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31th Annual St. Stephens
Freestyle Open - NCUSA Event
Saint Wrestling Youth Spring League
for Elementary Kids
Wrestling Summer Camp
To Be Announced
Saint Wrestling Club
Saint Wrestling Club Membership Form
Wanya Rankins Places 3rd at State Championships
Wanya is only the second known Heavy
Weight Saint Wrestler to place at the State Championship.
The other known Heavy Weight is our own Eric Isenhour.
Saint finished in 25th place with 23 points
Our Senior Class finished their season with
the following career win count.
Zack Berkey 162
Dakota Griffith 157
Wanya Rankins 126
Nolan Foster 108
Tucker Justice 98
Bryson Arrowood 48
Austin Pickard 39
Saint Sends 5 to State
Blake Baker @ 120 Regional 3rd
Zack Berkey @ 138 Regional 2nd
Tucker Justice @ 170 Regional 2nd
Bryson Arrowood @ 195 Regional 3rd
Wanya Rankins @ 285 Regional 2nd
St. Stephens came in 4th with 122.5 points
Congratulations to Dakota Griffith
Dakota won his 150th career win with a pin on 1-12-2016 in his last match against South Caldwell.
He finished his career with 157 wins.
Congratulations to Wanya Rankins
Wanya won his 125th career win with 3-2 decision in the
State Consolation Semi-final on 2-20-2016 against Cornith Holders HS.
He finished his career with 126 wins and 3rd Place in the State Finals.
Congratulations to Blake Baker
Blake won his 50th career win at the State Tournament with a 10-8 decision against Swansboro.
Congratulations to Salvador Gilvaja
Salvador won his 25th career win at the Hibriten conference match with a 3:10 pin.
Saint Wins at Hickory
The Tribe was in control from the start of the match and finished it with a 69-10 win. Pinning for the Tribe was Graham Ormand, Luke Queen, Eddie Brannock, Zack Berkey, Nolan Foster, Tucker Justice, Tyler Laxton, Bryson Arrowood, and Josh Beltran.
Dakota Griffith scored a technical fall and Salvador Gilvaja scored a major decision.
Saint is now 2-0 in conference action.
Saint Wins Conference Opener Against Patton
The night started off well with Saint winning
2 out of three preliminary matches. Ethan McCrary pinned at 0:27. Austin
Pickard pinned at 2:11 after building a 9-3 lead in his match.
The match started at 195 with Bryson Arrowood(a distant cousin to "Bane" in the Batman movie). Bryson squeezes a 1:46 pin to start the Tribe off and we never lost the lead. Wanya "I got toes" Rankins followed with another pin.
Our next three wrestlers lost, but held the line for the Tribe. Josh Beltran lost by decision in an hard fought and questionable overtime match. Graham Ormand at 106 fought 9th ranked Zeb Patton back from a 2-12 deficit in the second period to 9-14 in the final period. Luke Queen held off 4th ranked Donte Norwood for just a 3-10 decision. Our wrestlers wrestled well and did not give up additional points.
With the score 12-9 the Tribe plowed ahead with pins and wins. Blake Baker, Eddie Brannock, Zack Berkey, Tucker Justice, and Tyler Laxton pinned for the Tribe. Ivan Vergel majored. Dakota Griffith and Nolan Foster won decisions.
Freshman Salvador Gilvaja faced off this Patton's senior and 6th ranked 3a wrestler Santiago Morris. Morris's experienced kept him in control of the match, but Salvador stayed in good position and was constantly fighting back. Morris won 2-11, but Salvador's efforts kept Patton's scoring down to 4 points.
