Eastern defeats Western Alamance; looks ahead to Senior Night, conference tourney

Eastern Alamance's wrestling team earned three pins and five forfeit victories this past Thursday as they defeated Western Alamance, 48-31, in a dual team match in Elon. The Eagles are now looking ahead to Wednesday's Senior Night match with McMichael, and Saturday's Mid-State Conference tournament, which EAHS is hosting this year in Mebane. 

Eastern Alamance earned a significant Mid-State Conference dual team wrestling match victory Thursday evening at Western Alamance. The Eagles took advantage of a trio of pins and five Western Alamance forfeits on their way to a 48-31 victory over the Warriors. 

Christopher Watson earned a pin at 106 pounds for the Eagles, as he earned a fall over Evan Conetta just 36 seconds into the opening round. Julian Rodriguez also got a pin for the Eagles in the 152 pound match, as he took down Western’s Chandler Baysdon at 1:31 of the first round. EAHS’s third pin was picked up by 160-pound Noah Forshee, who pinned Western’s Isaiah Morgan 58 seconds into the match. 

In addition, the Eagles picked up forfeits from Brannon Maxfield (126 pounds), Timothy McNeely (170 pounds), Bricy Chavis-Munoz (182 pounds), Chris Gonzalez-Turner (195 pounds), and Jamison Sykes (220 pounds). 

In other matches with the Warriors, Eastern’s Liam Weiss was pinned at the 1:09 mark of the opening round by Lucus Gerner, while Caden Parsons suffered a 21-12 major decision loss to Warriors’ 120-pounder Austin Garcia. In the 132-pound match, Eastern’s Ivan Benitez was pinned in the second round (3:43) by Nolan Hogsed. Eastern’s Brent Tate suffered a first round pin (1:11) at the hands of Western’s Devin Cannon, while EAHS’s Damien Beaver was beaten in a hard-fought 6-3 decision by Western’s Mason Hogsed at 145 pounds.

From there, Eastern won via pin or forfeit in six straight weight classes from 152 to 220 pounds before Western Alamance’s Caleb Gilmore pinned Eastern’s Jaxon Lee in the first round (1:28) of the heavyweight (285 pound) matchup. 

The Eagles will return to the mat Wednesday night for a Senior Night matchup with conference foe McMichael inside Tal Jobe Gymnasium, with a 6:00 p.m. start. EAHS will then host the Mid-State Conference tournament, which will be held Saturday, February 1 inside the Mebane Arts and Community Center.