Warriors earn wrestling title

Published 10:08 pm Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nansemond River’s Nick Garland works against King’s Fork’s Aaron Hommell during Southeastern District duals at King’s Fork Wednesday evening. Garland won both of his 112-pound matches against his Lakeland and KF opponents. The Warriors (17-8, 4-5) beat Lakeland 58-22 and KF 48-27.

Nansemond River won Suffolk’s wrestling crown Wednesday night as all three Suffolk schools went head-to-head at King’s Fork.

The Warriors opened the night beating Lakeland 58-22. The Warriors won all six matches, with two coming via forfeit, from 152 pounds and higher. Tyrone Wilson (189 pounds), Fred Nixon (215) and Parker Bowden (285) scored first-period pins to cap the Warrior victory.

The Warriors followed by beating their other city rival with a 48-27 result over the Bulldogs. King’s Fork finished the tripleheader with a 41-32 win over Lakeland.

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“It’s good for the kids, but we still have a long way to go. We were missing three guys out of our lineup and we’re still so young. It’s just taking some time,” said Nansemond River head coach Tripp Seed.

The Warriors finish the regular season in the district 4-5 and are 17-8 overall with one more dual meet, a four-team meet, at Northampton Saturday.

“I didn’t think we’d get this many wins this season,” Seed said. “If we can get all three this weekend, we’ll finish with 20 wins again. We had 22 wins last year.”

On Wednesday, Seed had 11 freshmen and sophomores in his 14-man lineup.

In the NR vs. Lakeland contest, Lakeland’s Chase Rice won 14-1 at 130 pounds and at 135, Colin Rice was ahead of NR’s Demetrius Ortiz 5-0 as the second period ticked down before scoring a pin a split-second before the buzzer. The Rices’ wins made it 18-16 Warriors.

At 140 pounds, Trenton O’Neill won with a pin midway through the second period for the Warriors. Lakeland’s Lance Smith earned a pin 0:43 into his 145-pound match.

The Warriors won out from there through the bigger weight classes, including the trio of fast pins to end the dual. Bowden scored his pin in 0:41 to be the fastest of the three.

NR stayed on the mat to face King’s Fork. Starting at 112, Nick Garland won for the second time on the night, with a pin 0:53 into the second period.

“He’s having a really good year,” Seed said. “He’s a little small. He should actually be wrestling at 103 right now but can’t because of the new weight controls.

“He’s scrappy. He’s one of our freshman and he’s part of the future for us,” Seed said.

Brandon Harrison, at 119, followed with his second win, both coming by pins, for a 12-0 Warrior lead.

The Bulldogs won five of the 11 contested matches but two King’s Fork forfeits and a double forfeit pushed the team score well into the Warrior column.

Kristian Allen’s first-round pin win at 135 pounds gave KF a 15-12 lead. Andre Young did the same at 145 pounds to move KF ahead 21-18 and Matthew Hommell, at 160, pinned his Warrior opponent in 1:42 to make it 27-24 KF.

At 171, NR’s Latrell Whitehead and KF’s Dameon Rhoades were in a high-scoring match until Whitehead won with a pin with 0:15 left in the second period. NR claimed a 30-27 lead and with forfeits at 189 and heavyweight the Warriors led for good.

In the finale, Lakeland won four of the seven contested bouts but five Cavalier forfeits gave the match to the Bulldogs.

Charles Willis won his 119-pound match with a pin 0:49 into the first period. Anthony Palmer, at 140, won via pin 0:28 into the second period and Ethan Banks, at 215, led his bout 11-0 before gaining a pin in the third period.

Chase and Colin Rice and Lance Smith completed 2-0 records for Lakeland.

Lakeland visits Smithfield for a dual Friday evening. King’s Fork travels to Richmond for the Tiger Invitational at J.R. Tucker High Saturday.

All the Southeastern District squads are building toward the district championships Feb. 5-6 at Grassfield.