Demons run gauntlet of missing weight classes at Wickham Duals

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The margin for error was exceedingly thin for the Fike High wrestling team with four weight classes unmanned in the Golden Demons’ own Wickham Duals tournament Saturday.

But a quintet of Demons went unscathed, leading Fike to victories in all five of its matches. The Demons downed C.B. Aycock 41-30, topped West Johnston 45-27, eked out a 37-35 win over Wake Forest and then defeated Washington 48-30. Fike was originally scheduled to wrestle just four matches with so many forfeit losses from unfilled weight classes, head coach Bradley Watson was compelled to keep his front-line grapplers on the mat to have a chance to win. 

Fike was going to wrestle Roanoke Rapids in a few exhibition matches so Watson could get his younger wrestlers some mat time, but it turned into a full-on match that the Demons won 44-36.

Claiming five victories each Saturday were sophomore 145-pounder Vincent Page, junior 170-pounder Aaron Bancroft, senior 182-pounder Joseph Speight, sophomore 195-pounder Jayleen Bullock and senior heavyweight Saulo Rodriguez, who had four pins on the day to go with a forfeit victory.

Page also had four wins by fall and one by technical fall. Bullock registered three pins and a forfeit to go with a 9-8 decision he pulled out against Washington’s Christian Whitney.

Speight picked up a major decision and a win by fall and Bancroft had a technical-fall victory and a pin. Both enjoyed three forfeit wins.

All five Demons remained unbeaten on the season after each went 3-0 at a quad match at Washington on Thursday.

Going 4-1 for Fike at the Wickham Duals were sophomore 220-pounder Zametrie Bagley, junior 132-pounder Garrett Weaver and junior 160-pounder Noah Gullett.

Fike, which forfeited the 106, 113, 120 and 126 classes all day, trailed Wake Forest 29-9 with just five matches left. But Bancroft, Speight, Bullock and Bagley all won their matches and Rodriguez claimed the forfeit victory at 285 for the win.

Southern Nash also had a winning day, claiming three of its five matches. The Firebirds defeated North Pitt 48-27, got past Roanoke Rpaids 48-36 and edged Wake Forest 39-37 but lost to Washington and West Johnston. The loss to Washington came down to criteria after both teams score 42 points. The Pam Pack posted five wins by fall to just three for the Firebirds, giving them the extra point and the win.

Daniel Medina at 126 pounds and Rylan Hight at 195 each won four matches for the Firebirds. The results from the match against West Johnston were not reported.

C.B. Aycock finished 2-2 on the day. After losing their first match to Fike, the Golden Falcons dropped a 57-15 outcome to Wake Forest before finishing with wins against Hunt (42-30) and North Pitt (42-24).

Tyler Hughes won all four of his matches to improve to 6-0 on the season for Aycock while Canon Barrett, Kevin Dickenson, Johnathan Parks and A.J. Crocker each went 3-1.

Hunt wrestled just three matches, losing to North Pitt 40-18 and Roanoke Rapids 63-18 along with the loss to CBA.

Christopher Silva won all three of his matches at 195 pounds, two by fall, to lead the Warriors.