ROUGHEDGE — Piedmont High’s wrestlers defeated two Southern Carolina Conference opponents on Thursday, handling host Parkwood, 60-15, and Charlotte Catholic, 48-27.
Piedmont, which concludes the regular season with a 23-2 dual-team record, has now won 20-plus dual matches 11 years in a row. They also extend their active winning streak to 14 dual matches.
Panthers who earned pins for the evening were: 113-pounder Noah Cauble (22-2), 160-pounder John Lewis (27-3), 182-pounder Henry Mercado (16-12), 120-pounder Jake Cauble (29-1), 126-pounder Tripp Collins (29-0), 132-pounder Troy Garcia (19-9), 152-pounder Colby Locklear (25-3), 170-pounder Dalton Renfroe (7-12), 220-pounder Ryan Whetzel (28-2), and 120-pounder Trey Hinson (21-5).
“I’m very proud of our guys,” said Piedmont coach Jamie Belk. “We wanted to set the tone tonight. I’ve known (Parkwood) Coach (Chris) Linthicum for a long time and I just wanted to let them know that we are an aggressive-type wrestling team … We didn’t lose our fight, we didn’t lose our will to win, and I’m just very proud of these guys. They stayed aggressive, they attacked, and did their job.”
In the win over Parkwood, six out of the 14 individual matches went to three periods. Piedmont jumped ahead early, 18-0, with three pins from Cauble, Collins, and Garcia before Parkwood earned pins from 145-pounder Caleb Simpson (27-1) and 152-pounder Zach Parks (16-7). Piedmont’s Locklear pinned 160-pounder Connor D’Apice (14-11) to extend Piedmont’s lead to 24-12. Piedmont then got pins by Lewis, Renfroe, and Whetzel in addition to decision wins by Mercado and 195-pounder Reece Lester (19-8) to build a 48-12 lead.
Piedmont will host the NCHSAA 3A Midwest wrestling individual playoffs on Tuesday.
Parkwood concludes its dual wrestling season with a 12-13 record. Four members of the Pack came away with decision wins, including 120-pounder Colby Baucom (22-8), 126-pounder Chaytan Tala (11-8), Simpson, and 285-pounder Zach Jackson (3-5).
“I love my kids, and I love our community,” Linthicum said. “Next week is a big week for us. We’re going to compete and do the best that we can and get after it. We wrestled a lot of matches this season, and we hope that pays off for us (at regionals and states).”
Charlotte Catholic has an 8-4 dual-team record, including a 48-23 win against Parkwood on Thursday. The Cougars got pins from 113-pounder McLean Gaston, 145-pounder Zane Basrawala, 160-pounder Michael Pray, 170-pounder Owen Reilly, 182-pounder Andrew Templeton, and 285-pounder Kai Stupping.