Knights cruise past Cougars, Rockets
By: Hunter Street
North Henderson Wrestling has always been a force to be reckoned with. Wednesday they began their 2016 campaign at home in a tri-match versus the Cougars of Mountain Heritage (0-2) and the Rockets of A.C. Reynolds (2-1). The Knights (2-0) defeated Heritage, 63-13 in the first match and Reynolds, 58-19 in the second match.
North opened the first match with a Paul Searcy (152) pin, a 9-0 decision from Christian Robles (160) and it was off to the races. Jose Sanchez (170) lost a close 4-3 decision in three periods then Jesus Tomas (182) chalked up a pin and Chago Guerrero (195) won via forfeit. Jacob Allison (285) won by a pin and Connor Wilderman (106) added six points from another forfeit to give the Knights a commanding lead at 33-7. Johnny Siegle (112) then was pinned but that was all for the Rockets. North finished the match on a 30-0 run with four pins from Josh Blatt (120), Josh Feliz (126), Jose Rodriguez (132), Jonathan Dalton (138), and a forfeit win from Will Baldwin (145).
After the 63-13 route of Mountain Heritage, the Knights then faced A.C. Reynolds. To open the second match Nathan King (170) won a 9-1 decision. Guerrero (195) was then pinned in the 2nd period but Tomas (182) made up for it with a pin of his own after being down 7-3. North forfeited the 220 weight class and Reynolds took a 12-10 lead. From then on it was all Knights with Allison (285) pinning his opponent with .2 seconds left in the second period. Kyle Randall (106) accepted a forfeit, Juan Ponce (113) and Blatt (120) recorded pins in the opening periods to put the Knights up 34-12. Feliz (126) lost a 6-2 decision to get the Rockets some hope but they didn’t score until the final weight class. Rodriguez (132), Morgan King (138), Baldwin (145), and Searcy (152) all recorded pins to put Reynolds out contention. Robles (160) finished the match losing a 9-4 decision that lasted all three periods and the Knights defeated the Rockets 58-18.
“It’s good for our team because they see that we’ve still got work to do. I’m looking at it as a chance for us to grow,” said Head Coach Heang Uy on getting the first two wins of the season. “The future is as high as they want it to be, so we’re going to keep pushing them and I think we can do great things.”
North Henderson will travel to South Caldwell on Saturday, November 19th to compete in the Spartan Invitational. Matches begin at 9:00 AM.