Saint is now 1-0 in conference action and 27-4
|St. Stephens 52 Patton 13|
|195: Bryson Arrowood (SS) p. Michael Day 1:46 (SS) 6 (PAT) 0|
|220: Wanya Rankins (SS) p. Grey Munger 2:31 (SS) 12 (PAT) 0|
|285: Cody Shambre (PAT) d. Joshua Beltran 4-2 OT (SS) 12 (PAT) 3|
|106: Zeb Patton (PAT) d. Graham Ormand 14-9 (SS) 12 (PAT) 6|
|113: Donte Norwood (PAT) d. Luke Queen 10-3 (SS) 12 (PAT) 9|
|120: Blake Baker (SS) p. Trevor Dale 2:48 (SS) 18 (PAT) 9|
|126: Dakota Griffith (SS) d. Drew Clark 7-0 (SS) 21 (PAT) 9|
|132: Eddie Brannock (SS) p. Peyton Dula 3:31 (SS) 27 (PAT) 9|
|138: Zack Berkey (SS) p. Derrick Li 2:28 (SS) 33 (PAT) 9|
|145: Ivan Vergel (SS) maj. Jamir Epps 15-3 (SS) 37 (PAT) 9|
|152: Nolan Foster (SS) d. James Berry 7-0 (SS) 40 (PAT) 9|
|160: Santiago Morris (PAT) maj. Salvador Gilvaja 11-2 (SS) 40 (PAT) 13|
|170: Tucker Justice (SS) p. Troy Gragg 1:16 (SS) 46 (PAT) 13|
|182: Tyler Laxton (SS) p. Matt Dale 1:19 (SS) 52 (PAT) 13|
Saint Wins Four at Alexander
The Tribe started the day with three straight shut outs of AC Reynolds 83-0, Watauga 79-0, and Statesville 67-0. The Tribe pulled out a highly competitive match with Alexander Central with a 43-24 win. Tucker Justice and Wanya Rankins pinned in the early half of the match to keep the Tribe close with a deficit of 16-21. Blake Baker, Dakota Griffith, Zack Berkey, and Nolan Foster pinned in the closing matches to push the Tribe to a 43-24 win. Salvador Gilvaja captured a 11-2 major decision and Ivan Vergel won a 10-7 battle for a decision.
Congratulations to Zack Berkey
Zach earned his 150th Career Win Milestone at the Cougar Duals 01-02-2016
Zack's win was by forfeit, but he had a great day with 4-0 record
Congratulations to Nolan Foster
Nolan earned his 100th Career Win Milestone at the Cougar Duals 01-02-2016
Nolan won with a 0:47 pin over Alan Brown of AC Reynolds
Congratulations to Graham Ormand
Graham earned his 25th Career Win Milestone at the Cougar Duals 01-02-2016
Graham won with a 3:45 pin over William Johnson of Statesville
Saint Comes Within Two Points of Winning the West Lincoln Duals
It has been a busy weekend of wrestling for the Tribe. A great performance at Cary and a one point loss to Mooresville that kept the Tribe from winning another dual competition tournament. Saint went 4-1 at the West Lincoln Duals. Scores are on the Current Dual Record on the Latest News page.
Congratulations to Zack Berkey
Zack won his 100th career pin in his last match against Wilkes Central
This moves him into 5th place on the all time career pins list.
Congratulations to Tucker Justice
Tucker earned his 75th Career Win Milestone at the Cary Sgt. Mark Adams Tournament on 12-18-2015
Tucker won with a 5:02 pin over Jordan Sauzo of Lee County
Congratulations to Bryson Arrowood
Bryson earned his 25th Career Win Milestone at the Cary Sgt. Mark Adams Tournament on 12-18-2015
Bryson won with a 8-5 decision over Johnny Sullivan of Apex
Congratulations to Tyler Laxton
Tyler earned his 25th Career Win Milestone at the Cary Sgt. Mark Adams Tournament on 12-19-2015
Tyler won with a 3:43 pin over San Bae of Enloe
Congratulations to Blake Baker
Blake earned his 25th Career Win Milestone at the Cary Sgt. Mark Adams Tournament on 12-19-2015
Blake won with a 6-4 decision over Keaton Norman of West Lincoln
Congratulations to Ivan Vergel
Ivan earned his 25th Career Win Milestone at the West Lincoln Duals on 12-22-2015
Ivan won with a 6-2 decision over Jordan Bentley of South Caldwell
Saint Wins Cary Sgt. Mark Adams Invitational Tournament
It was a great performance by our wrestlers in all 14 weight
classes. Thirteen wrestlers finished in the top 5 and one that did not placed
racked up 7 points for the team. The strength of numbers and the fact that the
Tribe pinned 29 times during the tournament lead them to a 46.5 point lead over
Cary going into the Championship Round. The Tribe's first appearance in this
tournament started in 2000. After years of 2nd and 3rd place team finishes, this
was the first ever Championship win at the Cary tournament. Our fan
support was strong and, at times, very vocal and uncontrollable.
