War Eagle wrestling licking its wounds

Published 9:02 pm Thursday, January 5, 2023

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Davie’s wrestling team entered the Newton-Conover Duals on Dec. 29 with a shiny 8-1 record. But Davie left Newton licking its wounds.

Six War Eagles were able to hold up their end of the bargain. Lawson Hire, Hunter Testa, Ryder Strickland, Brysen Godbey, Luke Miller and Reid Nail combined for an 18-4 record as Davie wrested four opponents.

Unfortunately, the rest of the team dropped 24 of 30 matches as Davie went 1-3.

Newton-Conover took 11 of 14 matches from Davie, including seven pins, which tells you everything you need to know about the ultra-talented Red Devils. They overwhelmed Davie 57-12. Davie’s only winners were Hire (pin at 132), Testa (decision at 195) and Strickland (decision at 285).

Davie claimed six weight classes in its next two matches. It needed one of two more in both. Cary beat Davie 43-31. Davie’s victors against the Imps were Hire (pin at 138), L. Miller (decision at 145), Testa (pin at 182), Godbey (pin at 220), Luke Tehandon (major decision at 120) and Nail (pin at 126).

Ashe County edged Davie 46-36. Testa, Godbey, Strickland and Hire had pins, and the Huskies forfeited to Christian Boswell and Nail.

The wounded War Eagles got off the deck and blasted South Caldwell, 72-6, in their last match of the day. Jamarius Pelote, Dylan Miller, Jerred Alexander, Testa, Boswell, Strickland, Tehandon, Andrew Davis, Hire and L. Miller gave Davie 10 pins. The Spartans gave forfeits to Godbey and Braxton Hunter.

Hire and Testa answered the bell with 4-0 records on the day, including a combined seven pins. The other four winning records for Davie were Strickland (3-1 with two pins), Godbey (3-1 with two pins), L. Miller (2-1) and Nail (2-1).