North, South wrestling beat Ellis

Published 1:28 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Davie Enterprise Record

South Davie’s wrestling team has a six-match winning streak, but coach Russell Hilton wasn’t giddy after the Tigers ran their record to 8-3. He said they left something to be desired each time out.

“We haven’t put a whole match together,” he said.

Still, the Tigers were too much for visiting Ellis on Jan. 10, winning by the comfortable margin of 63-35.

South’s pinners were Anthony Arbiaza, Elijah Tatum, Aidan Szewczyk, Laz Smith, Xander Proctor, Jayon Wright, Isaiah Leonard and David Hicks. Dreighton Lunnerman won a decision and South got two forfeits.

“We didn’t wrestle our best,” Hilton said. “They have some tough ones, but I think we should have won two or three more matches.”

The Jaguars, who were in action for the first time in 27 days, got pins from Jack Bost, Daniel Hennessey, Jacob Steelman, Allen Moxley, Elijah Chaffin and Luis Salas.

South wrestled twice the next day at Oakwood. In the first match, the Tigers tore through West Iredell 84-24. Leighton Reavis, Lunnerman, Ivan Bustamante, Szewczyk, Smith, Leonard, Hicks and Bryan Tapia had the pins. West gave South six forfeits.

Later in the evening, the Tigers had their closest call during the winning streak, squeezing out a 59-48 decision over Oakwood. Smith, Proctor and Leonard had pins, Szewczyk had a technical fall and South took six forfeits.

“We’re just not wrestling good,” Hilton said. “I was mad about this match.”

Szewczyk and Hicks are still undefeated.


North Davie has a winning streak of its own. The Wildcats stomped North Carolina Leadership Academy 70-27 on Jan. 10, and two days later they overpowered visiting Ellis 72-30.

North’s pinners against Ellis were Jeremiah Hernandez, Easton Stanley, Stephen Jacobs, Javon Carter, John Evans, DJ McCaskill and Walker Matthews.

North took 13 of 18 weight classes, including wins from Isaac O’Toole (tech fall), Hank Blankenship (major decision) and Brayden Jenkins (decision). Ellis forfeited to Graylan Anderson, Jackson Crotts and Jaden Dillard.

The Wildcats, who are 7-2 with four straight wins, have one undefeated wrestler, the 12-0 Evans. Hernandez and Jenkins have one loss each.

Although the Jaguars (3-5) suffered their third straight loss, they got pins from Grayson Daugherty, Bost, Steelman and Moxley. Chaffin won by forfeit.