A GREAT WEEKEND OF WRESTLING
1st Place: Dakota Griffith 128 - 30 pts.
2nd Place: Blake Baker 120 - 21 pts, Eddie Brannock 132 - 23 pts, Zack Berkey 138 - 22 pts,
3rd Place: Graham Ormand 106- 19 pts, Luke Queen 113- 16pts, Tucker Justice 170- 24 pts, Bryson Arrowood 195- 16 pts, Wanya Rankins 220 - 17.5 pts
4th Place: Nolan Foster 152 - 22 pts
5th Place: Ivan Vergel 145 - 10 pts, Salvador Gilvaja 160 - 15 pts, Tyler Laxton 182 - 17 pts
Non-Placer Josh Beltran 285 - 7pts
Congratulations to Wanya Rankins
Wanya earned his 100th Career Win Milestone in His Third Place Consolation Finals Match
Wanya won a 3-2 decision over Josh Jones of Cape Fear HS
Cary High School
Sgt Mark Adams Invitational 2015
Dec 18-19, 2015
1 259.50 St Stephens
2 218.00 Cary
3 194.00 Union Pines
4 190.50 Clayton
5 130.50 Pine Forest
6 128.50 Apex
7 126.00 Cape Fear
8 109.50 West Lincoln
9 100.50 Mt Pleasant
10 79.00 Lee County
11 78.00 Hoggard
12 59.00 Ravenscroft
13 50.00 Carver
14 40.00 Hoke County
15 39.00 Sanderson
16 38.00 West Johnson
17 37.00 Middle Creek
18 36.50 Enloe
19 23.00 SE Raleigh
20 17.00 Garner
22 15.00 Triton 1
106 Zach Thomas, Lee County Fall Gabe Baragona, Apex, 1:23
113 Ethan Mendel, Cary Dec Adam Hoover, Union Pines, 4-2
120 Tony Menozi, Union Pines M-Dec Blake Baker, St Stephens, 10-0
126 Dakota Griffith, St Stephens Dec Christian Govan, Pine Forest, 6-4
132 Dylan Aubry, Cary Dec Eddie Brannock, St Stephens, 4-2
138 Dylan Barber, Union Pines Fall Zack Berkey, St Stephens, 1:34
145 Kollin Wade, Cary M-Dec Nick Brown, Clayton, 10-0
152 Trevor Loken, Clayton M-Dec Ian Conley, Ravenscroft, 13-0
160 David Russell, Pine Forest M-Dec Ethan Hoffman, Enloe, 16-6
170 Alex Zuniga, Cary Fall Christian Hollar, Hoggard, 0:30
182 Mike Lines, Clayton Dec Chris Kelly, Union Pines, 9-4
195 Chris Matthews, Cape Fear Fall Nico Childs, Cary, 3:30
220 Marcus Bell, Pine Forest M-Dec Garrett Jefferson, Union Pines, 16-7
285 Rod Perry, Cary Fall Milton Mosley, Cape Fear, 1:08
106 Graham Ormand, St Stephens Dec Noah Johns, Clayton, 6-2
113 Luke Queen, St Stephens Dec Christian Prescott, Clayton, 5-3
120 Keaton Norman, West Lincoln T-Fall Cade McDonald, Mt Pleasant, 15-0
126 Dalton Phillips, Apex Dec Colton Young, Clayton, 7-0
132 Joey McMahon, Apex Dec Nathan Hull, West Lincoln, 9-4
138 Deon Odom, Pine Forest Fall Jayden Jones, Clayton, 4:09
145 Parker Holcomb, Union Pines Fall Josh Duren, West Lincoln, 2:07
152 Nate Kinsey, Cary Dec Nolan Foster, St Stephens, 3-2
160 Dylan Reece, Mt Pleasant Dec Quentin Horne, Carver, 5-2
170 Tucker Justice, St Stephens Fall Connor Castagnero, Apex, 4:25
182 Joe Grena, Cary Dec Darius Jackson, Cape Fear, 2-1
