PIKEVILLE - Perhaps the most-telling results weren’t the final team scores Southern Wayne posted against county wrestling rivals Charles B. Aycock and Eastern Wayne on Wednesday evening.
Several individual efforts far outweighed the outcomes.
First-year starter Sophia Marshall emerged victorious for the first time this season. Teammates Wadshon Pierre-Louis and Eli Hulet each turned back their respective CBA opponent and ended the night 2-0.
Marshall surrendered the initial takedown against Eastern Wayne’s Daimiere Moseley during their 220-pound bout. Moseley attempted twice to turn Marshall onto her back, but she refused to budge and kept her poise.
On occasion, she glanced toward King for advice.
He kept telling her to work against Moseley, who broke her hold on a couple of occasions. But once Marshall took him to the mat for the final time, she got the leverage she needed.
“Squeeze!” shouted her teammates.
Still a little uncertain about the pinning combination, Marshall pushed her weight onto Moseley and a once-silent crowd began to roar its approval.
Seconds later, referee Phil Mueller slapped the mat, blew his whistle and raised Marshall’s hand in victory.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” King said. “She is a vocal leader at practice and is there every day working hard and it was very rewarding to see her get a win tonight. She’s been dealing with injuries throughout the year and no one deserved it more than her.”
In addition to Marshall, Daylan Kornegay, Oswaldo Quiroz and Amari Thomas each pinned their respective opponent. Teammates Wadshon Pierre-Louis, Amari Faison, Joseph Evans, Eli Hulet, Josiah Bell, Jay-Sheen Boyd and Caleb Shaw each picked up a forfeit.
A multi-sport athlete, Pierre-Louis notched a second-period fall over Aycock’s Dawson Sauls at 160. Hulet needed just 67 seconds to pin Golden Falcons heavyweight Chris Ezzell.
Bell drew a forfeit.
CBA continued its mastery over the Saints, 63-18, in their Quad County 3A matchup. The Golden Falcons have won every meeting since 2000.
Southern rebounded to dispatch the short-handed Warriors, 66-0.
Though the 1-1 outcome disappointed head coach Antorio King in some aspects, the post-match compliments undoubtedly lifted his spirits.
“Almost every match we have coaches from the other team tell us how much better we have gotten, and they are glad we’re on the right track,” King said. “I have to remind myself that’s it’s not all about wins and losses. Last year, at this time, we had three wrestlers and I had a very different feeling after matches than the ones I have now.
“Keep working and keep getting better is the mission.”
C.B. Aycock 63, Southern Wayne 18
152 - Samad Wooten (CBA) wbf Caleb Shaw, 3 minutes, 18 seconds; 160 - Wadshon Pierre-Louis (SW) wbf Dawson Sauls, 3:11; 170 - Eli Davis (CBA) wbf Daylan Kornegay, 1:01; 182 - Chance Sauls (CBA) web Amari Faison, 0:37; 195 - Antwain Grantham (CBA) wbf Joseph Evans, 1:26; 220 - Dallas Bailey (CBA) wbf Sophia Marshall, 0:30; Hwt - Eli Hulet (SW) wbf Chris Ezzell, 1:07; 106 - Jaiden Moses (CBA) by FF; 113 - Josiah Bell (SW) by FF: 120 - Skylyr Hill (CBA) by FF; 126 - Jaden Bevell (CBA) wbf Oswaldo Quiroz, 2:48; 132 - Alexander Reyes (CBA) by FF; 138 - Russell Davis (CBA) wbf Amari Thomas, 0:51; 145 - Axl Perry (CBA) dec. Jay-Sheen Boyd, 10-4.
Southern Wayne 66, Eastern Wayne 0
160 - Wadshon Pierre-Louis (SW) by FF; 170 - Daylan Kornegay (SW) wbf Devonta Winn; 182 - Amari Faison (SW) by FF; 195 - Joseph Evans (SW) by FF; 220 - Sophia Marshall (SW) wbf Daimiere Moseley; Hwt - Eli Hulet (SW) by FF; 106 - double FF; 113 - Josiah Bell (SW) by FF; 120 - double FF; 126 - Oswaldo Quiroz (EW) wbf KryShaun Summers; 132 - double FF; 138 - Amari Thomas (SW) wbf Piere Holloman; 145 - Jay-Sheen Boyd (SW) by FF; 152 - Caleb Shaw (SW) by FF.
Records: Southern Wayne 5-4, 3-2 QCC; C.B. Aycock 17-5, 4-2.
Next: Jan. 24, QCC individual tournament at Smithfield-Selma, 3:30 p.m.