On Tuesday, the Rebels squeezed by the defending 3A state champions, East Gaston. They defeated the Warriors 37-21 at West Lincoln.
The match went back and forth for most of the night. West jumped out to a quick lead after a 14-5 win by John Harkey and Matt Whittle`s pin.
East Gaston was quick to answer when Jared Grigg pinned Travis Hullette and defending state champion Rob Tate decisioned Jeremy Pearson 11-4.
The Rebels once again took the lead when Matt Avery decisioned Bobby Morton 14-6, but the Warriors didn`t let that stop them. They won the next three matches making the score 21-14.
From that point on, the Rebels never looked back. They won the last six matches beginning at 152 lbs. Dustin Hester, Daniel Scronce, Daniel Soto, Keane Steele, Thomas Smith, and Antonio Rojo finished the match strong for the Rebels.
“The boys wrestled real well. They beat a very tough team and well coached team,” Coach Ross said.
Daniel Scronce, West Lincoln`s 160 lbs., said, “This was a big win for us. We all worked hard and wrestled with a lot of heart.”
With this win, Coach Butch Ross and the Rebels improve to 11-0 on the season. They will travel to West Forsyth this weekend for the Clash of the Titans tournament featuring teams for various states.
West Lincoln 37 East Gaston 21
103: John Harkey (WL) maj. dec. Bryan Davis (EG) 14-5, 112: Matt Whittle (WL) pin Zack Pearson (EG) 2:58, 119: Jared Grigg (EG) pin Travis Hullette (WL) 3:15, 125: Rob Tate (EG) dec. Jeremy Pearson (WL) 11-4
130: Matt Avery (WL) maj. dec. Bobby Morton (EG) 14-6, 135: Bryan Mullis (EG) dec. Zeb Elmore (WL) 10-6, 140: Justin Sparrow (EG) pin Logan Schronce (WL) 0:43, 145: Chris Whittekind (EG) dec. James Pearson (WL) 9-2, 152: Dustin Hester (WL) maj. dec. Keith Jonas (EG) 13-3, 160: Daniel Scronce (WL) dec. Zack Rogers (EG) 12-7, 171: Daniel Soto (WL) maj. dec. Cody Edge (EG) 23-10, 189: Keane Steele (WL) dec. Chris Smith (EG) 4-3
215: Thomas Smith (WL) dec. Justin Wilbanks (EG) 4-3, 275: Antonio Rojo (WL) pin Nathan Wooten (EG) 3:17.
by Elizabeth Ross Carpenter