Ready to Rumble
Wrestling invitational returns to NHS
Tournament will feature 16 schools
By Malcolm Shields
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Earlier this week, Northeastern wrestling coach Larenzo King noted that he was a little worried about the prospects of the River City Invitational taking place today.
With the region still thawing out from the snow storm that struck the area on Jan. 4 along with other area sporting events either being postponed or canceled, it wasn’t a given that the annual wrestling tournament would be held this weekend.
The 2017 edition of the invitational was postponed by a snow storm and held later in January.
The worries of a repeat situation this time around have subsided as the snow and ice are mostly gone.
Northeastern is set to host the one-day invitational today.
The first match will begin around 9:30 a.m.
King noted that a school did back out of the invitational, but the opening was filled.
The invitational is set to feature 16 schools.
Along with Northeastern, other area schools confirmed to compete in the event are John A. Holmes, Currituck and Pasquotank.
Also committed to compete in the invitational are regional schools Manteo, First Flight, Cape Hatteras and Hertford County.
Other programs locked in to compete are Roanoke Rapids, New Kent (Va.), Norview (Va.), Denbigh (Va.), King’s Fork (Va.), Lake Taylor (Va.), Booker T. Washington (Va.) and Woodrow Wilson (Va.).
Many of the schools from Virginia are based in Hampton Roads.
Most schools in the area have not been able to compete over the past week because of the snow storm.
NHS was able to get in some work before today’s tournament with a match at First Flight on Thursday.
“The younger guys got some confidence,” King said of Thursday’s match.
The coach added that the match allowed the younger wrestlers to work and push themselves.
For today’s invitational, wrestlers to watch for Northeastern are Jonathan Ward (138 pounds), Dylan Herman (195 pounds) Raven Atkins (285 pounds) and Scott Marazoff (120 pounds).
Currituck junior Albert Harris (220 pounds), freshman Samuel Hodge (106 pounds), sophomore Trent Walker (145 pounds) and junior Tyler Ingram (132 pounds) could be contenders for the Knights.
Javiaughn Basnight (132 pounds), Darrien Stutz (220 pounds), Dallas Senay (120 pounds) and Thong Tran (152 pounds) are expected wrestlers to watch for Pasquotank.
Edenton is expected to be led by Ky’Vaughn Rome (220 pounds) and Tim White (182 pounds).