Testa 15-0; Davie wrestling 5-1
Published 9:06 am Thursday, December 22, 2022
By Brian Pitts
Brysen Godbey flexed his muscles in Fort Mill, S.C., Davie’s wrestling team won three of four dual team matches last week and Hunter Testa is still undefeated.
Davie’s first loss of the season came from Fred T. Foard, which is horror-movie scary.
In the Kingsley Classic in Fort Mill on Dec. 9-10, Godbey went 4-2 to take fourth place at 220. He was the only War Eagle to place. Ryder Strickland went 3-2 at heavyweight. Luke Miller (2-1 at 138), Braxton Hunter (2-2 at 113), Lawson Hire (2-3 at 132) and Jamarius Pelote (2-3 at 152) picked up two wins each.
Davie 43, EG 42
In a tri-meet at Foard on Dec. 13, the War Eagles withstood a valiant rally by East Gaston and squeaked out a win.
Pins by Andrew Davis at 126 and Hire at 132 staked Davie to a 12-0 lead. The Warriors stormed to a 24-12 lead before Jerred Alexander (170) and Christian Boswell (182) pulled Davie into a 24-24 tie with back-to-back pins. East Gaston forfeited to Brandon Wood, Godbey and Hunter; Davie forfeited at 106 and 120.
The match was tied at 42 at the end, but Davie prevailed on criteria – it had one less forfeit.
Long breathed a sigh of relief. “We’re going to see them again, and I’ll wrestle them different next time,” he said.
Foard 72, Davie 9
Later in the evening, Davie was drubbed by Foard. The Tigers have a ton of firepower. Here’s seven of their victories this year: 76-3, 84-0, 76-3, 78-0, 68-9, 61-15, 69-12.
Davie dropped 12 of 14 weight classes, the exceptions being Hire’s pin at 132 and Testa’s 6-4 decision at 182. It was Testa’s first match back from sickness.
“We’re babies and Foard is loaded,” Long said. “They’re probably one of the best teams in the state. I talked to Newton-Conover’s coach and he said the same thing. He said: ‘Perry, they’re unreal.’ They will win (the 3-A championship).”
Davie 63, Hopewell 3
Davie took a sledgehammer to two opponents at Hopewell on Dec. 14. The War Eagles opened with a 60-point win over the host school.
Pins came from Hire, Pelote, Alexander, Testa and Godbey. Dylan Miller won a decision at 160. The Titans forfeited to Davis, Elliott Gould, Wood, Strickland and Hunter.
Davie 57, Chambers 24
Then the War Eagles took down Chambers with no trouble. Davis, Gould, Pelote, Alexander, Testa, Godbey and Strickland provided the pins, and Hire won a decision. Hunter and Boswell took forfeits as Davie improved to 5-1.
Despite being sidelined a week, Testa is scorching hot at 15-0. Seven more War Eagles have winning records for the season: Godbey 17-3, Hire 17-5, Strickland 15-6, Alexander 15-7, Reid Nail 11-7, Hunter 10-7 and Davis 3-0.