195 Bryson Arrowood, St Stephens Dec Sharkey Ringlieb, Pine Forest, 6-0
220 Wanya Rankins, St Stephens Dec Josh Jones, Cape Fear, 3-2
285 Jovan Jarrett, Apex Fall Johnny Rose, West Johnson, 2:21
106 Mason Bennett, Union Pines Fall Noah Locklear, Hoke County, 4:20
113 Steven Warren, Hoke County M-Dec Austin Dailey, West Johnson, 11-2
120 Blake Williams, Apex Dec Nolan Short, Clayton, 5-3
126 Tyler Cunningham, West Lincoln Fall Joshua Yeshulas, Union Pines, 0:33
132 Deondre James, Clayton Dec Aaron Geter, Sanderson, 7-0
138 Adrian Davenport, Sanderson Dec Josh Maass, Middle Creek, 3-2
145 Ivan Vergel, St Stephens Dec Tyrese Murphy, Carver, 11-4
152 Braxton May, Middle Creek Fall Mac Allen, Union Pines, 2:59
160 Salvador Gilvaja, St Stephens Dec Davis Gleisner, Clayton, 11-4
170 Hunter Carpenter, West Lincoln Fall Hunter Johnson, Triton, 0:11
182 Tyler Laxton, St Stephens Dec Willaim Kandare, Hoggard, 12-5
195 Nate Isenhour, Mt Pleasant Fall Johnny Sullivan, Apex, 4:12
220 DJ Washington, Ravenscroft Dec Gabriel Walter, Hoggard, 4-3
285 David Percell, Lee County Fall Dustin Barnhardt, Mt Pleasant, 0:19
Saint Downs Bandys and 2A #1 Ranked East Burke
Saint hosted Bandys tonight and the current 2A #1 ranked
East Burke team. Bandys only had 5 active wrestlers on their team tonight
and the Tribe did not loose a single match.
The final score was 81-0.
East Burke came into newly remodeled Baker Arena to take on the Tribe. The Tribe had already defeated East Burke at the South Caldwell Duals by a score of 41-29. East Burke came in ranked on www.retrorankings.com as the #1 2a team and had 4 top ranked wrestlers in their lineup.
Tribe Seniors Nolan Foster, and Tucker Justice start the Tribe off with two first period pins and the Tribe was out in front 12-0. Junior Tyler Laxton faced off with #6 ranked senior Jacob Prestwood and would not give up a pin. He lost 1-14, but held the Cavilers to 4 points. Senior Bryson Arrowood grabbed a first period pin to up the Tribe up 18-4.
Freshman Jesus Ibarra
faced #4 ranked Landon Page and lost in a first period pin. Tribe 18 East Burke
10. Jesus has fought hard for the Tribe and continues to step into the line up
to help in the team match plan. Keep up the hard work Jesus.
Wanya Rankins grabbed a 2nd period pin to put the Tribe ahead 24-10. Beefy, always striving to bring new wrestling techniques on to the mat, was cautioned for an illegal "Diamond Cutter". A two handed neck spinal tap in the rear neck area from the referee top starting position. Even the official was taken back at Beefy's innovative wrestling skills, but it was ILLEGAL. OK Beef. No more Diamond Cutters!!!
