P.S. Jones wrestling improves to 6-0

Published 3:54 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019

The P.S. Jones wrestling team has been a demonic force to begin their 2019-2020 season, starting 6-0 after defeating six Pitt County middle schools.

The Demons defeated A.G. Cox on Tuesday night, 60-33, to extend its six-match win streak.

The wrestler with the highest amount of points after a single match earns three to six points for their team, depending on how much they win by during the match.

A takedown is two points, a reversal is two points, and if a wrestler can slip out of an opponents grasp from the ground and regain their footing, it earns one point.

Winning a singular match by more than seven points results in four team points, while winning by 10 or more earns the team six points. Winning by less than seven, earns three team points.

Prior to Wednesday night, P.S. Jones defeated Whitfield twice, North Pitt twice, and N.C. Prep School.

After some early victories, the Demons coasted the rest of the way through. Head coach John Cutler was pleased with the way his team has started the season.

“Last year, we finished second in the league. I think they learned a lot from last year and they’re feeding off of that. They work hard in practice and they’ve all bought into wrestling,” Cutler said. “We try to be a feeder program for the high school and we like to think we have a part in some of their success.”

Eighth grader Bryant Smith said he was excited about winning his 126-pound weight class match on Wednesday evening.

“I believe (I won) because my technique was just better. I wrestled last year and I think that gave me an advantage,” Smith said. “My goal for this year is to win the conference championship.”

VICTORY: P.S. Jones’ Dashawn Smith pins his A.G. Cox opponent on the mat during the Demons’ 60-33 victory Wednesday evening. (Mitchell Thomas / Daily News)

Lane Brown, Asher Ragland, Caden Nixon, Spencer Davenport, Wyatt Campbell, Matthew Grady, Dashawn Smith, Kahlil Rogers and Bryant Smith all won by pin on Wednesday evening.

The Demons will now get a nice, long three-week rest before hitting the mats again on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at home against G.R. Whitfield.