In an early season quad match at N.H. Carpenter Gymnasium, eight Buckin’ Elk wrestlers won two of three dual matches despite giving up as much as 36 team points due to forfeits. To accomplish this feat, the Elkin eight had to win matches and win big and for the most part they rose to this challenge.
Elkin opened the evening with a 37-36 criteria win over North Stokes. Following a 33-48 loss to East Surry, Elkin responded with a 36-27 win over Atkins.
Elk wrestlers took part in 21 actual individual matches during the course of the quad meet. They won 16 of these contests all pin means of pin fall, technical fall and major decision. The bonus points that come with such decisions enabled Elkin to at least stay close in all of the dual matches.
In the North Stokes contest, Ryan Patterson, Mikey Grubb, Ethan Chipman and Jerry Neese pinned their Viking opponents while Marcus Orta and Jude Lloyd claimed victory by means of forfeit. Paden Lungrin’s pin of Crecensio Santos in the 285 pound bout, coupled with the five forfeits that Elkin surrendered, tied the team score at 36.
The outcome of this event was settled by tie-breaker criteria. Elkin was awarded one additional team point due to most first points scored in the individual matches and thus claimed a 37 to 36 victory.
East Surry’s ability to fill all 14 weight classes left little margin of error for the eight Elks. Patterson, Grubb, Neese and C.J. Henderson pinned their Cardinal foes, while Jude Lloyd (technical fall) and Ethan Chipman (major decision) also produced bonus points.
Thirty-three points, however, would not be enough. Trenton Tarn’s and Kaleb Tilley’s pins of Marcus Orta and Brian Cruz added to the six forfeits that the Elks surrendered, allowed the Cardinals 48 team points to secure the victory.
Patterson, Lloyd, Grubb, Chipman, Neese and Henderson all delivered pin falls against their Atkins opponents to build an insurmountable 36-21 lead at the conclusion of the 285 pound contest. Atkins claimed one more forfeit victory in the 113-pound bout to produce the 36-27 victory margin for the Elks.