Pam Pack’s team wrestling season ends abruptly, Northside also eliminated

Published 2:58 pm Monday, January 30, 2023

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Everything was lined up for the Washington High School wrestling team to advance to Wednesday’s 2A state dual team tournament third round.

However, nobody told West Craven.

The Eagles pulled off a stunning 45-36 upset and will face third-seeded Southwest Onslow in the third round.

Washington entered the four-team first round pod as the third seed in the East and rolled over Bartlett Yancey, 60-24, in the first round, while the 11th-seede Eagles needed a last match win to subdue sixth-seeded Heide Trask, 39-33 to face their conference rivals for the third time this season.

The homestanding Pack had over an hour to kill after their 25 minute domination of Bartlett Yancey, while the Eagles brought the momentum from their win into the deciding match.

“I think we were ready, but they were fired up that their season wasn’t over and to get another crack at us,” Washington coach Chris Penhollow. “I thought we started okay, but we couldn’t finish some matches where we were in control and they turned the tables and got us.”

David Meza (132 lb.), Bryant Smith (160), Trenton Baldree (195), Christian Price (106), Sawyer Vosburgh (113) and Braxton Woolard (120) won their matches, but it wasn’t enough to keep the team season alive.

“It’s very disappointing because I thought we were in position to do great things,” Penhollow said. “We had guys on their backs, but they didn’t give up and we just couldn’t finish. Hats off to West Craven, because they obviously competed hard and all the way to the end.”

While Washington’s team wrestling season is over, the individual regional and state tournaments are coming up in two weeks.

Meanwhile, 14tth seeded Northside lost at #6 Thomasville, 58-13, Saturday afternoon in the 1A tournaments first round. It was the Panthers second state tournament appearance in the three year history of the program.

Javion O’Neal won his 195 lb. match by major decision, while Nick Roberts won by decision at 220.