ROCKY MOUNT — While most area wrestling teams waited for the weekend to start back into dual competition, Panther Creek made the long Thursday night trek to Northern Nash High School to face two opponents on the same night.
After edging Southern Nash 42-31 in the first match of the night, the Catamounts defeated host Northern Nash 52-27.
The nonconference wins were a nice change for Panther Creek (7-4, 2-2), which had only competed in a handful of nonconference duals all season.
“We thought it was a good opportunity ... to get two matches in and get prepared for the (Broughton) Capital Duals on Saturday,” said first-year Panther Creek coach Chad Sichak.
Against the Southern Nash Firebirds (11-5), three pins in the fifth minute by heavyweight Cole Johnston (5:16), 138-pounder Adonis Adkins (5:37) and 171-pounder Cameron Shaffer (5:29 proved crucial.
The Catamounts won eight of the 14 matches and forfeited two of the six that they lost.
“They looked pretty sharp for the most part, but some looked a little rusty. You could tell some of them hadn’t wrestled a match in a week or two,” Sichak said.
Panther Creek cruised against the Knights (5-6) thanks to two forfeit wins and three pins in less than a minute by Powell (0:52), Adkins (0:57) and K’Juan Gough (0:51).
Cameron Shaffer, Sean Kerr and Rony Nasrallah, like Powell and Adkins, won both bouts on the night.
Nasrallah has just one loss since cutting weight and sliding down to the 182-pound class. He was a starter on the football team, where he had needed to bulk up.
“Where I’ve progressed a lot is on my feet,” Nasrallah said.
Picking up team victories can help team morale, said Nasrallah.
“We’ve only had 11 dual matches. That’s not much, but it’s really good as a team to have those team wins and that confidence,” he said.
Southern Nash and Northern Nash are conference opponents in the Big East 3A. The two did not wrestle one another because they meet next week in league play.
After the Catamounts had won both varsity matches, the three schools wrestled junior varsity matchups to conclude the evening.
No conference tournament: The Southwest Wake Athletic Conference will not have a conference tournament this season.
Cary had won the tournament in the conference formerly known as the Tri-7, Tri-8 and Tri-9 for 30 straight years before Holly Springs unseated the Imps last season.
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