North, Ellis wrestling building momentum

Published 1:03 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

North Davie’s wrestling team beat South Davie in emphatic fashion.

Ellis is on the rise.

North’s Wildcats blasted visiting Corriher-Lipe 78-18 on Oct. 30.

Coach Jamey Holt’s 11 pinners were Chris Gonzalez (76), Dominic Ishuin (83), Connor Gannon (98), Graylan Anderson (106), Jacob Sides (120), Jason Riddle (132), Taylor Shenberger (138), Jack Greer (145), Isaac O’Toole (152), Jaden Dillard (170) and Nathan Smith (195).

The Yellow Jackets handed North two forfeits.

“The ones down low are improving every day,” Holt said.

ND 65, SD 39

Three days later at North, the Wildcats grabbed six of the first seven weight classes to build a 35-3 lead, and that was that in a 65-39 decision over South Davie.

Pins by Gonzalez (76), Ishuin (83), Travis Duggins (90), Anderson (106), Preston Young (113) and Kolby Long (120) staked North to the big cushion.

The other North pinners were Shenberger (138), Peyton Jordan (160) and Dillard (170). It had forfeit wins at 152 and 220.

“I thought we wrestled well,” Holt said after North improved to 3-1. “Preston had a big pin at 113. I thought that was a swing match. Chris and Dominic keep getting better every day. I’m not a fan of headlocks, but Peyton threw a pretty one for his pin at 160.”

South (1-4) got pins from Zion Lyons (126), Xander Proctor (145) and Brandon Paster (195). Rico Evans won a decision at 98. North forfeited to South at 132, 182 and 250.

Ellis 63, SE 34

The Jaguars were too much for visiting Southeast on Oct. 30. Conner Cornatzer, Patrick Regan, Daniel Hennessey, Austin Eggers, Allen Moxley, Randy Hackett and Garrett Whitaker provided seven pins. Carter Hoots won a decision and the Patriots gifted five forfeits.

Ellis 66, SB 40

Ellis kept rolling right along in a comfortable home win over Selma Burke on Nov. 2.

Cornatzer, Regan, Jaxon Gay, Ayden Davis, Hennessey, Luke Hannah, Parker Johnson, Hoots, Moxley, Hackett, Whitaker and Finn Sink racked up 12 pins as the Jaguars (3-2) stretched their winning streak to three.

“The whole team is learning, listening and getting better than they were yesterday,” coach Charles Compton said. “They’re becoming a family and wrestling like one.”