The West Lincoln wrestlers began their Midwest 2A Conference schedule Tuesday night at Newton Conover. They were able to slide by the Red Devils 32-26.
The Rebels were the first to score when Senior, Keane Steele, decisioned his opponent 5-4 in the 189 lbs. weight class. However, Jason Styers evened the score for Newton when he defeated Thomas Smith, 6-3.
West Lincoln moved ahead again when Antonio Rojo decisioned Kyle Brock 6-2 and John Harkey decisioned Josh Webster 2-0. Harkey had previously lost to Webster in their first two meetings earlier this season.
Newtonâ€™s Eric Webster scored a major decision on Matt Whittle by winning 14-4. Zac Elmore, West Lincolnâ€™s 119 lbs., answered back by defeating Jake Coley 17-6. This put the Rebels up 13-7.
The score was then tied when Joe Smith of Newton pinned Jeremy Pearson in the third period.
Matt Avery and Zeb Elmore came on strong for the Rebels. Avery defeated Phillip Chapman 12-3 and Elmore pinned Marcus Parson in the first period. Although the Rebels were up 23-13, they knew that they could not let up yet.
Jeremiah McClean and Kerry Michaud of Newton defeated Brandon Auton and Logan Schronce bringing the score to 23-20.
Dustin Hester added to West Lincolnâ€™s lead when he decisioned Josh Hight 12-5, but Newtonâ€™s 160 lbs. wanted the Rebels to know it wasnâ€™t over yet. Chase Carter pinned Daniel Scronce in the third period to tie the match 26-26.
Senior Daniel Soto was the final match of the night. He knew that it was all up to him. Soto pinned Chucky Jacobs in 1:01 to give the Rebels the win.
Coach Butch Ross was pleased with his wrestlers. â€œThe boys wrestled well. Newton is a tough team to beat. They are one of the top teams in our conference.â€
With this win, the Rebels move to 24-0. Coach Ross hopes to carry the momentum from this win into the next few matches.
The Rebels are ranked first in the 2A classification in North Carolina Mat News. They will host Bandys, the 2nd ranked team on Tuesday night at West Lincoln beginning at 7 p.m.
West Lincoln 32 Newton Conover 26
103: John Harkey (WL) dec. Josh Webster (NC) 2-0
112: Eric Webster (NC) maj. dec. Matt Whittle (WL) 14-4
119: Zac Elmore (WL) maj. dec. Jake Coley (NC) 17-6
125: Joe Smith (NC) pin Jeremy Pearson 5:28
130: Matt Avery (WL) maj. dec. Phillip Chapman (NC) 12-3
135: Zeb Elmore (WL) pin Marcus Parson (NC) 1:09
140: Jeremiah McLean (NC) dec. Brandon Auton (WL) 4-0
145: Kerry Michaud (NC) maj. dec. Logan Schronce 11-1
152: Dustin Hester (WL) dec. Josh Hight (NC) 12-5
160: Chase Carter (NC) pin Daniel Scronce (WL) 5:01
171: Daniel Soto (WL) pin Chucky Jacobs (NC) 1:01
189: Keane Steele (WL) dec. Bryan Mulligan (NC) 5-4
215: Jason Styers (NC) dec. Thomas Smith (WL) 6-3
275: Antonio Rojo (WL) dec. Kyle Brock (NC) 6-2
Top Wrestlers for the Rebels:
Antonio Rojo 34-1, Matt Avery 31-3, Dustin Hester 31-3, Zac Elmore 12-3, John Harkey 33-6, Jeremy Pearson 26-6 and Zeb Elmore 27-6.
by Elizabeth Ross Carpenter