MATTHEWS — Head coach Shane Rimmer’s Weddington High wrestling team improved to 16-4 in dual-team matches this season with wins over Cuthbertson and Parkwood on Tuesday. The Warriors avenged last year’s loss to Cuthbertson with a 48-34 win and defeated Parkwood, 57-21, at home.
Weddington won 18 out of 28 individual matches of the night.
“I am extremely proud of (our) guys,” Rimmer said. “This is a strange year to say the least. We’re wrestling in June with all kinds of different things going on. I think overall, we were able to kind of piece it together and do very well for ourselves, so they’ve done a great job.”
Against the Cavaliers, the lead changed hands several times through the first five matches until the 160-weight class match, when Weddington senior Wyatt McGirt (15-3 record) pinned junior Richard Jenkins (8-7) in the final seconds of the third period.
“I thought (McGirt) did a nice job bumping up a weight and coming through for us there,” said Rimmer. “He just weathers the storm, waits for his opportunities and capitalizes on them.”
Weddington junior 170-pounder Hudson DiCarlo (14-13) pinned CHS junior Sean Hurley (3-4), and two forfeit wins increased the Warriors’ lead to 42-18. The Cavaliers added two forfeit wins and a decision win from Ashton Schutz, but it was not enough for them to mount a comeback.
Cuthbertson now has an 11-5 dual-team record, including a 47-32 win against Parkwood Tuesday. Several Cavalier wrestlers earned pins on the night, including sophomore 132-pounder Dalen Card (8-10), Jenkins, senior 170-pounder Tyler Carroll (13-5), senior 182-pounder Colin Culp (1-1) and senior 285-pounder Myles Lopez (16-2).
The Cavaliers will host Monroe on Thursday for its final dual match of the season.
Parkwood, led by head coach Chris Linthicum, has a 12-11 dual-team record. Parkwood wrestlers who earned a pin Tuesday were senior 120-pounder Colby Baucom (19-7), junior 145-pounder Steven Bigham (17-4), sophomore 195-pounder Grayson Wallace (8-10) and junior 220-pounder Morgan Bramhall (14-9).
The Wolfpack will host Piedmont and Charlotte Catholic on Thursday.