Freshman Graham Ormand fell to #2 ranked senior Jacob McMonagle closing the gap to 24-16. Sophomore Luke Queen won a 6-1 decision giving the Tribe a 27-16 lead. Ethan McCrary fell to #2 Christopher Gilbert to close the spread again to 27-22. That is all the scoring East Burke was able to grab from the Tribe. Blake Baker, Dakota Griffith, Zack Berkey, and Ivan Vergel pinned for the Tribe and Eddie Brannock majored giving the Tribe a 55-22 win.
|St. Stephens 55 East Burke 22|
|160: Nolan Foster (SS) p. Mark Robbins 1:52 (SS) 6 (EB) 0|
|170: Tucker Justice (SS) p. Elijah Bradshaw 1:00 (SS) 12 (EB) 0|
|182: Jake Prestwood (EB) maj. Tyler Laxton 14-1 (SS) 12 (EB) 4|
|195: Bryson Arrowood (SS) p. Dylan Bodde 0:21 (SS) 18 (EB) 4|
|220: London Page (EB) p. Jesus Ibbarra 0:48 (SS) 18 (EB) 10|
|285: Wanya Rankins (SS) p. Jon Palmer 2:58 (SS) 24 (EB) 10|
|106: Jacob McMonagle (EB) p. Graham Ormand 1:19 (SS) 24 (EB) 16|
|113: Luke Queen (SS) d. Ekin Vang 6-1 (SS) 27 (EB) 16|
|120: Noah Gilbert (EB) p. Ethan McCrary 3:50 (SS) 27 (EB) 22|
|126: Blake Baker (SS) p. Hunter Freeman 2:00 (SS) 33 (EB) 22|
|132: Dakota Griffith (SS) p. Noah Tallent 0:20 (SS) 39 (EB) 22|
|138: Eddie Brannock (SS) maj. Dylan Deaton 12-2 (SS) 43 (EB) 22|
|145: Zack Berkey (SS) p. Aaron Leonhardt 0:46 (SS) 49 (EB) 22|
|152: Ivan Vergel (SS) p. Luke Stephens 2:31 (SS) 55 (EB) 22|
Congratulations to Luke Queen
Luke earned his 50th Career Win Milestone
Luke won a decision tonight over Ekin Vang 6-1
Congratulations to Eddie Brannock
Eddie earned his 50th Career Win Milestone
Eddie won a major decision tonight over Dylan Deaton 12-1
One Final Thought
In this pathetic age of PC and being polite so the other team does not feel bad if our wrestler wins, just remember that this is wrestling. There is no "Participation Trophy" and you don't get a "sticker" for being present. You dominate or go sit down. There is nothing wrong with YELLING and CHEERING for our wrestlers. Our fans need to be more vocal before, during, and after the match. Cheer and support every wrestler. Get the Grandparents involved. Get your neighbors involve. Things were getting started at Newton, but last night was very mild mannered for a big match. Bring it on Saint!
Saint Wins the R-S Central Duals
Saint went undefeated in the eight team dual
tournament Friday tonight with three wins in our pool and won the next round of
winners from the opposite pool of four.
Saint lead off against a short handed South Point team which gave up nine forfeits. Saint won 74-6. Pinning for the Tribe was Graham Ormand and Zack Berkey. Dakota Griffith and Eddie Brannock both scored major decisions.
Our second match was against McDowell HS and the Tribe cursed to a 63-9 win. Luke Queen, Dakota Griffith, Austin Pickard, Zack Berkey, Tucker Justice, Tyler Laxton, and Wanya Rankins obtained pins. Ivan Vergel scored a techfall and Eddie Brannock won a major decision.
The last pool match was against Pisgah. Saint won this with a 51-16 score. Pinning for the Tribe was Blake Baker, Austin Pickard, Nolan Foster, Tucker Justice, and Bryson Arrowood.
Saint was pitted against the second place finisher from the other pool, Ashbrook. The Tribe jumped out to a 40-0 lead before Ashbrook scored. Saint won 59-12. Pinning for the Tribe was Austin Pickard, Zack Berkey, Nolan Foster, Tucker Justice, Tyler Laxton, and Wanya Rankins. Luke Queen and Eddie Brannock scored major decisions.
