The West Lincoln wrestling team began its season at home on Tuesday night with a win. Coach Butch Ross and his wrestlers defeated the Freedom Patriots 42 â€“ 28 in their season opener.
After falling behind 16 â€“ 9 early, the team pulled together to secure their win. Dustin Hester, West Lincolnâ€™s 152 pound wrestler, said, â€œWe wrestled good as a team, but were a little out of shape.â€ Hester was one of five West Lincoln wrestlers to pin their opponent.
The match took a different turn at the 215 pound weight class when Daniel Smith decisioned his opponent to begin a rally by the Rebels. They won the last seven out of nine matches.
Coach Ross said, â€œFreedom is a well-coached team. They gave us a good fight. We looked a little rough around the edges, but the boys wrestled hard.â€
With this win, Coach Butch Ross improves his career wins to 195. The Rebel wrestlers will be looking to add to that on Saturday when they host a six man round robin tournament.
The matches will feature Smokey Mountain, Kings Mountain, East Burke, Chatham Central, Pisgah, North Gaston, and West Lincoln.
The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. in the West Lincoln High School Gymnasium.
West Lincoln 42 Freedom 28:
103: John Harkey (WL) pin Jay Chang (F) 0:58,112: Josh Eskridge (F) pin Matt Whittle (WL) 3:50, 119: Zac Elmore (WL) dec. JD Foote (F) 4-1, 125: Jeremy Pearson (WL) pin James Chassiqoue 0:35, 130: Matt Avery (WL) pin Tyler Davis (F) 5:07, 135: Zeb Elmore (WL) pin Landon Browning (F) 1:07, 140: Hal Robinson (F) pin Logan Scronce (WL) 5:32, 145: Johnathan Collett (F) dec. Tyler Wilfong (WL) 9-2, 152: Dustin Hester (WL) pin Brad Shuffler (F) 0:48, 160: Dustin Elthridge (F) Maj. dec. Daniel Scronce (WL) 20-6, 171: Cody Brown (F) pin Daniel Soto (WL) 5:29, 189: Kenny Smith (F) dec. Keane Steele (WL) 9-8, 215: Daniel Smith (WL) dec. Nick Kirk (F) 12-7, 275: Antonio Rojo (WL) won by forfeit.
by Elizabeth Ross Carpenter