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Milestone victory

High School Wrestling | Basnight leads Panthers over Eagles and Bears

Pasquotank senior reaches 100 wins at tri-meet victory

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Pasquotank's Javiaughn Basnight (right) wrestles against Northeastern's Jonathan Ward during the tri-meet at Northeastern, Tuesday. Basnight won the match on a 7-1 decision.

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By Craig Moyer
Sports Writer

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pasquotank’s Javiaughn Basnight has proved himself as one of the best wrestlers in the area over the last four seasons and now the senior has a record next to his name that not many ever achieve.

Basnight earned his 100th career win in a match against Hertford County at a tri-meet along with Northeastern on Tuesday night at Northeastern.

A two-time all-area selection, Basnight reached triple digits in the win column by pinning a Hertford County wrestler just 53 seconds into their match.

“It’s a huge accomplishment, it shows all the hard work I have put in all four years and it’s a happy feeling to make it finally,” Basnight said.

The senior earned six points for Pasquotank with the pin and helped his team earn a 60-24 win over the Bears to open the tri-meet.

The Panthers also earned pins against Hertford County from Darrien Stutz just 26 seconds into his match and Thong Tran at 1:25.

Tran and Basnight both finished 2-0 at the match for the Panthers.

Pasquotank head coach Jonathan Sutton, who spent his high school wrestling career at Northeastern, announced Basnight’s 100th win to the crowd as fans for both Northeastern and Pasquotank applauded the accomplishment.

Sutton said his team has added motivation when they wrestle at Northeastern and see their head coach and his brother’s names on the wall.

Basnight is just the fourth wrestler in Pasquotank history to reach 100 wins and Sutton said that the accomplishment will help the entire program.

“It’s good for him, our team and for the kids behind him who want to get to that mark or even pass it,” Sutton said.

For Basnight, who spent his first two high school seasons at Northeastern, the ability to wrestle tough opponents during the regular season will be a plus heading towards regional and state meets.

In his second match of the night, Basnight was bumped up a weight class to face a former teammate in Northeastern’s Jonathan Ward.

The two fought hard, from the opening whistle to the final horn, but in the end it was Basnight coming away with a 7-1 decision for his 101st win.

“It was a great test, from being teammates two years ago, it was just a great test and I am proving myself daily,” Basnight said.

Sutton said he likes seeing his top wrestlers go against opponents’s top performers, also noting the match between Stutz and Northeastern’s Dylan Herman as a great challenge.

“You get those matches in now so when it comes to regionals and states, it is not brand new to you, you can thrive and you have been in the situation before so you know what to do,” Sutton said.

The match between Herman and Stutz was one of several closely-contested matches between the Eagles and Panthers.

Both wrestlers will likely contend for regional and state titles later in the season, but on Tuesday it was Herman coming away with the 3-2 decision to earn three points for the Eagles.

Pasquotank’s Carlos Cardenas earned another narrow victory when he recorded a point in the final seconds to defeat Northeastern’s Tristen Barr by a 15-14 decision.

Northeastern head coach Larenzo King said he was proud of his team working hard over the break and working hard in their first match of the new year despite being short-handed due to some injuries.

King said the team was coming off a strong top-10 performance in their tournament before the break, but were forced to surrender a lot of points by forfeit.

“We can’t make excuses, we put the singlets on and go out there and wrestle our hardest and hope for a good outcome,” King said.

Pasquotank went on to defeat Northeastern 53-15 in the final match of the tri-meet.

Northeastern’s Scott Marazoff earned six points for the Eagles with a pin of Pasquotank’s Isac Riddle just before the end of the second round at 3:55.

Marazoff and Herman both finished 2-0 for the Eagles.

In the second match of the night, Northeastern came away with a 36-24 win over Hertford County.

The Eagles and Bears were tied at 24 with just two matches remaining, that is when two Northeastern wrestlers came away with pin victories to earn a win for the Eagles.

First, Justin Barr recorded a pin over Hertford County’s Rayshard Brown at 4:50 to give the Eagles a 30-24 lead with one match remaining.

In the final match, Herman pinned Eric Jones just 57 seconds into their match to seal the 36-24 win for Northeastern.

King said his team had will get back to the drawing board and continue to work hard for the rest of the season.

With multiple matches coming down to the wire, both head coaches stressed the importance of fighting hard for the entire match.

“We preach to our guys to wrestle from whistle to whistle and that is what they are doing for us,” King said.

For Sutton, who said his family and many of his wrestler’s families were at the match, it is always interesting to wrestle at Northeastern.

“It’s just a matter of staying focused, it’s always good to come to Northeastern and wrestle them and go hard,” Sutton said.

Pasquotank returns to action Jan. 9 as they host Currituck for a dual match.

Northeastern travels to Edenton for the Henry ‘Coach O' Overton Memorial Duals hosted by John A. Holmes, Saturday.

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