Red Rams take annual Raider Duals
Northern Vance’s Johnathan Norton collected his 100th career win Saturday at Southern Vance’s Raider Duals, but shorthanded Northern was 0-5 as a team, finishing behind Franklinton (5-0), Durham Riverside (4-1), J.F. Webb (3-2), Southern (2-3), and Louisburg (1-4).
Norton got win No. 100 in the Vikings’ final dual against crosstown rival Southern.
The Vikings were within 15 points in each loss despite having five open weight classes.
“That’s 30 points right there we were giving up right from the get-go,” said Northern coach Mike Zovistoski. “But our team did not get discouraged and they wrestled tough and closed that gap significantly.”
Southern won the dual against Northern in what Raider coach Jameil Floyd said was one of the more intense matches of the day.
“With the crowd that we had and the crowd that they had, that was probably the loudest part of the tournament,” said Floyd.
Josh Boyd clinched the team win for Southern with a pin of Axel De la torre in the last matchup.
Kavoris Perry and Moses Richardson also had wins by pin for the Raiders against the Vikings.
Northern’s Justin Care won 10-7 over Will Kittrel and Travis Heath secured a pin of Damonte Blash 3:59 into their 120-pound match.
“I was very pleased with our (overall) performance,” Floyd said. “It gives us a lot of hope for the rest of the season.”
Floyd said Richardson, a 126-pounder, and Gregory, the top-ranked 3-A wrestler at 195, are on the right track toward winning state titles. Richardson has one loss on the season and Gregory has two, both by injury default.
The Raiders and Warriors had only three contested matches in their match, won 45-36 by Webb.
Blash defeated Salvador Velazquez at 120, Richardson pinned Christian Speed and Webb’s Zach Harris defeated Boyd by an 8-2 decision at 132.
Floyd added that Franklinton looked good and had a huge advantage based on filling most weight classes.
Harris also had a pin for Webb against Northern. The Warriors’ other contested win came from a John Bennett 10-3 decision win over James Marshall at 285.
The Vikings had three contested wins over the Warriors. Northern’s Jacob Orr pinned Speed at 126 pounds (44 seconds in), Norton pinned Webb’s Justin Perry 56 seconds in and Northern’s Heath pinned Velazquez in three minutes.
Northern and Webb are scheduled to return to action in January while Southern travels to North Pitt for a tournament on Thursday.