DOBSON — Surry Central improved to 3-1 in the Western Piedmont Conference with a narrow 39-34 win over Forbush Friday.
Celebrating Senior Night, the Golden Eagles moved a step closer to securing second place in the standings. Previously, the Eagles beat South Stokes and Carver and have just West Stokes left to play in the regular season.
Coach Stephen Priddy said he knew that Forbush matched up well against his team and that the Falcons are well coached and have improved a great deal over the course of the season. He said he sweated this one as much as any match this season.
At 106, senior Nathon Baustista won by pin over Mason Coffman.
At 113, Tyler Whitaker was ahead on points before Forbush’s Caleb Price got the upper hand and made the pin.
In one of the biggest matches of the night senior Kevin Pack went against Edwin Alvarenga.
Pack previously beat Alvarenga at a tournament at Starmount, but this time he came up short in an 8-5 decision loss.
At 126, Central’s Austin Darlington pulled off a great upset, pinning Cody Farmer, a 20-match winner.
At 132, Forbush’s Storm Long (32-2) pinned Garrett Johnson.
At 138, Forbush’s Tyler Hailey (a 25-match winner) majored Hyzton Summers 15-3. Still, Summers saved the team two points by not getting pinned.
At 145 Central’s Uriel Secundino pinned Bradley Hutchens.
At 152, two less-experienced wrestlers faced off in a key match. Central’s Chase Boone, a freshman, beat sophomore Caleb Wingler 10-8 in sudden victory.
At 160, senior Tyler White was held out. Priddy said Tyler had been suffering with a sore neck for a couple of days, so it was a precaution. Forbush’s Isaac McMillian took the forfeit.
At 170, Central’s Zack Martin pinned Tyler Mitchell.
At 182, Forbush’s Tanner Couch pinned Hunter White.
At 195, Forbush’s Dylan Edwards (19-2 coming in) beat Kaleb Dunn 7-2. The freshman went against a state-ranked opponent and never got pinned, noted Priddy. He was on his back once, but fought back and only lost a minor decision.
At 220, Central’s Maurice Abrhams won by forfeit, and David Pena received one at heavyweight, giving Central the win.
Both teams were winning matches, but Central got all but one of its wins by pin, noted Priddy. Not getting pinned at a couple of weights saved the Eagles.
“It is great to honor the seniors, but it is also little sad because you know your time with them is drawing to an end,” said Priddy.
The wrestling season is long, and the kids spend more time with him than they do with their families, and he comes to feel very close to them.
The Eagles take on West Stokes on Tuesday, then they host the Western Piedmont Conference Tournament on Saturday. Hosting.
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