The Union Pines wrestling team finished another Saturday of dual competition with a 5-0 record. 

Competing at the the Adidas Duals, held at Hickory Ridge High School, the Vikings were the lone team from the east as the other seven teams were a mix of 3-A and 4-A Mid West Regional teams.  

Union Pines knocked off A.L. Brown 64-9, Central Cabarrus 57-22, Weddington 51-27, Cox Mill 78-0 and Hickory Ridge 61-13.

The performance by the Vikings gives them a dual win streak of 20 and moves their overall record to 30-4.

“We win duals as a team, wrestling is a team sport, and we emphasize team and talk about our team goals everyday in the practice room,” said Viking coach Brian Gray of his team’s winning ways. “We had some great individual performances Saturday with a couple of our guys pinning all five of their opponents and others going undefeated.

“We could highlight those as we usually do but I would rather share some of the team accomplishments.”

In each wrestling dual there’s a chance for 14 guys to wrestle. The Vikings took 19 wrestlers to Saturday’s competition. All 19 contributed by each competing and getting their hand raised for a win at least one time in one of the five duals.

When looking at the entire dual season the Vikings have utilized 30 different wrestlers through the course of earning their 30 wins. 

Additionally the team features 15 wrestlers that have competed in more than 20 varsity matches, 10 wrestlers that have more than 20 wins, with six of those having 30-plus wins.

The Vikings have two more conference duals on their schedule, two more Saturdays of duals competition and if they qualify, will compete in the NCHSAA 3-A State Dual playoffs.

The Vikings are ready to compete as a team and win as many duals as they can the rest of the season, said Gray.

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