his back three or four times (this time). He’s been battling an injury. He broke his hand and it bothers him a lot. He doesn’t have full movement in his thumb and he’s trying to grind it out the last few weeks.”
North Davie hosted a tri-meet on Jan. 14. Watauga traveled all the way from Boone with five guys and endured two beatings. Reavis, Austin Samuels (92), Szewczyk, Jeremyah Hicks (115) and Laz Smith (122) pinned for South. Throw in 12 forfeits and the score was 102-0.
The Tigers (9-4) have won six straight and eight of nine. The downside is they will finish the season without one of their biggest weapons. Creason, who is 11-2 with seven pins at 160/170/182 suffered an ACL tear in a tournament on Jan. 15 and faces a long recovery.
“He’s got to have surgery,” Hilton said. “He was really starting to come along, too. He’s gotten a lot better this year. I think wrestling is his sport. I know he plays football, too, but you could see him coming into his own this year in wrestling. He’s starting to get it mentally and technique-wise.”
The Wildcats, getting pins from Riley Kennedy (85), Jacob Sides (92), Jason Riddle (100) and Brody Willard (128), smothered Watauga 90-0. The other 66 points came from forfeits.
North’s record is 6-2.