Due to the lateness of the evening and that the number one team from the opposite pool lost to Pisgah, Saint was declared the tournament winner.
Saint Upsets Newton-Conover
This was an old time brawl the way it use to be in years past between these two schools. Saint, which was the underdog coming into the match, would not relent on it's efforts to win this match. It was a was battle to the very end. After everyone's best efforts, the match came down to freshman Salvador Gilvaja to make or break the match for the Tribe. Saint was up by 6 and Salvador had to hold the line for the Tribe. He could not get up a pin and he did not. Salvador lost 9-1, but sealed the match for the Tribe by not giving up a pin.
Pinning tonight for the Tribe were Tyler Laxton, Wanya Rankins, Blake Baker, and Zack Berkey. Dakota Griffith grabbed a major decision.
The match was always just out of reach for both teams as Saint would surge and then Newton-Conover. Eddie Brannock pulled the Tribe even with NC at 25-25 with four weight classes left. Zack Berkey pinned to put the Tribe up 31-25, but Newton was hit with an unsportsmanlike 1 point penalty to make it 31-24. Freshman Ivan Vergel holds off NC with just a decision loss 2-3 making the score 31-27, but somebody on the Saints' bench was hit with a team point for "constructive advice", Saint 30 NC 27
Nolan Foster jumps out to an early major lead, buts gets caught in the third period and fights off a pinning combination for 45 seconds to win his match 12-11. SS 33 NC 27.
It was left up to our freshman Salvador
Gilvaja to stay off his back and against his upper classman opponent. He gave up
4 takedowns and an escape and stayed on bottom for three
l-o-o-o-n-n-n-n-g-g-g-g periods. He never gave up a single nearfall. He lost 9-1. Newton scores 4 points. Saint wins 33-27.
It was a great team effort. Everybody left what they had on the mat. The way it should be.
The Tribe finally had the assistance of a vocal fan base tonight. Several times during the match the Saint faithful would rise up to over shout the NC crowd. It was great and appreciated support from our fans. Keep it going gang.
|St. Stephens 33 Newton-Conover 31|
|182: Riley Walker (NC) p. Tucker Justice 5:49 (SS) 0 (NC) 6|
|195: Tyler Laxton (SS) p. Daquan Reinhart 4:25 (SS) 6 (NC) 6|
|220: Damien Epps (NC) p. Bryson Arrowood 5:29 (SS) 6 (NC) 12|
|285: Wanya Rankins (SS) p. John Dellenger 2:21 (SS) 12 (NC) 12|
|106: Spencer Harris (NC) p. Graham Ormand 4:37 (SS) 12 (NC) 18|
|113: Jayden Kimsay (NC) d. Luke Queen 3-0 (SS) 12 (NC) 21|
|120: Blake Baker (SS) p. Austin Scott 2:45 (SS) 18 (NC) 21|
|126: Dakota Griffith (SS) maj. Logan Spencer 10-1 (SS) 22 (NC) 21|
|132: Chris Payne (NC) maj. Austin Pickard 14-3 (SS) 22 (NC) 25|
|138: Eddie Brannock (SS) d. William Gaither 4-0 (SS) 25 (NC) 25|
|145: Zack Berkey (SS) p. Jacob Holt 2:40 (SS) 31 (NC) 25 minus Team Point (NC) 24|
|152: Jacob Hardy (NC) d. Ivan Vergel 3-2 (SS) 31 minus Team Point (SS) 30 (NC) 27|
|160: Nolan Foster (SS) d. Benjamin Benson 12-11 (SS) 33 (NC) 27|
|170: Josh Walker (NC) maj. Salvador Gilvaja 9-1 (SS) 33 (NC) 31|
Congratulations to Dakota Griffith
Dakota earned his 125th Career Win Milestone
Dakota pinned Tyler Thomas of Maiden at 1:08 for his 125th win on 12-01-2015
Tribe Captures 44th Annual Indian Classic
Custer was not defeated by a couple Native Americans. The Tribe swarmed the 2015 Indian Classic field of 10 teams with 13 weight class placers. They amassed 222.5 points to out wrestle the second place team by 96.5 points. Saint had three Champions, Eddie Brannock 132, Nolan Foster 152, and Tucker Justice 170. Placing 2nd was Graham Ormand, Dakota Griffith, Zack Berkey, Ivan Vergel, Axel Cruz. Placing third was Luke Queen, Blake Baker, and Tyler Laxton. Bryson Arrowood and Wanya Rankins placed 4th.
