High School Wrestling: Thomasville grapplers flatten Eagles, 72-6
Show up, dominate the match and head home with a landslide victory.
That has been a familiar theme for Thomasville wrestling this season and Monday was no different. The Bulldogs lost only one match in a 72-6, Central Carolina Conference pummeling of East Davidson. At 27-3 overall and 3-0 in the league, THS appears to have the inside track to the conference championship with struggling Lexington and Salisbury left on the schedule.
“They are working hard and we have some great athletes,” said Thomasville coach Richard Herman. “We are trying to separate ourselves from the conference and see if we can get lucky enough to do something special.”
East’s grapplers were on their backs most of the evening with THS coming up with 11 pins. Jason Boutsady (113) set the tone for the Bulldogs in the first bout, pinning his opponent 1:43 into the festivities. Ahsan Butt (120) and Tay Dupree (126) planted their opponents in the mat to build an 18-0 lead for the Bulldogs.
Through three matches and one period, the Golden Eagles had failed to tally a point within a single bout. Zach Tysinger broke the silence by scoring against Corbin Wilson, but that was the only point he got before Wilson pinned him 22 seconds into the third period.
East was in its first winning position at 138 when Gage Love went up 3-1 on Brett Hokensen. That lead was erased in the first 45 seconds of the second period when Hokensen wrestled him down to the mat. Luke Williams pinned his man in the following match to stretch the lead to 36-0.
The lone winner for the Golden Eagles was 152-pounder Brice Bernard. His takedown early in the second period set him up for a pin.
Thomasville took the remaining matches with Aaron Reeves (170), Keith Clemmons (195), Antonie Briseno (220) and heavyweight Tequan Williams getting pins. Evan Makupson (160) and Gabe Brockett (182), pulled out one-point decision wins.
“I thought we worked hard but they are good,” said East coach Chris Wagner. “They are a solid team throughout the lineup so they should do well down the road.”
East dropped to fourth in the CCC at 1-2 with a record of 8-10 overall.