WEST JEFFERSON — Individual wrestling tournaments, like dual matches, are scored based upon several variables related to advancement through the bracket and bonus points accrued for individual match victories. Byes are empty slots in the bracket for each individual weight class.
At Friday morning’s seeding meeting, Elkin had the misfortune of drawing eight opening-round byes while West Wilkes only drew five. Elkin, therefore, had three fewer opportunities to score bonus points in the opening round.
In a tournament in which the Elks had eight wrestlers in the finals, one could certainly argue that some of these young men would probably have scored some bonus points in the opening round had they been afforded the opportunity. This being said, West Wilkes edged Elkin 180.5 to 168 to claim the team title for the individual tournament.
West claimed three gold medals, two silvers, three bronzes and had three wrestlers to finish in fourth place in their respective weight classes. Elkin had three golds, five silvers, two bronzes and one wrestler to finish fourth in his weight class.
Jude Lloyd became the Elks’ first champion of the day at 132 pounds. He pinned Chris Tobias of the Blackhawks and Wilkes Central’s Jack Privette to reach the finals, where he defeated Ashe County’s Brady Buchanan 3-0.
Blake Frye secured the second title of the tournament for Elkin at 152 pounds. He amassed a 10-0 major decision over East Wilkes’ Luis Aquino in the semifinals and pinned Alleghany’s Dustin Rector in the finals.
Juan Anaurio earned the final crown of the day for the Buckin’ Elks at 170 pounds. He wrestled to two major decisions over Alleghany’s Kody Blevins and Wilkes Central’s Ethan Adams to land his top spot.
The Elks’ Tyjae Townsend at 113, Ryan Patterson at 120, Mikey Grubb at 126, Jerry Neese at 182 and Justin Redd at 220 all finished second in their weight classes. Luke Anderson at 138 and Ethan Chipman at 145 placed third, while Zach Tilley at 195 claimed fourth place.
North Wilkes finished fifth with 77 team points. The Vikings claimed one gold, one silver, one bronze and one fourth place finish.
Marcus Vickers of the Vikings defeated Ashe County’s Zach Bare 6-2 at 195 pounds to secure North’s lone title. Chris Combs finished second at 138, Obed Alvarez and Elijah Winters placed third at 132 and 152, and Tiger Cortez was fourth at 182.
East Wilkes landed in sixth place with 71 team points. Josh Parker avenged a dual match loss to Elkin’s Mikey Grubb to secure the 126 title while Adam Moore pinned North’s Chris Combs to win the 138 class.
Two Cardinal grapplers claimed fourth place spots. Dakota Parks at 145 and Malichi Combs at 285 both reached the consolation finals.
Starmount fell to eighth place with 28 team points. Caleb Money at 285 and Devin Wood at 113 both took third while Nik Pardue landed in fourth place at 132.