Eastern grapplers prevail over local rivals to win tournament

Eastern Alamance's wrestling squad came away from this weekend's Alamance County Duals tournament at Southern Alamance High School with a perfect 4-0 record and the event's team championship. The Eagles defeated local rivals Williams, Cummings, Graham, and Southern Alamance to show that they are the top local wrestling team in Alamance County. EAHS will participate in its host tournament - the annual Eagle Invitational - this coming weekend at the Mebane Arts and Community Center. 

Eastern Alamance’s wrestling squad had an excellent overall showing at this past weekend’s Alamance County Duals, which was held on the campus of Southern Alamance High School. 

The Eagles swept a series of four dual team matches against Western Alamance, Williams, Cummings, and Graham to take first place in the event, which helps EAHS carry some momentum into the program’s host Eagle Invitational this coming weekend at the Mebane Arts and Community Center. This marked the first time since 2008 that the Eagles won this particular team wrestling event. 

Brannon Maxfield had a stellar weekend in the 126-pound weight class for the victorious Eagles, earning pins against Williams and Western Alamance, a decision win against Cummings, and a technical fall win over Southern Alamance. Noah Forshee was also a perfect 4-0 for the Eagles over the weekend in multiple weight classes, earning pins against Williams, Western, and Southern, and a forfeit over Cummings. 

In a 58-18 victory over Williams, the Eagles picked up five first round pins, and six pins in total. The EAHS pins came from Maxfield (0:40), 145-pound Damien Beaver (1:06), 152-pound Brent Tate (0:22), 160-pound Forshee (1:00), 170-pound Kalin Sykes (0:26), and 195-pound Bricy Chavis-Munoz, who won in the final second of the third period (5:59). EAHS also earned forfeit wins over Williams with Christopher Watson at 106 pounds, 120-pound Alaina Kunder, and 220-pound Chris Gonzalez-Turner. 

In a preview of Mid-State Conference competition later on this winter, the Eagles outlasted local rival Western Alamance, 54-27. As they did against Williams, Maxfield, Beaver, and Forshee earned victories by way of a pin. Maxfield’s victory over Austin Garcia at 126 pounds came just 40 seconds Into the match, while Beaver’s win at 152 pounds over Aidan Smith came in 28 seconds. Forshee pinned Western’s Isaiah Morgan in the 170-pound match in 37 seconds. 

Also getting pins for the Eagles in the team victory over the Warriors was Liam Weiss at 106 pounds (1:18), Julian Rodriguez at 182 pounds (1:58), and Chris Gonzalez Turner at 220 pounds (1:03). The Eagles also got forfeit wins over Western at 113 pounds with Christopher Watson, Bricy Chavis-Munoz at 195 pounds, and Jaxon Lee at 285 pounds. 

In Eastern’s 60-18 win over Cummings, the Eagles collected pins from Watson at 106 pounds over Shatain Manhoung (1:39), Timothy McNeely at 152 pounds over Shawn Corbett (2:42), Sykes at 170 pounds over Ilsen Garcia (1:10), and Chavis-Munoz at 195 pounds over Dalton Roberson (1:49). Also earning wins in matches over the Cavaliers was Maxfield, who won a hard-fought 4-0 win over Ke’Ron Richmond at 126 pounds, and Rodriguez at 182 pounds, who outlasted Zavione Wade in a 7-2 decision. 

The Eagles also got a total of five forfeit wins over Cummings at the weight classes of 113 pounds (Caleb Maxfield), 120 pounds (Alaina Kunder), 132 pounds (Ivan Benitez), 138 pounds (Genesis Chinchilla), and 160 pounds (Forshee).  

The most difficult battle over the weekend for the Eagles was against host Southern Alamance, as EAHS had to fight all the way down to the wire for a 45-36 triumph in a match with 13 of the 14 weight classes wrestling. 

Eastern won thanks to a streak of victories in five straight weight classes from 145 to 182 pounds. 145-pound Beaver went to the third round with Southern Alamance’s Braxton Meyers before picking up a third round pin (4:53), while 152-pound McNeely took down Southern’s Zachary Williams in the opening minute (0:44). 

Forshee earned a pin over Jacob Riggsbee in the first round at 160 pounds (1:22), and Sykes earned another first round fall (1:03) over Logan Pergerson. At 182 pounds, Julian Rodriguez earned a 15-5 major decision win over Wesley Stewart. 

Chris Gonzalez Turner kept up the momentum for EAHS at 220 pounds with a late first period pin over Darius Foust (1:46), while Watson went into the third round before pinning Cameron Rivera (4:29). Maxfield helped secure Eastern’s win with a 15-0 technical fall victory early in the third round (4:08) over Adrian Pineda. 

Eastern returns to tournament play this coming weekend with the annual Eagle Invitational, which will be held Friday evening and Saturday throughout the day at the Mebane Arts and Community Center. As they did in the recent Jim King Invitational on the campus of Orange High School in Hillsborough, the Eagle Invitational will allow this improving EAHS squad a chance to compete against some of the top wrestling talent the region has to offer.