Eagles knock off Webb, McMichael, improve to 20-5

Eastern Alamance senior wrestling standout Noah Forshee (right) was honored, along with the rest of his fellow twelfth graders, prior to Wednesday night's tri-team dual wrestling match with Oxford Webb and McMichael. The Eagles defeated Webb and McMichael to improve its overall season record to 20-5 in dual team matches. EAHS hosts the rest of its Mid-State Conference counterparts over the weekend inside Tal Jobe Gymnasium for the league's conference tournament. 

Eastern Alamance’s wrestling team finished out the regular season in fine fashion Wednesday evening, as the Eagles defeated Mid-State Conference rival McMichael, as well as non-conference foe Oxford Webb, in a Senior Night tri-match inside Tal Jobe Gymnasium. The Eagles picked up a 50-24 win over McMichael, and a 54-18 triumph over Webb to improve to 20-5 on the season in dual team matches. 

Against Webb, the Eagles got a pin from Ivan Benitez, who defeated George Kittrell in the 138-pound match, as well as eight victories by way of forfeit. There were only four individual matches in the dual team meet, with EAHS’s Alaina Kunder falling via first round pin (1:02) to Tristan Yunker of Webb at 120 pounds, Gabriel Parker of the Eagles dropping a second round match via pin (3:36) to Webb’s Justhin Torres at 126 pounds, and Triston Turner of Webb earning a pin over Jaxon Lee at 285 pounds. 

In the triumph over the Phoenix, the Eagles earned a total of five individual match wins, along with five forfeit victories. After Christopher Watson (106 pounds) and Liam Weiss (113 pounds) earned forfeit wins for the Eagles, Caden Parsons was pinned by McMichael’s Lamar Carter in the first round (0:49) of the 120-pound match. Brannon Maxfield got EAHS back on track in the 126-pound match, earning a 9-3 decision victory over Connor Hall. 

After Ivan Benitex got a forfeit win for EAHS at 132 pounds, Brent Tate took the mat for the Eagles and was beaten in the final seconds of the third round (5:57) via pin at the hands of McMichael’s Dalten Anderson. From there, the Eagles won the next six weight classes in succession, starting with a Damien Beaver forfeit win at 145 pounds. 

In the 152-pound match, Julian Rodriguez got the upper hand against his opponent, McMichael’s Nathan Collins, and earned a pin at the 1:58 mark of the opening period. Timothy McNeely followed that up with a forfeit win at 160 pounds, and then Noah Forshee, one of the top senior veterans on the EAHS roster, celebrated his final regular season home match at EAHS with a 19-3 technical fall victory over Bobby Wyatt in the second period (2:14). 

Bricy Chavis-Munoz kept the winning ways coming for the Eagles with a hard-fought 14-12 decision victory over Lance Martin at 182 pounds. Next was Chris Gonzalez-Turner, who outlasted Jacoby Alley for an 11-9 decision win that helped get the Eagles over the hump. Daniel Grimmett got a forfeit win for McMichael at 220 pounds, and EAHS’s Jaxon Lee was defeated at the end of the first round via pin (1:52) by Nathan Crouch in the heavyweight (285 pounds) match. 

Eastern enters the postseason with an overall record of 20-5, with those losses coming to Western Guilford, Person, Northern Guilford, Morehead, and Southwestern Randolph. The Eagles host the Mid-State Conference tournament Saturday on the EAHS campus inside Tal Jobe Gymnasium.