Packers win ninth straight conference title – Washington Daily News

The Packers won their ninth straight conference title

Posted at 16:52, Monday, January 16, 2023

The Washington High School wrestling team took advantage of its home mat advantage Saturday en route to its ninth straight Eastern Plains Conference dual championship.

The Pack defeated SouthWest Edgecombe and Greene Central, 75-6, North Pitt 64-15, Ayden-Grifton 48-24 and West Craven 46-34 to finish the league season 10-0.

“It’s a great kind of routine to get into,” coach Chris Penhollow said. “That’s one of our team’s goals every year and all of our guys showed up and did their job.”

The championship means the Pack will be the top seed in its four-team bracket when the state team tournament begins on Jan. 28.

DeShaun Smith won all four contested matches at 285 pounds, as did Bryant Smith at 152.

Junior Christian Price went 3-0 at 106, while Kalil Rogers (4-1) at 170 and freshman Evan Makepeace (3-1) at 145 had strong meets, according to Penhall.

“We have good depth throughout our lineup and it showed Saturday,” Penholov said. “We competed well. In every weight class over the years and that’s the key to winning nine in a row.”

The only blemish of the day came when sophomore Gabe Davis injured his right knee during the 195-pound match against rival Ayden-Grifton. Davis was unable to continue, and Penholov isn’t sure if he’ll be back for the first few games of the state tournament.

“I hate it for hmm because he’s been fighting really well lately,” Penhollow said. “The other guy accidentally fell on his knee and Gabe couldn’t continue. We’ll be happy to have him back when that happens.”

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