Holly Springs spoils Yellow Jacket home finale
College sports teams get a little leeway to schedule a homecoming or senior day date around the toughest opponents on their slate if they choose.
Prep squads usually don’t get the same luxury. Lee County’s wrestling team certainly didn’t get to pick a special Senior Night guest as the Yellow Jackets had their last home dual of the regular season against Holly Springs (29-3, 7-1) and Holly Springs left with a 70-3 win Wednesday night.
Despite a tough night against Holly Springs, the Yellow Jackets (16-7, 3-5) finish the regular season with a fine overall record, one good enough that head coach Harry Stryffeler is holding out hope his Jackets will get a berth into the NCHSAA 4A State Dual Team Tournament.
The Jackets will learn their fate during the weekend, along with competing for the Tri-Nine Championships at Panther Creek on Saturday.
On Wednesday in Packard Gym, Elijah West, at 195 pounds, was the only Yellow Jacket to get a victory. West was tied, 2-2, with Shane Newman through two periods before a long, tiring fight paid off with a reversal by West, and a 4-2 edge, with 0:27 left in the last period.
The 182-pound match was Lee County’s next-best chance for a win on the night. Lee County’s Brandon Prevatte fought through a bloody nose from early in the first period on and had a 3-2 lead in the third period before Cole Reinemund tied the score, 3-3, then won with a takedown in the overtime period.
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The season will continue on for some individual Jacket wrestlers into regionals on Feb. 22-23 and potentially on to the Individual State Championships the following week.
Daquan Holt, a senior in the 138-pound class, has the top individual record for the Jackets at 21-9. Prevatte is 18-10. West is 13-7. Kyle Flood, at 132 pounds, is 15-11. Karson Cole is 14-12 at 120 pounds and Carson Blackburn is 14-14 at 113 pounds.
The Jackets are looking at one other creative way to extend their wrestling campaign. Depending some on the draw for the dual team tournament, Stryffeler said, Lee County’s trying to find a date for a night of duals tacked on to the schedule, most specifically involving Southern Lee as the Jackets and Cavs, who will be conference rivals come next school year and wrestling season, haven’t met in the regular season.
Holly Springs 70, Lee County 3
106 - Aaron Redus (H) p. Zachary Thomas 1:06, 113 - Jacob Salzer (H) p. Alfred Mora 1:13, 120 - Joseph Meyers (H) md. Karson Cole 19-9, 126 - Myles Jones (H) p. Taylor Law 0:30, 132 - Charlie Clark (H) p. Kyle Flood 2:58, 138 - Javon Johnson (H) tf. Daquan Holt, 145 - Daniel Richardson (H) p. Jesse Moore 0:46, 152 - Joel Hoffert (H) p. John Nguyen 1:00, 160 - Travian Cooke (H) md. William Shoop 11-2, 170 - Austin Galati (H) p. Maurice McGilvery 0:43, 182 - Cole Reinemund d. Brandon Prevatte 5-3, 195 - Elijah West (L) d. Shane Newman 4-2, 285 - Cullen Cooper (H) p. Ethan Lucas 1:11, 220 - ff. to H