CHAPEL HILL — Undefeated Chapel Hill maintained its place as the Triangle’s No. 2-ranked wrestling team with last week’s easy 60-24 win over Southern Durham.
Well, maybe not all that easy.
Southern Durham, trying to rebuild its program under the leadership of energetic head coach James Taylor, won four bouts Wednesday at Chapel Hill with pins.
“Coach Taylor has some really athletic guys with good size,” veteran Chapel Hill coach Tripp Price said. “They’re really good on their feet. That’s the thing about them you’ve got to avoid the big move. We did a good job of that, being able to be more technical than they are and not putting ourselves in a bad place because of their athleticism.”
The Tigers improved to 12-0 in dual meets with Wednesday’s win in Alumni Gym.
Price noted that every match was won either by a fall or forfeit.
“It was pin or be pinned,” he said.
Seven Tigers pinned their Spartan opponents, most of them in the first period. Sophomore R. Hudson Price (285 pounds), son of the CHHS coach, was the fastest Wednesday. He upped his overall record to 21-5 with his 13th pin of the season, nailing Deryon Woodley to the mat in just 39 seconds.
Camden Bergey (160) needed just 62 seconds to pin Mahari Rouse 1:02. I’Money Rushing (126), Roberto Sibrian (182) and George McBurney (220l) all earned their pins in about 90 seconds.
Chapel Hill’s lone senior in its starting lineup, Tommy Morrison (138), pinned Dedriyon Cook in 4:54. Junior Erik Jens (145) finished off Trimel Smith in 3:02.
“I thought our kids did a really good job, because the Southern kids are so athletic, Price said.
But four Spartans were able to muscle their way to wins. Jorge Hernandez (120), Jayr Lewis (132), Hakeem Higgins and coach’s son James Taylor (195) all won with pins.
Chapel Hill’s Zachary Allen (106), Wesley Kelley (113) and William Hess (170) all won by forfeit.
Price was especially grateful to see McBurney and Jens win after recent absences. McBurney, a sophomore, improved to 11-1 with his win, while Jens, a junior, went to 17-9 on the season.
Price was hopeful to have just about the entire Tiger roster healthy in time for this weekend’s Northwood Duals, a 15-team event in Pittsboro.
Chapel Hill’s schedule at Northwood included a meeting Saturday morning with Holly Springs, the Triangle’s No. 1 team in the News & Observer’s area rankings and later with Carrboro. (See Wednesday’s Chapel Hill News for results.)
“We are getting close to getting everyone back,” Price said. “Our health is improving, slowly. If we can get everyone back into the lineup, then we feel will make a good stretch run.
“That is our goal right now get everyone healthy, get everyone feeling good, and make that last push over the last four weeks of the season.”