Vikings pin down their place in the CFVC
Union Pines, the defending wrestling champ of the Cape Fear Valley Conference, showed conference newcomer Lee County what the Yellow Jackets has to shoot for in the new league Wednesday night inside Lee County's old Packard Gym. The Vikings (6-2, 3-0) won the first eight weight classes and tallied eight pins in all during a 59-12 victory over the Jackets (3-2, 1-1).
Lee County won its first-ever CFVC match last week at Douglas Byrd and is trying to build off a fine season last year. The Yellow Jackets had a 16-7 dual record and 11 Jackets, although most of those 11 graduated, went to the 4A regional individual championship.
The Vikings are working to build on reaching the second round of the 3A dual team state tournament and are already midway to another undefeated conference campaign.
At 106 pounds to begin the night, Daniel Hull traded takedowns for escapes against Lee County's Zachary Thomas until getting a pin 0:21 into the second period.
In the next match, Yair Avila was aggressive early on against Viking senior Mike Fedowitz. A toss for a takedown by Avila injured Fedowitz but shortly after a short timeout, with 0:19 left in the first period, Fedowitz was too strong and worked his way to a pin. Mike Fedowitz went to 13-0 on the season.
His younger brother, Reagan Fedowitz, pinned Louis Payares in the second period. Senior Paul Ambrose scored 20 points in the first period and won via technical fall, 22-6, against Carson Blackburn.
Samuel Bartram pinned Karson Cole 1:49 into the 132-pound match and at 138, Lorenzo McLean made Viking senior Paul Duncan work, leading for part of the first period before Duncan won with a pin with 1:14 left in the second period, taking Union Pines to a 35-0 lead.
At 145, Lee County's Dalton Messer led 6-4 through one period and held the edge until a two-point near fall by Parker Holcomb just before the second-period horn. Neither wrestler scored until Holcomb finally fought his way to an escape with less than five seconds left in the final period for a 7-6 win.
At 152, senior Ethan Coker took a 4-0 lead in the second period over Samuel Randall, then went on to win 8-2.
William Shoop, at 160 pounds, gave the Yellow Jackets their first win. He led Connor Van Cleave 4-2 after a period and 6-2 after two periods. Starting down in the third period, Shoop scored five points in a blink with a reversal and near fall, and went on to win 11-4.
Lee County's Maurice McGilvery battled for a 4-3 lead through two periods against Grant Jefferson only for the Viking to earn the advantage all the way in the third period until Jefferson pinned McGilvery with 0:52 remaining.
The Jackets took the next two bouts. Brandon Prevatte led 8-2 during the second period. Garrett Jefferson fought back to 8-6 at the end of the second, then 8-7 with an escape starting the third. Urged by a large Viking section, Jefferson attacked and Prevatte held him off for the one-point win.
At 195, Aaron Coley was the highlight of the Jacket night. Chris Kelly led 5-0 less than 0:30 into the match before Coley turned everything around. Coley nearly put Kelly to the mat once, then after a restart, took the advantage again and got the pin with 0:02 left in the first period.
The Vikings finished with victories at 220 and 285 pounds. Justin Hall pinned Eric Dotson 0:57 into the first and Caleb Edwards pinned David Purcell 1:28 into the first.