MILLERS CREEK — Last season Elkin and West Wilkes were in a fierce competition for the wrestling conference championship when the two teams faced off in January. Tuesday night in Miller’s Creek was a totally different story as the Hawks pounded the Elks 64-12.
Numbers certainly influenced the outcome of this event. West weighed 21 young men and fielded a representative in all 14 weight classes. The Buckin’ Elks weighed eight wrestlers, and competed in six weight classes while surrendering eight forfeits.
West collected 48 of its 64 team points by virtue of forfeit. This made a team victory for Elkin mathematically impossible.
In the six contested matches, the Elks and Blackhawks each won three. Unlike earlier matches from this season, Elkin was not as efficient at picking up bonus points to bolster its team score.
Dylan Ball got things rolling for the Blackhawks in the 138-pound bout with Elkin’s Ryan Patterson. After a take down and a reversal, both grapplers came to their feet attempting to secure a body lock. Ball out-dueled Patterson in this maneuver and pinned him at 1:46 in the first period.
Jude Lloyd attempted to reclaim momentum in his match against Dennis Edwards of the Hawks. Lloyd built an 8-0 lead before pinning Edwards at 1:51 in the opening period.
Robert Heater scored the first take down against Elkin’s Ethan Chipman in the 152-pound match, but that was all he had for the undefeated Elk. Chipman then rattled off seven unanswered points to secure victory.
Jerry Neese and West’s Luke Minton battled in a low scoring 170-pound contest. Neese built a 5-0 lead through two periods. Minton chose top in the third period and Neese was unable to free himself from Minton’s control although he did claim a 5-1 victory.
Zach Tilley and Dallas Rash battled in the 220 bout. When Rash was unable to turn Tilley, he responded by taking the Elk down and letting him up. This enabled Rash to secure victory by a 13-3 major decision.
C.J. Henderson and Jake Shepherd ended the evening with the 285 match. Both competitors pummeled through a series of upper body tie-ups until Shepherd managed to secure a head and arm lock to defeat the young Elk.
Elkin will travel to Statesville Saturday for an individual tournament.