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Broughton’s wrestling team came out on top Thursday against an Enloe squad still looking to find its footing.
The Capitals dominated a 69-9 dual at Enloe, but much like the Eagles, Broughton has a young team that is learning and improving each day.
“We’re both in the bottom half as far as our conference goes,” said Broughton coach Andrew Redfern. “They have a new coach and are a young team just like us. I didn’t expect it to be like this.”
The Caps won seven matches by pins and one by decision.
Jack Elliott pinned Jairo Rubio in two minutes, 30 seconds in the 113-pound bout; Hyu Siu pinned Jake Oberlender in 46 seconds (120); Tiu Rahlan pinned Kevin Mathew in 44 seconds (132); Neh Siu pinned Daniel Chapman in 56 seconds (138); Jacob Hildreth pinned Alexander Hoffman in 1:45 (152); Cameron Longmire pinned Khaliq Reid in 13 seconds (170); Christian Obame pinned Matthew Hoffman in 2:51 (220); and Christian Bugger pinned Ishaq Ibrahim in 3:38 (106).
Broughton’s Jackeitha Baker won by decision over Sandy Kea, 5-2, in the 145-pound bout.
Four classes were decided by forfeit, with three going to Broughton.
Roberto Phillips (182), George House (195) and Disel Means (285) won by forfeit for the Caps.
Enloe’s Guy Kunzman won by forfeit at 126 pounds, and Carnell Lewis defeated Julian McLain, 7-3, in the 160-pound match for the Eagles.
Lewis, a senior, returned to the team this month after being out with an injury, said Enloe coach Eric Manstedt.
“He’s been a tremendous asset for us as far as being a practice partner, and he’s really grown as a leader,” Manstedt said.
Manstedt said several of his wrestlers are new to the sport, so the team is still working on learning the basics.
“We’re trying to shorten our learning curve, and sometimes you don’t see the results in wins or losses as soon as you’d like, but our kids show up and they don’t quit. That stuff goes a long way at the end of it all.”
Enloe is still looking for its first team win, and the Caps are now 6-8 on the season
“I had higher expectations,” Redfern said. “We started out the season forfeiting a few matches, which hurt us a bit. We still have a young team, but I’ve seen a lot of growth from day one to now.”