Strasburg wrestles to duals win

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School’s wrestling team prepared for one duals meet with another at home Wednesday by locking up easy victories over the three-team field by outstanding scores.

In a four-team format, Strasburg, the host, wrestled George Mason (a 59-15 victory), Madison County (54-24), East Hardy (West Virginia, 60-12) and another Mountain State school, Moorefield (66-18).

“It may help us get ready for our duals this weekend. So that was good. The main thing about Saturday is that the competition will be stiff. Everybody will fill out a lineup,” said Strasburg coach Mike Wood.

The Rams were the champions of a meet at Wilson Memorial; runnerup at Virginia power Eastern View and took a third-place finish at a Millbrook High School meet. They also were in the championship bracket of the Appalachian Duals at Skyline High School.

Coach Mike Wood’s team will bring back Wilson, along with arch-rival Clarke County, Heritage-Lynchburg, 6A George Marshall and Madison to the Saturday event. It is the defending champ of the Strasburg Duals this weekend-not to be confused with the four-squad affair Wednesday.

Most of the Rams were victorious as they were the only team to fill all their individual wrestling slots.

Among the most active wrestlers was Brandon Swink, wrestling at 120 pounds, who defeated a competitor from George Mason 18-3. He then dropped a Madison County competitor by fall. He won his match against East Hardy 15-5 and then earned his fourth victory by forfeit.

“We brought him along slowly last year because he was kind of tentative, and little by little he’s getting out of that,” said Wood.

Corie Baker 160), a senior, knocked off his George Mason opponent by pin, then pinned the Madison County foe. He lost to a wrestler from East Hardy only to turn around the Moorefield foe in 54 seconds by pin.

“From (113 to 118) we’re pretty experienced in there,” said Wood. “Eric Reynolds (132) is a senior, Swink is a junior, and most of the rest of them are pretty much juniors. And Ben Rodriguez is coming around,” said Wood.

Rodriguez, wrestling at 145, won two of his four matches by forfeit.

Saturday’s duals begin at 9:30 a.m. at the school gymnasium.