Following up teammate Hudson Price’s 100th career win, Cam Bergey reached the plateau Wednesday night as the Chapel Hill Tigers wrestling team defeated the Oxford’s J.F. Webb Warriors, 75-6.
Bergey, at 170, came out for the 13th bout of the night, checked in at the scorer’s table, went to the ref at the center of the mat, and was pronounced the winner due to a forfeit. And number 100 was in the books.
“It’s still a milestone and not many kids can get to that milestone,” said Tigers coach Tripp Price. “Both (Hudson and Bergey) started as freshmen, and progressed along the past four years, along with Zach Allen and George McBurney. They’re seniors, they’re showing leadership.”
Following wins by forfeits from Bradley Kenyon and Joey Cannon, the 220-pound faceoff McBurney won was the most physical and tightly contested fight. McBurney, unable to make his move, was locked up with his opponent and ended the first two minutes in a scoreless tie. Following another period of maneuvering and figuring each other out, McBurney escaped with a 2-0 win for the Tigers.
“The kid was very athletic. He was denying George what he wanted to do. George persevered and kept the match in control and was able to win. That’s what you want out of your seniors; to know where they are in the match and being able to produce,” said Price.
After winning the first three matches, the Tigers won the next four matches due to forfeits. Out of the 14 total matches, 10 ended in forfeit wins for Chapel Hill.
“I wish they had some more kids so we could’ve wrestled some real matches. It’s tough for them when you come in with that few kids to get motivated, it’s tough for our kids to get motivated. But we had a good week of practice,” said Price.
Zach Allen, at 126, and Jack Davenport, 132, won by pins following the four straight forfeits. Allen, won his match with 1:19 left in the second period, and Davenport defeated his opponent with just 18 seconds left in the second.
“It’s tough. We weren’t very focused on the bench, but the kids who wrestled were focused; they were ready,” said Price. “That’s key to that situation. You never know what you’re going to get that night. You’ve got to be ready to wrestle no matter what. That’s what we try to instill in them.”