The Person High School wrestling team split a pair of Mid-State Conference matches in a tri-meet Thursday at Northern Guilford.
The Rockets coasted to a 50-19 victory against Rockingham County and fell to traditional conference powerhouse Northern Guilford, 47-25.
Person raced out to a quick 22-4 lead against Rockingham County after winning four of the first five weight classes. After a forfeit win at 138 pounds to open the match, Person’s Justin Breeze coasted to a 13-0 major decision win against Cameron Dalton at 145 pounds. Rockingham County got on the board with a major decision win at 152 pounds before Person’s Christian Milligan (160) and Nick Jimenez (170) followed with pinfall victories.
The Cougars answered with a pin at 182 pounds, but Person’s Keith Thompson made that momentum short lived as he defeated Hunter McCollum by a 12-4 major decision at 195 pounds.
Person picked up a forfeit win at 220 pounds and Marcus Vincent followed with a pinfall victory at 285 pounds over David Thomas.
Rockingham County picked up back-to-back wins as the weight classes rolled over, but the Rockets sealed the team win by sweeping the final three weight classes.
Logan Bates continued his strong start to the season with a pinfall win of Marcus Broadnax at 120 pounds and Landon Moser followed with a 9-4 win against Elijah Reichl.
Francisco Mondragon capped off the win for the Rockets with a 2-0 decision win over Jaden Tuttle at 132 pounds.
The Rockets were unable to rally after the Nighthawks opened the dual by winning four of the first weight classes.
Northern Guilford raced out to a 13-0 lead with wins at 132, 138 and 145 pounds before Alexander Martinez pinned Grayson Southern in the 152-pound match.
After a Nighthawk win at 160 pounds, Jimenez answered with a 14-5 major decision win over Owen Elwonder at 170 pounds.
Northern Guilford put the dual away by winning five of the next six classes, with the Rockets lone victory coming when Keith Thompson edged Cameron Kluttz, 5-1, at 195 pounds.
Person finished off the match with Bates earning a pinfall win against Zackary Dickerson at 120 pounds and a forfeit win at 126 pounds.
Person matmen to host Rocket Invitational Saturday
The Person High School wrestling team will be hosting their annual Rocket Invitational tournament today.
Action is set to begin at 10 a.m. and will last throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.
Nine teams are scheduled to join Person in the event, including nearby rivals Chapel Hill, Bartlett Yancey and Halifax (Va.).
The annual full-day of wrestling has been one of the highlights of the Person wrestling season, but the last two Rocket Invitationals have been canceled because of winter weather.