Pack wrestlers battle Vikings again

Published 3:15 pm Friday, November 24, 2023

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

4A wrestling powerhouse D.H. Conley High School has been a part of Washington’s first three meets after the teams locked horns in a pre-season scrimmage.

Washington won the opening match at home two weeks ago, then Conley claimed a victory by a point and half in a tournament last week. The host Vikings came out on top again 42-36 in Wednesday’s championship match of the Milt Sherman Duals.

“I would wrestle them every week if I could,” Washington coach Chris Penhollow said. “They are strong every year and the tough competition helps us prepare for our team and individual state tournaments. Our guys get better by wrestling tough opponents and they have an outstanding program.”

The Pam Pack defeated Edenton Holmes, 64-15, West Carteret 43-28, C.B. Aycock 51-30 and Tarboro 72-12, to reach Wednesday’s final match.

“It could have gone either way, but Conley came up with some pins, while we had decisions, which made the difference,” Penhollow said. “Wrestling five matches without a break is hard to pull off, but our guy competed well and continue to improve.

113 lb. freshman Bryce Perry was among several WHS wrestlers to go undefeated on the day. Price won his matches on the mat against Holmes and W. Carteret, while claiming forfeit victories in the other three.

“He and Bryant Smith are still undefeated this season and neither had let their opponent score a point before Wednesday,” Penhollow said. “Their streaks ended, but both have wrestled extremely well so far.”

Other multiple winners on the day included Sam Boltes (106), Tucker Massie (120), J.B. Norman (126), Brennan Warren (132), David B-Meza (138) Tate Tucker (144), Gabe Forman (150), Evan Makepeace (157), Trenton Baldree (190), TraQuan Haywood (175) and Tr’reion Hyman (215).

“All of them are working hard and responding well,” Penhollow said. “We were able to work in some of our less experienced guys Wednesday, as well so we are in a great spot right now.”

Washington hosts Northside, Goldsboro and Northeastern for a quad match Wednesday.