Pair of Spartans earn wins, but KVA falls to Cary Academy

Dec. 05, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

Two Kerr-Vance wrestlers earned wins Thursday as the four-man Spartans lost 60-12 to Cary Academy.

Jared Hicks and Jacob Goswick each earned pins for KVA, which has two more competitions left before the end of the semester. The Spartans head to a Rocky Mount High School tournament Saturday before an event at Wakefield High School next weekend.

“We’re wrestling good,” said KVA head coach Charlie Carroll. “We’re getting a good feel for the wrestling. But we’re still doing young things that are holding us back. We’re keeping some matches closer than they need to be or losing matches that we shouldn’t have lost. But everything is coming along good.”

Hicks improved to 10-2 on the season with a third-period pin of Cary Academy’s Julian Sodano in their 132-pound match. Hicks secured the pin 5:27 into the bout.

“He stuck his head over too far and I just reached up and grabbed his head,” said Hicks, a freshman, “and just rolled him over and had him on his back. It’s pretty hard to get out of that.”

Hicks finished third in the 2013 N.C. Independent School Athletic Association Tournament as an eighth-grader. He went ahead for good in the match with Sodano after scoring a three-point near fall in the second period.

“He has to be the top dog as far as the team goes,” Carroll said of Hicks. “I’ve got to get him doing things the right way because the other guys see him doing things that work for him because he’s got a better feel for wrestling — even though he shouldn’t be doing them — they still work once in a while. And when they try it, it just doesn’t work. So we’re working on it.”

Goswick got two points for a takedown in his 145-pound match against Osamah Atieh before getting the pin 1:13 in.

Goswick also earned a win in a scrimmage following the official match.

“It was a good match for him,” said Carroll. “Wrestling the scrimmage was a good match too. That guy was flexible and didn’t want to get pinned. You had to keep on working, working, working. So it was nice to get the two matches in instead of just one.”

Ben Johnson and James Averette also wrestled for KVA. Johnson was pinned 30 seconds into his 126-pound contest and Averette was pinned 1:05 into his 160-pound match. Averette later lost by decision in an exhibition.

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