Wrestling: Heritage 57, Enloe 20

Huskies headed in right direction

cgrant@newsobserver.comJanuary 11, 2014 

— Heritage’s wrestling team is on a two-week match schedule break, but head coach Bryan Welsh said the Huskies will continue to build the young program during the time off.

“Our program’s going in the right direction,” Welsh said. “We just continue to train hard every day and we try to compete. We have a break. We’re going to keep working in the practice room and keep building the team and we’re going to prepare for our next match.”

Heritage, in its fourth year of competition, topped Enloe 57-20 in a Cap Eight dual Monday for its first conference win of the season.

Junior Derek Rice (113 pounds), freshman Anthony Brito (126), sophomore Spencer Westcott (132), senior Tierre Davis (138), senior Robert Berry (152), junior Tyler Slade (170) and senior Dilon Campbell (220) each won their respective matches by pin for Heritage.

Charlie Barefoot, a freshman, won the 145-pound match by 6-1 decision over Enloe’s Ian Tisdale.

“The main goal is to develop a competitive program that stays true to the sport – hard work, dedication and commitment,” Welsh said. “We just keep building the freshmen and sophomore class because they’re the future. We approach it like an investment. We’re going to invest the time and energy into the athletes and we just want them to give 100 percent.”

For second-year Enloe coach Eric Manstedt, this year’s team is still a work in progress.

Returning Enloe wrestler Ishaq Ibrahim (106) won by 11-4 decision over Heritage’s Maxwell Vandenberg, and Guy Kunzman (120) won by technical fall over Billy Bosse Monday.

Senior James Martin (160) won by pin over Heritage’s Brendan McLuckie.

“I only had about five kids come back on the team that were with me last year, so we pretty much started over again to some regard,” he said, adding that five of his first-year wrestlers are freshmen. “I do look forward to the things to come if we can keep them all out and get them back, but we’ve improved every week.

“There are a lot of good things coming. We just planted the crops and we’ve got a long way to go before we harvest. Our biggest thing is just gaining mat time and experience ... and getting a program going that Enloe’s never had.”

Heritage’s William Stroud (182) and Tim Ziegler (195), and Enloe’s Corey Hodges (285) all won by forfeit.

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