BOONVILLE - Just moments after a touching tribute to fallen former wrestler Austin Macemore, the Rams hit the mat in an emotional dual with cross-town rival Elkin.
Behind the “biggest crowd at Starmount High School,” the Rams dominated from the opening match, cruising to a 52-12 victory over their cross-town rivals.
Starmount picked up 11 wins in 13 matches, including four pins, to notch the win.
“I thought the match went well,” Starmount head coach David Oliver said. “I think our kids wrestled hard. We had momentum on our side and our seniors were pumped up, it was just a lot for Elkin to overcome. They were able to wrestle well, and that was pleasing to see.”
Devin Alspaugh set the stage for the night in the first match at 195 pounds, pinning Walker Longworth in the second period to give the Rams an early 6-0 advantage.
Garrett Stokes and John Wooten followed that up with two wins.
Elkin finally got on the board at 120 pounds when Said Javier recorded a pin in the third round, cutting the lead to 18-6.
After a forfeit at 126, the Rams won the next three matches, including a pin by Cody Leonard at 132.
Zane Millsaps picked up Elkin’s second fall of the dual, pinning Austin McGee in the third round.
But it was too little too late as Starmount won the final three matches, two of which came by pins, to coast to the 52-12 victory.
“I think the tribute carried over to the match,” Oliver said. “I think we had a little momentum going in. It had to be hard for Elkin to sit through that, but it was great sportsmanship.”
Starmount improved to 16-19 on the season, including a 5-3 mark in Mountain Valley Conference play. Elkin fell to 8-15 with the loss.
Both teams return to the mat tonight, with the Rams taking on Wilkes Central and the Elks squaring off with East Wilkes.
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