It was a great team effort to capture the tournament Championship. This group brings a hard work ethic and a balanced attack onto the wrestling mat.
MATTHEW INSOGNA - SOUTH IREDELL
Indian Classic 44th Annual
Plc Points Team
1 222.5 St. Stephens
2 126 East Burke
3 121 West Lincoln
4 112 North Lincoln
5 74 Bunker Hill
6 73 West Iredell
6 73 West Rowan
8 69 North Gaston
9 68 South Iredell
10 62.5 Lincolnton
106: Jacob McMonagle, East Burke FALL Graham Ormand, St. Stephens 1:42
113: Jake Clary, West Lincoln DEC Desmen Jefferies, Lincolnton 9-3
120: Noah Gilbert, East Burke DEC Landon Shuford, West Iredell 6-2
126: Matthew Insogna, South Iredell DEC Dakota Griffith, St. Stephens 4-1
132: Eddie Brannock, St. Stephens MAJOR Darius Boone, North Gaston 11-2
138: Chris Papazis, West Iredell DEC Jordan Ulibarri, North Lincoln 7-3
145: Bernie Briley, Bunker Hill FALL Zack Berkey, St. Stephens 1:39
152: Nolan Foster, St. Stephens FALL Billy Goble, West Lincoln 1:45
160: Sy Hilton, North Lincoln MAJOR Ivan Vergel, St. Stephens 14-0
170: Tucker Justice, St. Stephens FALL Elijah Bradshaw, East Burke 1:07
182: Jake Prestwood, East Burke FALL Tyler Nichols, West Rowan 1:17
195: Lee Poteat, West Rowan FALL Axel Cruz, St. Stephens 2:25
220: Lathan Bumgardner, North Gaston DEC VaShawn Carey, West Iredell 7-0
285: Jimmy Scott, North Lincoln DEC Tyler Putnam, West Lincoln 1-0
106: Ethan Stewart, West Lincoln FALL Dajzay Powell, Lincolnton 2:40
113: Luke Queen, St. Stephens FALL Cody Land, North Lincoln 2:24
120: Blake Baker, St. Stephens DEC Keaton Norman, West Lincoln 6-4
126: Hunter Freeman, East Burke FALL Jacob Nicholson, West Iredell 4:17
132: Corey Knighton, Bunker Hill DEC Jackson Hull, North Lincoln 4-0
138: Kendall Sigmon, West Lincoln FALL Brent Terry, East Burke 2:40
145: Justin Farabaugh, North Lincoln FALL Lane Tolley, South Iredell 0:58
152: Ty Leatherman, North Gaston DEC Scotty Holden, North Lincoln 9-5
160: Adrian Rojas, Lincolnton FALL Dillion Kosofsky, South Iredell 0:48
170: Alex Erazo, West Rowan DEC Garrett Icard, Bunker Hill 4-2
182: Tyler Laxton, St. Stephens DEC Chandler Altbach, Bunker Hill 3-1
195: Ethan Moss, North Gaston DEC Aeroshaun McRavion, Lincolnton 10-6
220: London Page, East Burke FALL Bryson Arrowood, St. Stephens 0:45
285: Cameron Miller, South Iredell FALL Wanya Rankins, St. Stephens 6:10 ot
Saint Wins at Maiden
The Tribe defeated Maiden 55 -21 this evening. The final score does not reflect the toughness from all the wrestlers involved in the individual matches. Every match up was a challenge and some matches were just won by raw determination.
