Patriot Wrestlers Claim Tourney Title
The Pinecrest wrestling team just keeps on getting better in individual tournament competition.
After finishing third, then second as a team in previous individual tourneys, the Patriots finally pushed it to the top with a first-place finish in Saturday’s Bobby Lloyd Invitational tournament at T.W. Andrews in High Point.
The Patriots finished with 176.5 points in the 17-team tourney, easily outdistancing runner-up Southeast Guilford that finished with 136 points.
“It’s about time,” said Patriot coach Travis Flinchum. “We just haven’t been able to take a full lineup anywhere yet. We’ve used a lot of different people.
“We’ve had injuries and a lot of different circumstances when it comes to the lineup. But it is what it is, and I’m pretty pleased with the effort from the guys.”
Patriot sophomore Irvin Enriquez continued his impressive wrestling at 113 pounds by being named the event’s most outstanding wrestler for wrestlers competing in the 106-pound through 145-pound divisions. That award came on top of the most outstanding wrestler at the Fury Duals Tournament on Jan. 5 in Forsyth County.
Enriquez claimed the championship in the 113-pound division by pinning Quan Le of Andrews in 4:49 in the finals.
“He’s been looking pretty good,” Flinchum said. “He’s super tough, he’s taking care of schoolwork, he comes to practice, he does everything you could ask for.”
Enriquez joined three other Patriot grapplers in claiming individual titles at the invitational. Dallas Roemer, Rider Excell and Ryan McGuire claimed championships in their respective divisions.
Roemer claimed a 10-1 major decision over Peter Becher of Southwest Guilford in the finals of the 138-pound division.
Excell got his championship at 160 pounds by getting a 5-3 decision over Brandon Sloop of Carson.
McGuire posted his championship in the 182-pound class with a pin in 2:46 against Josh Wilson of High Point Central.
Patriot senior Jonah Caliri just missed a championship when he dropped a tight 4-3 decision to Michael Jones of Southern Guilford in the finals at 170 pounds.
Sawyer Bateman and Bryson Thomas added fourth-place finishes for the Patriots. Battling into the consolation finals, Bateman finished fourth at 152 pounds, while Thomas claimed his fourth place at 195 pounds.
Other Patriot wrestlers competing in the invitational included Alex Nguyen (106 pounds), Dakotah Nelson (126), Riley Mustoe (132), Mario Contreras (145) and Gregg Mello (220).
Pinecrest is the fourth-ranked team in the latest coaches dual team poll. The Patriots also have seven wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of the retrorankings.com for state 4-A competitors.
Luke Fetla is ranked No. 1 at 220 pounds to lead the way for the Patriots. Roemer is No. 2 at 138, Excell No. 3 at 160 and Enriquez No. 4 at 113.
Mario Contreras and Caliri are both ranked No. 8 in the state at 145 and 170, respectively. McGuire is the final ranked Patriot, coming in at No. 10 in the 182-pound division.
The Patriots (13-5 in duals competition) are off this week because of exams. They return to the mats with a home dual meet Wednesday, Jan. 23, against Southeastern Conference rival Scotland High.
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