North adding to storied wrestling tradition

Published 2:31 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023

By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

At the beginning of the season, North Davie 11th-year wrestling coach Jamey Holt wasn’t sure whether the Wildcats could continue their powerful tradition.

He’s delighted to say he might have been wrong. The Wildcats, who experienced their only losing season in the first year of the school (6-7 in 1980-81), are having weekly fiestas. “They’ve surprised me for sure,” said Holt, who improved his career record to 107-21 with a 63-42 road win over South Davie on Nov. 20.

North (7-1) rolled up nine pins against South (2-7). They came from Chris Gonzalez (76), Dominic Ishuin (83), Jacob Sides (120), Taylor Shenberger (138), Jack Greer (145), Isaac O’Toole (152), Jaden Dillard (170), Nathan Smith (220) and DJ McCaskill (250). Preston Young (113) took a decision as North extended its winning streak to six.

McCaskill was back at heavyweight after missing five matches with an injury. “Getting DJ back at heavyweight helped for sure,” Holt said.

Holt also pointed to Smith, Gonzalez, Ishuin and Travis Duggins, who got a forfeit at 90.

“Nathan was very unselfish for bumping up to 220 to get a better matchup,” he said. “He was giving up about 30 pounds, but he wrestled hard, hit a nice double leg and took him straight to his back for the pin.

“Chris and Dominic down low have been great at getting us off to a good start.

“Travis has been a pleasant surprise at 90. He’s a first-year eighth grader, but he’s learning on the fly and winning some matches.”

South’s winners were Zion Lyons (pin at 126), Dreighton Lunnerman (pin at 132), Caleb Edwards (pin at 160), Rico Evans (injury default at 98) and Jack Nail (disqualification at 106). North forfeited to South at 182 and 195.

North has a three-match winning streak in the series.

Ellis 90, Selma 12

After falling to West Rowan, Ellis came back with a vengeance at Selma Burke on Nov. 20.

Henry Butler, Grayson Daugherty, Ayden Davis, Daniel Hennessey, Allen Moxley, Finn Sink, Luke Hannah, Tristan Lash, Garrett Whitaker and Austin Eggers recorded pins as the Jaguars (5-3) won for the fifth time in six matches.

Carter Hoots, Jackson Strader and Taylor White won decisions.