The Greenbrier High School and Grovetown wrestling teams squared off Tuesday night for the third time this season with the same result.
In a quad match with Glenn Hills and Westside, Grovetown and Greenbrier were neck-and-neck with each other for most of the match, with Grovetown pulling out the 45-36 win.
Both teams lost to Glenn Hills, which ran its record to 6-0 for the year, and both beat a depleted Westside group that traveled with just five wrestlers, with the rest staying behind to study for finals.
“It’s always good to get a win against a rival, but I don’t know if we wrestled as well as we could have,” said Grovetown coach Nathan White, whose Warriors improved to 17-5.
Starting the night at the 132-pound weight class, Greenbrier’s Caleb Diprete and Grovetown’s Asa DeBuck were tied at 2 heading into the third period before Diprete pinned DeBuck at 4:43.
In the first period, the Warriors’ 138-pound Wayford McDermott trailed 2-0, but reversed on Jacob Welsh and pinned him at 1:34 to even the match at 6.
At 145, Greenbrier’s Alexander Torres controlled the match for most of the way before pinning Ryan Wheeler at 5:20.
Grovetown’s Chris Pyle quickly evened the score once more, pinning Trace Duncan at 1:11.
Pyle exemplified the effort that first-year coaches White and Jeremy Davis are looking for.
“(Chris) Pyle has made a commitment to the technique we’re learning this year,” said White. “We’re seeing it pay off in matches and he’s a good example of how you can wrestle if you buy into the system and the technique that’s taught and I think he’s doing a good job of that right now.”
At 160 pounds, Robert Maldonado gave the Warriors their first lead with a 13-7 decision over Jeffrey Bourbo in a match in which each wrestler seemed to have the other in danger.
The Warriors extended their lead to 21-12 after the 170-pound contest when RJ Mitchell pinned Breylen Jordan at 3:39, but the Wolfpack closed to within 21-18 when Kolby Schaible pinned Rodney Soares at :36.
With no Greenbrier wrestlers at 195 or 220, the Warriors’ lead built to 33-18, but the Wolfpack cut into it once more when George Conrad pinned Charles Lindemuth at :55 in the 285-pound class.
Grovetown received another forfeit at 106, but the Wolfpack sliced the lead to 39-30 when Samuel Torres pinned Jorge Malave at 4:19 at 113 pounds.
Needing three points to ensure no worse than a tie with two matches remaining, Grovetown’s 120-pound Daegan Lente put the match out of reach with a 2:33 pin of Wesley Taylor.
Greenbrier’s Daniel Fenske pinned Ashar Evans at 3:12 of the 126-pound bout to account for the 45-36 final.
Following the Christmas break, the Wolfpack host the Region 2-AAAAA Duals on Jan. 3-4, and both coaches expect their teams to be clicking on all cylinders by then.
“We’re almost there,” said Wolfpack head coach Chris McDaniel. “After Christmas you get a 2-pound growth allowance, so our 106 who keeps weighing in at 107 will finally be able to wrestle 106. Our 220 who’s weighing in at 222, that’ll finally mean he can wrestle 220, so we’ll have a full lineup after Christmas. When we host regions, that should be the first time that we’ve got a full lineup of 14 weight classes.”
White and Davis will tweak their roster before the duals. “We’ve still got time left to make corrections and our lineup has a few changes that are going to be made,” said White. “It’s always good to see people wrestle hard and get a win and have it pay off, the hard work they put in.”