Prep Wrestling: Bulldogs pin Eagles, 57-24
A heavy favorite Monday evening in its Central Carolina Conference bout with East Davidson, the Thomasville Bulldogs fended off a respectable effort by their cross-town foes.
The Golden Eagles picked up pins in all four of their wins, but it was not near enough to hang with the 23-3, 2-0 Bulldogs in a 57-24 decision. From a wrestling standpoint Thomasville coach Richard Herman was pleased. However, the support his grapplers gave each other was lacking, which took a little of the joy of victory away.
“We won 10 out of 14 matches and obviously wrestled good,” said Thomasville coach Richard Herman. “I had no problem with the way we wrestled. I was more upset because we were not supporting each other. We have to fix that.”
Kyree Colson got the Bulldogs off on the right foot with a pin of Josh Elliott in the first period of the match at 138. Trevor Billie backed up the performance of his teammate with a pin of his own, taking the six points in the first period as well to put the home 'Dogs up 12-0.
Chase Robinson ended the THS parade when he outlasted Brett Hokenson at 152, getting a pin to cut the deficit in half.
Thomasville responded with two more wins to extend the margin to 21-6. Evan Makupson (160) came away with a pin first period, then Kailon Bratton beat Patrick Hemric on points.
But East was right back in it one match later thanks to A.J. Palmer. His pin in the second period left the visitors nine points off the pace.
At 195, Anthony Brisano and David Causey were locked into a good match that was 6-3 in the third period. With 1:25 left in the match, Brisano made the right move and got Causey on his back for a pin.
Keith Clemmons (220) followed up with a pin and the Bulldogs were rolling up 33-12.
The last two wins for East came on pins by heavyweight Devon Hadsock and 120-pounder Danny Wurdemann.
Thomasville's scoring was completed by Ray-shun Moore (106, forfeit), Hiygee Martin (113, pin), Jason Boutsady (126, pin) and Ahsan Butt (132, pin).
East head coach Chris Wagner felt it was a positive outcome for his team that slips to 10-13 overall and 0-2 in the CCC.
“I was pleased with the showing we had tonight,” he said. “Being a Monday and the fact we wrestled bad last week coming out of the break, we came out with a good effort. Hopefully we can continue with this type of effort.”
Thomasville has sole possession of first place for the time being. A matchup next week against Salisbury could determine the league champion. The Hornets beat the Eagles by a wider margin and that is why Herman wants a more supportive effort from each individual on the team.
“If we are going to win a conference championship we have to be better than we were tonight and support each other,” said Herman. “We did not support each other like a family should tonight.”
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