Prep Wrestling Preview: Bulldogs seek third straight CCC title
Wrestling season kicked off this week for all three local schools. Here is a glance at what Thomasville, East Davidson and Ledford will have in the 2013-14 season.
Since taking over the head coaching position at THS, Richard Herman has built a top 2-A program in the Chair City. Last year, Thomasville went undefeated in the Central Carolina Conference for a second straight time to claim the title. They made a deep run in the playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Newton Conover. The Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 36-4.
With several top grapplers back, Thomasville should be in the hunt again for a third consecutive CCC crown. They return six state qualifiers from last year. They are Hiygee Martin (113), Jason Boutsady (120), Ahsan Butt (126), Corbin Wilson (132), Brett Hokenson (152) and Evan Makupson (160).
Herman expects Ray-Shum and Trey-von Moore along with Khree Colson and Anthony Bersano to do good things as well for the Bulldogs.
Coach Herman says: “We want to compete for a conference championship which is always our No. 1 goal. We would also like to finish in the top five in the state. We want that every year and want to be consistent with it. We just want to keep getting better.”
The Golden Eagles were an average squad a year ago finishing 10-10 and ending up third in conference. They consistently finish in the middle of the standings but would like to take that next step this year. It will be hard to do with Thomasville and 2013 1-A state champion North Rowan now in the mix.
Gage Love (138) is a returning state qualifier and will help lead the Golden Eagles along with senior wrestlers Tyler Rhodes (152), Chase Robison (160) and Deven Hadsock (Hvy.).
Coach Chris Wagner says: “If we get everybody in the right weight classes I think we could fight for a playoff position. But it is a long road with Thomasville and North Rowan in the league. Hopefully we can battle and be in the middle of the race.”
Andy Chappell took over the Ledford program last season and guided the Panthers to a 13-15 overall record and a second-place Mid-Piedmont Conference finish. He returns two senior leaders in Triston Lovette (145) and Drew Chappell (152). The Panthers are young, but LHS has a long history of developing wrestlers quickly and making them state playoff contenders.
Coach Chappell says: “When we get the football players in there and spend some time with them we should be pretty good. It is a tough conference, but we hope to be able and make the playoffs since we did not last year. I like this bunch. The young guys listen and are doing what we ask them to do. It has been fun so far.”