Bandys tops Maiden on mat to earn 2A playoff berth

In a battle that decided the second-place finisher in the Catawba Valley 2A wrestling standings, Bandys got the best of Maiden.

Ahead 22-19, the Trojans (17-11, 7-1) rattled off 21 consecutive points to earn a runner-up finish in the conference and a spot in the 2A playoffs.

"I had a feeling they would bump up their guys on weight," said Bandys coach Sean McIntosh. "They've been doing it all year, especially their 152-, 160- and 170-pound guys. I just chose to wrestle them heads-up. It panned out for us."

Despite the loss, the third-place finish in the conference for Maiden is its highest in recent years.

"Give them the credit. They wrestled hard," Maiden coach Sean McGovern said. "Bandys wanted it more. I know my guys aren't real happy with their effort right now. We're going home with a bad taste in our mouth, but hopefully that will keep us hungry and wrestling hard."

McGovern credited the loss with his team's inability to perform its best and gain ground on its opponent.

"Early on, there were some tight matches," he said. "We lost some toss-up matches, in my opinion. There were good matches at 126 and 138 pounds. Those were close matches. We came up short on those. I think those could have gone a long way to building some momentum. We just never seemed to be able to build any momentum. Give credit to those guys. Bandys really out-wrestled us tonight."

Perhaps the night's most outstanding match was in the 160-pound weight class, featuring Maiden senior Richard Kerekes (32-0) and Bandys sophomore Andrew Brotherton (22-12).

The elder senior Kerekes outlasted Brotherton in a close 10-6 decision.

"(Richard) Kerekes, I would say, is bar-none the best wrestler in the conference," McIntosh said. "He is a 152-pounder, but bumped up and beat our guy, Andrew Brotherton, at 160 pounds. Andrew was undefeated in conference. He gave Kerekes a good match, but I was just hoping he'd come out on top."

McIntosh said he was also proud of junior Anthony Christopher, who bounced back Tuesday with a pinfall victory against Christian Hammons at 220 pounds.

"Anthony did a good job," McIntosh said. "He's rebounded from a few losses. He came out here and got the pin for us. He did a good job."

Overall McIntosh is proud of his team's effort during not only Tuesday's match, but this season, as well.

"The final score puts us second in conference," he said. "That gets us in the playoffs. That was one of our goals this year. We've done well this season."

Bandys 43, Maiden 19
106: Darren Parrish (B) dec. Ben Mayo, 5-2
113: Gavin Thomas (M) wins via forfeit
120: Garrett Hinson (B) wins via forfeit
126: Alec Crowe (B) dec. Jacob Hewitt, 6-4
132: Camron Crowe (B) maj. dec. Bradley Webb, 20-9
138: Zack Johnson (B) dec. Ethan Stewart, 5-3
145: Gage Issac (M) maj. dec. Timmy Lunsford, 14-4
152: Tanner Sponhouse (B) pin Tristan Yates
160: Richard Kerekes (M) dec. Andrew Brotherton, 10-6
170: Evan Spears (M) dec. Bob Jolly, 7-2
182: Brett Carlile (M) dec. Zac Whisnant, 9-5
195: Peter Guiraud (B) wins via forfeit
220: Anthony Christopher (B) pin Christian Hammons
285: Matt Bulen (B) pin Taylor Thornburg