INDIAN TRAIL — The Porter Ridge High wrestlers improved their dual team record to 4-0 after gritting out home wins over Parkwood (43-31) and Mallard Creek (35-33) on Thursday (Dec. 2).

Porter Ridge wrestlers who earned pins were: senior 170-pounder Danyial Batyrshayev (7-0), senior 182-pounder JD Cupp (6-2), junior 285-pounder Nathan Carnes (7-0), freshman 120-pounder Luke Niday (6-2) and sophomore 132-pounder Joseph Courtney (5-3).

Head coach Randy Durbin praised his wrestlers for showing mental toughness and a competitive spirit.

“It was a very competitive match and we have a very competitive team,” Durbin said. “We are looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Trailing 21-17 against the Mavericks, Batyrshayev and Cupp earned pins to regain the lead for the Pirates. It wasn’t long before Mallard Creek took back the lead, thanks to pins from sophomore 195-pounder Kahmari Cook (10-3) and junior 285-pounder Ryder Mullins (10-4).

In the heavyweight match, Carnes pinned senior Nicholas Furman in the second period.

“… With great coaching from Coach Durbin, we were able to overcome and secure our win,” Carnes said. “I’m really proud of (195-pounder) Anthony Crespo for stepping up and bumping up (against Mullins in the 220 weight bracket match) in order to secure the win.”

Against the Wolfpack, Porter Ridge trailed 19-12 when junior 160-pounder Seth Quinones (5-2) started a dominant run. Quinones’ 10-2 major decision win was followed by pins from Batyrshayev, Cupp, 195-pounder Aidan Chew (5-2), and Carnes.

Parkwood defending state champion 285-pounder Cody Hardy (7-0) took a forfeit, and freshman 113-pounder Kyle Simpson (11-2) quickly pinned Haroon Al-Sharee, but it was not enough for the Wolf Pack to bounce back. Parkwood’s dual team record is now 7-1.

The earned a 37-36 win over Mallard Creek during the tri-meet on Porter Ridge’s mat after losing to Mavericks last Spring (39-37). Earning pins for Parkwood were: Simpson, Hardy, senior 160-pounder Connor D’Apice (5-1) and sophomore 170-pounder Ethan Truesdell (7-4). Facing a 30-27 deficit, Parkwood senior 220-pounder Morgan Bramhall (7-1) pulled out a decision win over Mullins before Hardy pinned Furman to take the lead for good.

“Coach Durbin does a really good job with his program (at Porter Ridge),” Parkwood head coach Chris Linthicum said. “I’m happy that we’re local enough that we get to wrestle them. … It does nothing but make our program even better. We’re going to continue working and trying to get better every single day.”

Porter Ridge and Parkwood both wrestle at the Mount Pleasant Invitational Tournament this weekend; Piedmont and Weddington will also compete at Mount Pleasant.

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