The Watauga High wrestling team continued to show vast improvement, despite losing Friday night against St. Stephens.


The Pioneers (2-4 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference in duals) registered four pinfalls and a tech fall against the Indians in a 46-29 loss at Lentz-Eggers Gym.


"A few wins in the upper weight classes and we pull off the upset," said WHS coach Todd Allan.


Gabe Irwin at 160 pounds, Jackson Carr at 182, Alex Wetmore at 106 and Demetre Kostis at 132 all won by pinfall. Mark Townsend at 120 won by tech fall.


WHS trailed 18-12 after Carr pinned his opponent, Shyheim Huitt of the Indians. But Saint racked up three consecutive pinfalls by Quay Moody at 195, Wanya Rankins at 220, and Logan Locklear at heavyweight to put the match out of reach.


WHS travels to Fred T. Foard Tuesday night to wrap up regular season play. WHS will host the NW3A/4A Conference championships on Saturday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.




Match Summary WATA STST NWCA

138 Chris Hunt (St. Stephens) won by pin over Zach Tomer (Watauga) 0:00. 0 6.00

145 Caleb Rose (St. Stephens) won by decision over Eli Hawley (Watauga) 4-2. 0 3.00

152 Zacharias Fincannon (St. Stephens) won by pin over Kayne Greene (Watauga) 0:00. 0 6.00

160 Gabriel Irwin (Watauga) won by pin over Tucker Justice (St. Stephens) 0:00. 6.00 0

170 John Kinson (St. Stephens) won by decision over Jake Irwin (Watauga) 6-0. 0 3.00

182 Jackson Carr (Watauga) won by pin over Shyheim Huitt (St. Stephens) 0:00. 6.00 0

195 Quay Moody (St. Stephens) won by pin over Jeremy Critcher (Watauga) 0:00. 0 6.00

220 Wanya Rankins (St. Stephens) won by pin over Jacob Rutz (Watauga) 0:00. 0 6.00

285 Logan Locklear (St. Stephens) won by pin over Jeremiah Wooldridge (Watauga) 0:00. 0 6.00

106 Alex Wetmore (Watauga) won by pin over Brayton Vetter (St. Stephens) 0:00. 6.00 0

113 Dakota Griffith (St. Stephens) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) . 0 6.00

120 Mark Townsend (Watauga) won by tech fall over Austin Pickard (St. Stephens) 0:00 22-7. 5.00 0

126 Justin Kidd (St. Stephens) won by major decision over Cameron Martin (Watauga) 9-0. 0 4.00

132 Demetre Kostis (Watauga) won by pin over Angel Romero (St. Stephens) 0:00. 6.00 0