By Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKE FOREST — Heritage High School wrestlers recorded early pins and came away with a 59-18 victory over visiting Rolesville in a match November 26.
The Huskies got off to a fast start, pinning five of their first seven opponents.
“I’m really happy with the start of our 2013 season,” said Husky wrestling coach Bryan Welsh. “Our coaching staff continues to stress the importance of sportsmanship.”
“We also continue to preach that success does not happen overnight; the athletes must set goals and strive to be great,” Welsh added.
Freshman Charlie Barefoot of Heritage got things started when he pinned Rolesville’s Jackson Smith at 1:58 in the 152-pound weight division.
The Huskies Robert Berry, wrestling at 160 pounds, won by pinning Aaron Le at the 44 second mark.
Tyler Slade pushed Heritage farther in front with a pin at 170-pounds and Rolesville answered with a forfeit from freshman Tevan Horton in the 182-pound class.
The Ram’s Mark Provencher was pinned by Heritage’s Tim Ziegler at 195 and a pin by Dillion Campbell, 220-pounds, over Malik Bailey gave the Huskies a 30-6 lead.
At 285 pounds, Jacob Quintal of Heritage won by decision over Dante Richardson.
Matthew Mims, 106 pounds, and Trevor Brenton, 120, of Rolesville got their first two wins of the season by pinning their opponents.
Mims had a strong showing and pinned Heritage’s Tyrese Robinson while Brenton won by a pin over Billy Bosse.
“Heritage wrestled a very good match against us,” said Rolesville wrestling coach Michael Grether. “Their coach has done an excellent job building their young program.”
“Our wrestlers showed signs of progress as we look to continue to lay the foundation for our program,” Grether went on to say. “They are starting to trust their moves and the results are beginning to show.”
Freshman Anthony Brito at 126-pounds of Heritage won by major decision, defeating Justice Jones 12-2 to give the Huskies a 43-18 lead.
Also winning by major decision was Tierre Davis, 138 pounds, of Heritage, 13-5, over Mason Hunt.
Rashad Jackson, 132-pounds of Heritage, also captured a win by pinning his Ram opponent, Rusty Black.
The Huskies Sheriff Njie had his first career win in the 145-pound class, pinning Stephen Strong.
“It was a good first match for us,” Welsh said. “Anthony wrestled exceptionally well and we expect big things from him in his future.”
Heritage captains Berry, Ziegler, Jackson and Campbell all had first period pins.
Welsh said he is also proud of his freshman class.
“We have seven freshmen who will be a part of the future for Heritage wrestling,” he said.
“Rolesville High is going through the same building phase that we saw at Heritage three years ago,” Welsh added. “It’s not easy staring a program from scratch. Their team has a lot of potential for the future and I’m looking forward to seeing their progress and wrestling them for the next few years.”
Welsh added that the Cap 8 Conference matches this season will be competitive.
“We will keep our heads up and fight every step of the way,” he said.
Both the Huskies and the Rams will wrestle in the Southern Brawl Tournament this Saturday at Southern Durham High School.