The Enterprise High School wrestling team had its hands full last week with a home tri-match and an away dual.
Enterprise kicked off the week with a tri-match at home against Dothan and Russell County on Jan. 7.
First up, Enterprise tied with Dothan 42-42 before falling 42-41 to Russell County in the second match.
Against Dothan Loriah Castro gave Enterprise its first win via pinfall over Destiny Richburg in the 138-pound division followed by Colby Clark getting a pinfall win over Dothan’s Sirrell Reese in the 195-pound weight class.
Enterprise’s Joey Tarlavsky pinned Dothan’s Brian Mitchell in the 220-pound weight class and Dakotah Barber also gave Enterprise a win in the 285-pound division over Dothan’s Reggie Myhand via pinfall.
Enterprise’s final on-the-mat win saw Zachary McFarland pin Dothan’s Heath Robinson at 120 pounds.
Lucas Hale (182 pounds) and Cody Kirk (106 pounds) picked up forfeit wins for Enterprise, while Kenneith Leib (152 pounds), Xavier Torress (160 pounds), Samuel Mason (170 pounds), David Best (113 pounds) and Terrance Brown (132 pounds) all fell via pinfall.
Dothan’s Joshua Coleman (145 pounds) and Aiden Blackwell (126 pounds) earned forfeit wins.
Dothan got the overall win via the most near-fall points, edging Enterprise 12-9 in near-falls.
Against Russell County, Enterprise started off with three straight losses before Nathan Schmidt gave EHS a pinfall over Russell County’s Eduardo Hernandez in the 152-pound division.
Clark also earned a pinfall over Russell County’s Jimmy Cornelius at 195 pounds and Tarlavsky defeated Russell County’s Brandon Gaskins by pinfall at 220 pounds.
Kirk picked up a pinfall over Russell County’s Julian Anthony at 106 pounds and McFarland earned a dominating 18-1 decision over Shelby Fugate at 113 pounds.
Enterprise’s Torress (160 pounds) and Mason (170 pounds) earned forfeit wins, while Castro (132 pounds), Brown (138 pounds), Hale (182 pounds), Barber (285 pounds) and Best (120 pounds) fell via pinfall.
Russell County’s Tatianna Bulens (126 pounds) and Curtis Wilson (145) won forfeit victories.
The Wildcats traveled to Dothan on Thursday, Jan. 9, to face off against Houston Academy in a dual and came away with a dominating 64-12 win.
The showdown with Houston Academy featured a matchup at 120 pounds between two friends in Enterprise sophomore Zach McFarland and Houston Academy freshman Kennan Beaver.
During the offseason both compete for Enterprise’s Assassins Wrestling Club and the two traveled to Orlando, Fla., over the summer and competed in the AAU Disney Duals National Wrestling Tournament. Both have also had astellar 2019-2020 high school season with McFarland coming into the match with a 22-4 record and Beaver holding a 10-2 record.
Neither wrestler was able to earn a pinfall but McFarland walked away with a 10-2 decision win over his friend.
“Zach’s been great,” Enterprise coach Matt Pipkins said of McFarland. “He’s really been wrestling with a lot of intensity and has been a hammer for us.
“He knew he was going to have to have that role (this season) and he has been pushing himself to make it back to state and put in all the extra work that it takes to be a champion.”
In other action, Enterprise’s Brown picked up a pinfall over Houston Academy’s Peyton Sanders in the 138-pound weight-class and Leib also gave Enterprise a pinfall win over Houston Aacademy’s Jay Morris at 145 pounds.
Torress gave Enterprise another pinfall win over Krish Anand of Houston Academy in a 160-pound matchup.
Also, 285-pounder Barber gave the Wildcats a pinfall win over Houston Academy’s Reilly Harvin followed by Enterprise’s Kirk getting a pin over Houston Academy’s Trip Rane at 106 pounds.
Enterprise’s Mason (160 pounds), Hale (170 pounds), Mayse (113 pounds), Clark (195 pounds) and Tarlavsky (220 pounds) earned forfeit wins, as well.
Houston Academy’s Lucius Renshaw (126 pounds) earned a forfeit win and 132-pounder Andrew Gil picked up a pinfall over Enterprise’s Loriah Castro to give Houston Academy its only wins of the dual.
“I think we’re improving and practice is really helping us,” Pipkins said. “I really think our conditioning is really paying off, too.
“I think we handled (the week) really well. We let two (matches) slip away from us but we just have to regroup and get refocused. We have another busy week next week, too.”
Enterprise hosts Houston Academy on Jan. 16 and travels to Smiths Station for a tournament on Jan. 17.