Southern, Northern meet on the mats

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Northern and Southern middle schools wrestling teams competed in a tri-meet Friday.

The Panthers were forced to forfeit seven weight classes in each dual and fell to Stanback, 61-30 and to Northern, 54-42.

Southern and Stanback evenly split all 10 weight classes that competed on the mat.

Nathan Dunn (85), Peyton Fie (115), Landon Lemaire (122) and Logan Whitfield (128) were all victorious by first-period pin, while 147-pounder Julian Walker finished off his opponent in the second period.

Southern won five of the nine matches against in-county rival Northern.

Heaven Bowes (heavyweight), Dunn (85) and Landon Lemaire (122) won by first-period pin, while Christian Lemaire (100) and Fie picked up second-period victories.

The Panthers opened the week with a 90-12 loss to Stanford Monday.

Landon Lemaire and Walker earned Southern’s lone victories.

Despite the lopsided score, SMS coach Jarrett Weaver saw things he liked.

“This is the match we prepare for each year and it did not disappoint,” Weaver said. “Lots of matches could have gone either way. Our wrestlers fought tough and hard each match and never gave up. Overall, I am happy with the level of improvement I saw, but there is still more to work on. It was nice to hear so many compliments from other teams’ coaches and parents on how well our team wrestled.”

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