Tuesday night, the West Lincoln wrestling team captured the Midwest 2A Conference Title with a win over Lincolnton on Senior night.
Brandon Auton, Robbie Dedmon, Zac Elmore, Zeb Elmore, John Harkey, Dustin Hester, Adam Holtsclaw, Jeremy Pearson, Neil Pellum, Matt Richardson, Antonio Rojo, Daniel Scronce, Thomas Smith, Daniel Soto, and Keane Steele along with their parents were honored at Senior night.
The team record during their four years is a combined 112 wins and 13 losses.
Coach Ross said, “These seniors have been outstanding contributors to West Lincoln Wrestling both on and off the mat. Many of these young men work with the Top Dawg Wrestling program to help make West Lincoln wrestling a continuing success. West Lincoln wrestling would like to thank them for all that they do.”
Coach Butch Ross and his wrestlers had a remarkable regular season. They were able to break the school record of most wins in a regular season by going 32-0 on the season.
The Rebels have won the West Lincoln Round Robin, St. Stephen`s Indian Classic, West Lincoln Duals, and the Adam Benson Memorial Tournament. They placed second at the West Forsyth Clash of the Titans and third at the Cary News Invitational.
West Lincoln will now head into post-season action. They will wrestle in the Midwest 2A Conference Tournament on Saturday at Bandys High School. The tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. If inclement weather occurs, the tournament will be canceled due to scheduling conflicts of the state tournaments.
With the regular season conference title, the Rebels will begin wrestling next Tuesday as the No. 1 seed in the conference in search of a State Dual Team Championship.
The 1999-2000 Rebels captured the only other state team title that West Lincoln has ever won.
Ross hopes to take the momentum of the conference into next week. In order for the Rebels to win the State Championship, they will have to wrestle five matches in a five-day period, with two of them coming on Tuesday and two on Thursday.
“I am very proud of the boys. They have worked very hard this season to get us this far. They have defeated a lot of great teams and we still have a lot more to wrestle,â€ Ross said.
“I also would like to thank the parents and the fans for their support. Everywhere we go, we take a lot of support with us. It means a lot to go into a gym and bring more fans with you than the home team has,” Ross said.
After the duals are over, the Rebels will travel to Newton to compete in the Individual Regional Tournament on February 11-12. Then, they will wrestle in the Individual State Tournament on February 18-19 in Winston Salem.
by Elizabeth Ross Carpenter