The West Wilkes wrestling team moved closer to a fourth-straight Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference championship with a 53-18 dismantling of Alleghany in Millers Creek on Friday.
“I thought Riley Shaw, Carter Minton, Gary Call and Alex Roland all had big wins,” Friday against Alleghany and Bishop McGuinness, said West’s coach, Kelly Nichols.
The Blackhawks powered up to 6-0 in the MVAC and can clinch the title with a win over 5-1 Ashe County on Tuesday in Millers Creek.
“Ashe is going to be a tough matchup, but I promise our guys will give everything they have,” added Nichols.
West’s Riley Shaw set the tone with a 16-0 technical fall over Marcos Sagahon at 106 pounds. Then Carter Minton pinned Austin Maines at 113 for an 11-0 lead for the Blackhawks.
The Trojans closed the gap to 23-18 with a pair of pins at 145 and 152, but then West swept the remaining matches, with Dylan Ball and Gary Call winning by fall at 160 and 220, respectively.
Also on Friday in Millers Creek, the Blackhawks took a 54-17 non-MVAC win over Bishop McGuinness to better to 8-4 overall.
In the match’s three contested classes, West’s Holt Hanchey lost by fall at 152, West’s Jocelyn Paredes dropped a 16-1 technical fall decision at 195 and West’s Alex Roland won by pin at 285.
West pins North
West Wilkes got four key wins midway through its 50-24 victory at North Wilkes in Hays on June 2.
“It was a good win,” said West Coach Kelly Nichols. “This team is working hard and focused on putting 2021 on the wall.”
The league-leading Blackhawks trailed 12-11 before taking control of the match with Alex Roland’s pin of Calvin Transeau at 285 with 1:31 left in the second period, Jacob Bray’s win by forfeit at 106, Riley Shaw’s first-period fall over Simitrio Hernandez at 113 and Carter Minton’s 8-2 decision over Benjamin South at 120.
Now trailing 32-12, the Vikings climbed back in it after Nathaniel Eller pinned Jett McNeill at 126 with 47 seconds left in the second period, and Parker Wells won by first-period fall over Landon West at 138.
West’s Chris West clinched the win with his pin of Alexander Ball at 145 with 32 seconds left in the opening period. Holt Hanchey delivered the final blow for the Blackhawks with a pin fall of Nicholas Szekely at 152 with 45 ticks remaining in the first period.
“We had big wins by Logan Prevette, who we just got back from injury, Alex Roland, Carter Minton, Chris West and Holt Hanchey,” noted Nichols.
The Vikings forged an early lead with a forfeit to start the match and Andrew Cardwell’s pin of Jocelyn Paredes at 195 with 1:02 left in the second period. Sandwiched in between was Logan Prevette’s 17-1 major decision over North’s Mason Dancy at 182.
Paredes, a junior, is the only female to wrestle for West Wilkes in the past 19 years, according to Nichols. Her record is 1-2 this year, with her one win coming by forfeit against Watauga on May 21.
The Blackhawks improved to 6-4 overall and 5-0 in the MVAC. The Vikings faltered to 2-7, 1-4.
Ashe escapes Central
Ashe County turned away Wilkes Central, 54-30, in West Jefferson on Friday.
Eagle winners in contested matches were: Tyler Holland, who pinned Bryson Trivette at 133 with 1:10 left in the second period; Jordan Jarvis, who won by fall over Lukus Spencer at 170 with 58 seconds left in the second period; and Ray-Kwan Hayes, who pinned Bryant Blevins with 1:08 elapsed in the second period of their battle at 285.
The Eagles slipped to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the MVAC. The Huskies bettered to 5-1 in league matches.
Atkins downs East
East Wilkes dropped a non-MVAC match to Atkin at East Surry on Monday, 42-30.
Cardinal winners by fall were Zac Helms at 132, Kole Lambert at 145 and Chandlar Luffman at 152.
East’s overall record slid to 7-12. Results from the East Surry match weren’t available as of press time Tuesday.
East takes pair
East Wilkes took a 48-28 league win Friday over Elkin in Ronda.
The Cardinals benefited from eight forfeits against the Buckin’ Elks. In the match’s only two contested matches, Elkin’s David Rojas and Ethan Van Horn won by major decision and fall at 113 and 138, respectively.
Also in Ronda on Friday, the Cardinals posted a 54-24 non-MVAC victory over Forbush.
In the only contested battle, Forbush’s Jacob Myers won by fall over Jersey Call at 138.
The Cardinals moved up to 7-11 overall and 2-4 in the MVAC.
East drops two
Alleghany posted a 36-24 league win over East Wilkes in Sparta on June 1.
Zac Helms, Xane Grant, Kyle Thompson and Jonathan Hanlin were winners by forfeit for the Cardinals.
Also on June 1, the Cardinals dropped a 54-12 nonconference matchup against Surry Central. Grant won by fall at 138, the hosts’ only contested win.
With the losses, the Cardinals slipped to 5-11 overall and 1-4 in the MVAC.
Eagles split matches
Wilkes Central took a narrow 39-36 decision over Starmount in Boonville on June 1.
Pins by Matthew Bell and Joey Jarvis at 195 and 220, respectively, clinched the win for the Eagles.
Among contested matches, Central’s other win came at 138, where Gage York took a 7-3 decision over Joshua Drane.
Also on June 1, Mt. Airy posted a 66-12 win over the Eagles. The only Central winner in contested matches was Isai Hernandez, who pinned his opponent at 182.
The Eagles stand at 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the MVAC.