Warriors reign in conference duals

Published 10:58 pm Wednesday, February 4, 2015

All six wrestling teams of the Ironclad Conference took turns facing each other on the mat last weekend at Phoebus High School, and Nansemond River High School went 5-0.

The Warriors’ most lopsided win came against Heritage High School, which they pounded 82-0, and one of the narrower wins came against Phoebus High School, with a 44-36 score.

The match against the Phantoms featured one of the biggest highlights for Nansemond River on the night.

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“Hunter Hill got his 100th win of his career,” Warriors coach Tripp Seed said. “He pinned the kid in 13 seconds.”

The coach noted the positive result followed the positive example Hill sets regularly.

“He’s the kind of kid we want our kids to model themselves after,” Seed said. Though Hill is not very vocal, “he leads by example when he practices and wrestles.”

Hill went 5-0 individually on Saturday, and Seed expects him to qualify for the state tournament this season.

Hill, a senior, is planning to wrestle at Liberty University next year.

Other Nansemond River wrestlers to go 5-0 through the weekend included junior 113-pounder Malcolm Dawson, senior 120-pounder James Boone, junior 152-pounder Malik Neely and sophomore heavyweight Dia Gray.

Four of Gray’s wins were due to forfeit, as opposing teams did not have wrestlers to take him on.

Senior 145-pounder Jacob Clark also wrestled well on the day, but was disqualified against Phoebus when he was called for an illegal slam.

“That was a fluke,” Seed said.

Seed said he does not expect the score to be as close against the Phantoms if the Warriors wrestle them again.

Also performing strongly at the Ironclad Conference Duals for Nansemond River were junior 182-pounder Larry Goodman and junior 195-pounder Keoni Broad, who each went 4-1.

Nansemond River (18-12) will return to Phoebus High School on Saturday, along with the other five conference schools for individual competition, the follow-up to last Saturday’s team competition.

Wrestlers placing among the top four in each weight class will advance to the regional tournament.

Last year, NR had a regional representative in every weight class and 10 conference champions.

“Our goal is to beat that,” Seed said.