Huskies compete in MVAC wrestling tourney

By Nathan Ham -

BOONVILLE — Ashe County had a pair of runner-up finishes in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference 1A/2A Championship Tournament at Starmount on Saturday.

152-pounder John Reavis and 182-pounder Jake Shepherd made it to their respective championship matches before falling just short of a conference title.

Reavis pinned Alleghany’s Marcos Castillo in the first round and then followed that up with a 7-5 decision win over Elkin’s Phoenix Collins in the semifinals.

The championship match went to West Wilkes grappler Hunter Piepenbrok after he was able to pin Reavis to get the win.

For Shepherd, his tournament run started with a pinfall win over Juan Mendoza from North Wilkes. In the semifinals, Shepherd held on for a 3-1 decision win over Holden Perry from Elkin.

In the title match, East Wilkes’ Colby Cooper came out on top by pinning Shepherd for first place.

Ashe had wrestlers in three other weight classes. Caleb Cooper was pinned by Chimeco Barber of East Wilkes in the first round match and was knocked off by Elkin’s Carter Hanson in the consolation round at 106 pounds.

In the 120-pound division, Tate Miller suffered a pair of losses. Alleghany’s Jake Blevins pinned Miller in the first round and then Elkin’s Mikey Grubbs got the pinfall win in the consolation round.

Ashe’s final competitor was Harley Miller at 138 pounds. Miller scored a 20-3 technical fall over Luis Aquino from East Wilkes in the first round.

Alleghany’s Britt Weaver bounced Miller to the consolation bracket when he pinned him in the semifinals.

Anthony Lopez ended Miller’s tournament by a pinfall win in the consolation semifinals.

MVAC Champions

106: Dakota Roark (West Wilkes)

113: Ryan Patterson (Elkin)

120: Rylee Billings (West Wilkes)

126: Said Javier (Elkin)

132: Jackson Williams (Alleghany)

138: Britt Weaver (Alleghany)

145: Ethan Chipman (Elkin)

152: Hunter Piepenbrok (West Wilkes)

160: Gavin Huffman (North Wilkes)

170: Evan Adams (Wilkes Central)

182: Colby Cooper (East Wilkes)

195: Chris O’Campo (Wilkes Central)

220: Ernesto Ortiz (North Wilkes)

285: Michael Walker (Wilkes Central)

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By Nathan Ham

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