Washington’s senior wrestlers excel on Senior Night

Published 5:27 pm Monday, January 20, 2020

The Washington wrestling teams’ seniors put on a near-perfect performance on Friday night in the Washington High School gymnasium. The Pam Pack won all three of its matchups over Greene Central, South Lenoir and West Craven.

Senior wrestlers Stephen Hartley, Christian Whitney, Sherrfield Smith, Brodie Moore and Mykell Warren went a combined 13-1 on the mats.

SUCCESSFUL SENIORS: Washington’s senior wrestlers (left to right) Stephen Hartley, Christian Whitney, Sherrfield Smith, Brodie Moore and Mykell Warren went a combined 14-1 on the mats last Friday night on Senior Night. (Mitchell Thomas / Daily News)

Warren has a career record of 45-21, with a total of 35 pins. Moore has compiled 163 wins, which is 11 wins short of the school record. Whitney is 32-12 in his career with 25 pins, according to trackwrestling.com

In Washington’s first bout of the night against South Lenoir, the Pam Pack won handily 69-12. Davion Coward, Adam Bonner, Hayden Anderson, Walt Gerard, Isaac Campbell, Tristen Nixon and Koby Monday along with all the seniors won their matches against the Devils.

Smith made quite the impression, coming out and taking down his South Lenoir opponent, finishing him with a pin in just 11 seconds. That turned out to be the quickest pin of any match on the evening. Smith said that this year is his first season as a wrestler, and has already compiled 16 wins on the year.

The Pam Pack went on to take down West Craven Eagles 56-21, and the Greene Central Rams 69-12.

With one match left before the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament, the Pam Pack’s record improves to 22-6 on the season with an unscathed 13-0 record within the conference.

Senior wrestler Hartley spoke on his matches on Senior Night and the work that he and his team need to do before the postseason arrives.

“Tonight it was just about being faster and overpowering, I wasn’t trying to be mean I just wanted to get in, get the win and get out,” Hartley said after his win over a South Lenoir opponent. “It feels great to come out here and wrestle because we don’t get many home matches, but I’m going to miss it a lot. As a team I think we need to take practice more seriously, especially with the playoffs coming up. We need to have our guys show up all the time and keep working at what we’re good at.”

Washington is easily atop the conference as it stands, but need to close out the regular season with a win to secure a home-mat advantage in the first two playoff rounds. The Pam Pack will travel to West Craven on Thursday evening to wrestle in the last regular season match prior to the 2-A ECC tournament on Saturday.