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ROCKY MOUNT — Swim teams from Hunt High and Fike walked away with team victories in the first 3-A Big East Conference meet of 2017-18 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrison Family YMCA.
The Hunt High boys easily outpointed their next closest competitor in Rocky Mount, as the Warriors amassed 200 points, compared to 80 for the Gryphons.
Roanoke Rapids, not affiliated with the conference, finished second with 173 as Nash Central, a former Big East member and now a 2-A Eastern Plains Conference school was third overall with 95.
Following were Southern Nash (64), SouthWest Edgecombe (51), Fike (47), Franklinton (39), Northern Nash (32), Tarboro (32) and Beddingfield (11).
In the girls division, Fike outpointed Rocky Mount 175-141 to win the conference race, while Nash Central was second overall at 148.
Roanoke Rapids (125), Franklinton (67), Hunt (66), Northern Nash (63), SouthWest Edgecombe (54), Southern Nash (34), Tarboro (20) and Beddingfield rounded out the field.
Sarah Jones shined for the Lady Golden Demons, winning both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle as well as combining on winning relay teams in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay.
Individually, Sarah Jones was first in the 200 in a time of 2:14.08 and the 500 in 5:56.35.
In the 200 free relay, Sarah Jones teamed with Madeline Harrell, Cassie Jons and Abby Hodges to touch the wall first in 2:09.72. The 400 free relay saw Cassie Jones, Harrell, Hodges and Sarah Jones prevail in 4:23.44.
Cassie Jones was first in the 100 butterfly, logging a time of 1:12.94.
For Fike, second-place swims were turned in by Hodges in the 100 backstroke and Abbey Rogers in the 200 freestyle. Rogers was also second in the 500 freestyle.
Emily Day posted a pair of second-place showings in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Placing third for the Lady Demons were Harrell in the 100 breaststroke and Hodges in the 100 freestyle.
On the boys side, Hunt’s Ethan Maddrey led the way with a pair of individual victories.
Maddrey was first in the 200 IM, posting a time of 2:12.81 and taking first in the 500 freestyle in 5:25.75.
Hunt claimed first in both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay, with Sanjeev Francis, Dom Gaetano, Zac Taylor and Maddrey claiming the 200 in 1:50.95.
In the 400, Francis, Maddrey, Taylor and Charlie Graham edged Roanoke Rapids by approximately five seconds, touching in 3:47.27.
Hunt’s Francis claimed the 100 freestyle in 52.68.
Second-place finishes were recorded by Taylor (100 butterfly), Graham (200 freestyle) and Francis (100 backstroke).
The 400 free relay team from Southern Nash was credited with a third-place finish, as was Fike’s Max Fogleman in the 100 breaststroke.
Adam Dermer (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Graham (100 freestyle) and the Hunt 200 freestyle relay team had third-place finishes.
Following a week off for Thanksgiving, the conference returns to the pool on Nov. 29 for the second meet back in Rocky Mount.
Fike opened its 2017-18 wrestling season with wins against Bunn and North Lenoir in a tri-match at Hunt
The Golden Demons, who did not compete against their 3-A Big East Conference and county rival Hunt, were impressive in defeating North Lenoir 63-12 and Bunn 60-24.
Against the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Hawks, six Golden Demons registered pins. Vincent Page started the match with a 10-3 decision over Christian Quick of North Lenoir at 145 pounds. The Demons then rang up five straight wins by fall — Linton Holmes at 152 in just 19 seconds, followed by Aaron Bancroft (160), Ricardo Escamilla (170), Joseph Speight (182) and Jacob Powell (195) — before the Hawks got their first points.
William Edwards earned a win by fall for Fike while Jahmez Settles, Roby Wood, Taylor Gay and Garrett Weaver picked up forfeit victories. The 138-pound class was a double forfeit.
Fike enjoyed another pin parade against Bunn of the 2-A Northern Carolina Conference with Holmes leading the way at 152 pounds in 40 seconds, followed by Bancroft in 42 seconds at 160. Escamilla (170), Saulo Rodriguez (285), Edwards (120) and Page (145) also notched wins by fall for Fike while Settles and Weaver claimed forfeit victories.
Fike will host its fifth annual Demon Duals on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m., with Hunt, Southern Nash, C.B. Aycock, Clayton, Cleveland, Washington and North Pitt participating.
Warriors open with tri-match sweep
The Hunt High wrestling team kicked off its 2017-18 season with a tri-match of visiting North Lenoir and Bunn on Tuesday night.
Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference doubled up the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference Hawks 48-24 and turned back Bunn, a 2-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Northern Carolina Conference 33-30.
Three wrestlers finished 2-0 on the mat for Hunt, under the direction of second-year coach Steve Greer. Josiah Wattenberger, at 132 pounds, recorded a pin and a decision, including a key 5-3 decision victory in his match against the Wildcats. Wattenberger typically wrestles at 126 but was moved up to 132 for the opener.
Emmanuel Smoot (195) prevailed via pin and decision in his respective matches.
CBA splits on opening night
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High wrestling team lifted the curtain on a new season Tuesday night by splitting a pair of matches with Princeton and Corinth Holders.
The Golden Falcons dispensed with Princeton 54-24 and were handed a 60-24 defeat by 4-A Corinth Holders.
Four CBA wrestlers went 2-0, with seniors Austin Doyle at 106 pounds and Zach Creel at 145 leading the way. Devin Maldonado, a junior, went 2-0 at 120 as did sophomore Canon Barrett at 113.