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Trojan wrestlers open season with three victories

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 The West Brunswick High School wrestling team opened its season with three victories in a tournament Nov. 23 at St. Pauls High School.

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In a 70-6 victory against St. Pauls, West had eight victories by fall: Allan Plueger at 113, Porfirio Bautista at 120, Campbell Alspaugh at 132, David Frazier at 138, Albert Landa at 170, Aubrey Creighton at 182, Michael Dobbins at 195 and Jordan Smith at 285.

Jyquan Green won by major decision at 126 and Dakota Smith won by decision at 220.

In a 63-15 victory against Triton, West had six victories by fall: Nick Augone at 106, Green in 30 seconds at 126, Alspaugh in 45 seconds at 132, Peyton Tipton in 47 seconds at 152, Sterlin Fullerton at 160 and Malek King at 220.

Francisco Barron won 8-7 at 138.

In a 60-18 victory against Purnett Swett, West had nine victories by fall: Bautista at 120, Green at 126, Alspaugh at 132, Frazier at 138, Michael Nelson at 145, Tipton at 152, Fullerton at 160, Michael Dobbins at 182, Dakota Smith at 195.

Matthew Tippett won 11-5 at 106 and Joe Gore won 9-4 at 285.

The Trojans opened their home season Nov. 26 with a match against Hope Mills South View Tigers, who won 46-28.

The Trojans scored most of their points in the lower and middleweights in taking a 22-10 lead.

At 120, Bautista, a freshman, won by fall in the second period. At 126, sophomore Ethan Brooks won by fall in 59 seconds.  At 132, Alspaugh, a junior, won by pin in 1:28. At 145, Nelson,  a sophomore, won 15-7, giving West a 22-10 lead.

South View won six straight matches — the last four by fall — in taking a 40-22 lead and clinching the victory.

West’s other victory was by sophomore Jordan Smith, who won by fall in 30 seconds at heavyweight.

West had two other close matches. Tipton, a sophomore, lost 7-6 at 152 pounds. Fullerton, also a sophomore, lost 11-9 in overtime at 160 pounds.

The Trojans also wrestled Lumberton (results unavailable for this edition).

West’s next home tournament is the Caleb Hawkins tournament Saturday, Dec. 7.