West wrestling wins big match over Davie

Published 6:33 pm Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Davie Enterprise Record

After winning seven straight from Dec. 29-Jan. 12, Davie’s wrestling team hit hard times and suffered three defeats in two days, including a big match against archrival West Forsyth with first place in the Central Piedmont Conference on the line.

Before the showdown in Clemmons, Davie finished third out of 22 teams in the Phillip Reed Rumble at Glenn on Jan. 14.

Hunter Testa looked special as always, pinning all three of his opponents to take the title at 182. Lawson Hire was the champion at 132 with a 2-0 showing.

Seven War Eagles placed in the top four, including Jerred Alexander (second at 170), Brysen Godbey (second at 220), Luke Tehandon (third at 113), Reid Nail (third at 120) and Luke Miller (fourth at 138).

Although he did not place, Elliott Gould went 3-2 at 145.

WF 45, Davie 31

As always, the Davie-West Forsyth battle on Jan. 19 figures to decide the CPC title because it’s highly unlikely either will fall against anyone else in the league.

The moment, though, was too tall of a task for the War Eagles, who fell behind 45-13. They had some tough guys ready in the upper weights, but since the outcome was decided, West forfeited to Testa (195), Godbey (220) and Ryder Strickland (285).

Earlier, Tehandon (decision at 113), Andy Davis (pin at 126) and Hire (major decision at 132) did their part, but Davie faltered in eight of 11 weight classes before West forfeited out.

The loss dropped the War Eagles to 4-1 in the CPC. Last year they lost 39-33 to West, which finished 7-0 in the standings to Davie’s 6-1.

Cary 39, Davie 24

One night later, Davie hosted a tri-meet. It did not go as it had hoped, starting with a loss to Cary.

Davie managed just five wins in 14 weight classes. Davis, Testa and Godbey had pins, and Hire and Gould won decisions.

Ragsdale 40, Davie 39

In its second match of the night, the home team fell a point short after Davie and Ragsdale claimed seven weight classes apiece.

Hire, L. Miller, Alexander, Christian Boswell and Testa had pins. Gould won a decision. Ragsdale forfeited to Tehandon.

While it wasn’t the kind of week Davie wanted, it did see Testa build on his remarkable run. The junior is 37-0 with 29 pins. He’s about to become one of the fastest ever to reach 100 career wins.

“He can run anything,” coach Perry Long said. “He wrestles different styles. You don’t know which wrestler you’re going to get. I mean he can wrestle on his feet. He can wrestle on the mat. He can get off the bottom; you’re not going to ride him out. He’s not going to let you tie his hands up.”