By Jeff Mapes
In the last athletic competition of 2022, the Davis Wolves wrestling team posted a 42-36 dual win at Pauls Valley Dec. 20.
The two squads were tied 36-36 going into the final match. Wrestling at 285 pounds, Wolves senior Kobe England secured the team victory when he pinned Pauls Valley’s Levi Caudle with 1:01 in the first period.
Lady Wolves grappler Cayden Buckaloo wrestled in an exhibition match and won 13-2.
In the boys’ dual, both teams won three of the six matches from the 14 weight classes. Davis won four matches by forfeit while the Panthers took three.
Pauls Valley claimed an early 12-0 lead after the first two matches. The Wolves’ Dalton Johnson suffered a pin to Cael Copeland at 106 with 32 seconds in the first period. Ethan Bradley won by forfeit at 113.
Quaid Martin put Davis on the scoreboard with his pin at 120. The sophomore trimmed the margin to 12-6 with his fall against Charles Newell at 3:14 in the second.
Pauls Valley extended the lead to 24-6 with forfeits in the next two weights. The Panthers’ Josh Lewis won at 126, as did Celson Barahona at 132.
Davis won by forfeit in four of the next five matches and gained its first lead. Haiden Bridges won at 138, Jett Jennings won at 150, Luke Johnson won at 165 and Maverick Alexander won at 175.
Neither team matted a wrestler at 157.
Nestled amongst those forfeits, the Wolves’ Ethan May notched a fall at 144. The junior pinned Cody McLaustin with 37 seconds in the first period.
Following Alexander’s forfeit, Davis held a 36-24 advantage with three matches remaining.
Pauls Valley tied the score at 36 with falls in the next two weights. Cooper Russell pinned the Wolves’ Coltyn Horton at 190 with 2:51 in the second. Honory Copeland pinned Mason Tomlinson at 2:56 in the second.
The pins set up the drama for England at the heavyweight division.
The victory marks the first dual win of the season for Davis.
The Wolves will return to action Jan. 6-7 when they enter a dual tournament at Grapevine, Texas.