Every year the Maiden program gets tougher under the leadership of Head Coach Sean McGovern. His group was ready and came out aggressive in all the match ups. Several key matches could have gone either way. We tip our hat to the Maiden team and Coach McGovern.
Pinning tonight for the Tribe was Luke Queen, Blake Baker, Dakota Griffith, Austin Pickard, and Ivan Vergel. Nolan Foster scored a 10-2 major decison. Wanya Rankins finished the night with an 8-3 decision.
106: Graham Ormand (SS) forfeit
113: Luke Queen (SS) p. Bay LaBoy 3:28
120: Blake Baker (SS) p. Keaton Silva 3:56
126: Dakota Griffith (SS) p. Tyler Thomas 1:08
132: Schuyler Spurrier (M) d. Eddie Brannock 9-4
138: Joshua Beard (M) forfeit
145: Austin Pickard (SS) p. Ronald Tupicos 4:24
152: Nolan Foster (SS) maj. Eric Rivera 10-2
160: Ivan Vergel (SS) p. Caleb Turner 1:46
170: Tucker Justice (SS) forfeit
182: Will Norket (M) p. Tyler Laxton 3:01
195: Ethan Parsons (M) p. Axel Cruz 1:03
220: Bryson Arrowood (SS) forfeit
285: Wanya Rankins (SS) d. Tristian Childers 8-3
St. Stephens is now 11-3
Saint Places 2nd at the 16th Annual Indian Duals
The Tribe lost a close match with Davie County in the match up of the night for a chance at the championship of the Indian Duals. Saint was leading the score with just two matches remaining, but were not able to maintain the lead. All the match results can be seen on the Indian Duals page. Please go there for all team dual scores.
The best team news of the night was that this year's Tribe is stronger, more balanced, and competitive. Just a few matches with a little better come would have won the match and the overall duals.
Saint Takes Three Wins in Opener
Saint defeated Draughn 57-19,Wilkes Central 54-24, and West Caldwell 44-27.
The season started with an injury depleted Draughn team which had to give up 8 forfeits to the Tribe. Freshman Ivan Vergel won his first varsity match with a 7-2 decision and Jumior Tyler Laxton pinned his opponent at the 2:32 mark of his match.
The second match with Wilkes Central started off with Sophomore Jontae Fant grabbing a 5-1 decision and then followed by a 0:43 pin by Ivan Vergel. Freshman Jordan Bolling followed with a high contest match the clinch a 6-4 decision for his first varsity win. Freshman Salvador Gilvaja pinned in 1:08 for his first varsity win. So the Tribe was in a commanding 18-0 lead when Wilks Central came charging back with 4 straight pins to make the Tribe fall behind 24-18. The young Tribe to their credit did not shrink in the heat of the battle and ripped off 6 straight pins. Freshman Graham Ormand restarted the Tribal Flame with his first varsity win with a pin at 2:58. Sophomore Luke Queen pinned at 3:07. Freshman Blake Baker pinned at 0:57. Senior Dakota Griffith pinned at 1:58. Sophomore Eddie Brannock pinned at 0:53. Senior Austin Pickard finished the match with a pin at 0:45.
The final match of the night was with West Caldwell. It was a closer than the score indicated type of match. The Tribe won 9 of the 14 matches. Ivan Vergel led off the match with a 7-5 decision. Salvador Gilvaja muscled a 5-1 decision. Tyler Laxton pinned at 1:19. Luke Queen won a 4-2 decision. Blake Baker grappled the first techfall of the season with a 21-4 win. Eddie Brannock finished the scoring for the Tribe with a pin at 0:58.
So the Tribe starts off the season with a 3-0 record using a heavy doze of freshmen in the line up and a solid performance from upper classmen to control the wins. A very good night for the Tribe.
Congratulations to Austin Pickard
Austin earned his 25th Career Win Milestone
Austin had a forfeit win against Draughn for his 25th win
He then went to 26 wins with his 0:45 pin against Wilkes Central's Edward Manuel
Wanya "Beef" Rankins Takes 285
Bronze Medal at the 4th Annual Honey Badger
High School Brackets