Vikings go 2-0 in KVA tri-meet
Northern Vance defeated both Kerr-Vance and Wesleyan Christian Academy of High Point at the Spartans’ tri-meet Thursday. The Vikings topped Wesleyan 51-30 before a 57-12 win over KVA.
The Spartans also had a 48-15 loss to Wesleyan.
“We have a tough little team,” said Northern coach Mike Zovistoski. “Our biggest (team) flaw is the empty weight classes.”
The Northern-KVA match started with Travis Heath picking up a win by technical fall for the Vikings in the 120-pound class. Heath, a NCHSAA 3-A state qualifier a season ago, was up double-digit points on Spartan eighth grader Jared Hicks when he got the win in the second period.
“Yeah he had technical fall, but the goal of the sport is to pin somebody. And he didn’t get pinned,” said KVA coach Rick Frampton. “I told him to be proud of that. That’s not what he wants. He wants to win and that’s even better.”
Zovistoski said he was pleased with Danny Whittacre’s win over KVA’s James Averette at 152. Whittacre earned a pin 1:02 into the match.
Northern’s Colby Hobgood also had a contested win against the Spartans, defeating Caleb Weiss by major decision at 113.
Up 2-0, KVA’s Juan Lopez pinned Northern’s Damonte Uzzell 1:16 into their match at 160.
“He needed that,” Frampton said of Lopez. “He’s been working really hard. I’m glad that the hard work paid off.”
Jamal Kearney, Justin Care, Preston Ellis, and James Marshall each earned contested wins for Northern against Wesleyan.
Kearney began his match at 138 with Carter Dickson with a big takedown before pinning the Wesleyan opponent 48 seconds in.
Care defeated Chase Hollifield by minor decision in the 195 bout.
“Very tough kid,” Zovistoski said of Care. “Justin wrestled his match. He was very prepared for it.”
Ellis pinned his 220 opponent 47 seconds in to put Northern ahead 39-30 and in the 285 contest, Marshall pinned Spencer Kearns 1:02 in.
Zovistoski said the Vikings need to work on their set-ups before shots.
“We don’t want to just dive in there and roll over, which is something that we’ve seen,” he said.
KVA’s match against Wesleyan was highlighted by James Averette’s decision win at 152. Averette trailed the entire match before a late third period reversal, earning nearfall points that got him back in the match. Averette put his opponent on his back, held him there until the buzzer and squeaked out the win.
Daniel Currin has been KVA’s most consistent wrestler this season. Currin lost by major decision to Sam Pruitt of Wesleyan.
“He needs that because he needs to wrestle good, hard competition,” Frampton said.
Currin and the Spartans will get more of that competition in today’s Wolverine Challenge at Wakefield High School.
KVA wrestled with five on Thursday. Frampton hopes to be back at eight after Christmas.
Northern is scheduled to visit Nash Central on Wednesday.
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