Bartlett Yancey's wrestlers took down conference foes Jordan Matthews and Graham last week in competitions in which most matches were decided by forfeit because teams didn't have wrestlers to match up in a number of weight classes.
It was also a week in which Covid's rapidly spreading Omicron variant forced cancellations.
The Bucs defeated JM 41-24, winning two of the only three matches in which both teams could match up wrestlers. Sophomore Juel Hunter won his first match by pin at 160 pounds and veteran Dylan Wall, a senior, won by technical fall at 220 pounds.
BY defeated Graham 42-21, again by winning the forfeit battle.
“We had some guys missing in weight classes that we could wrestle them in, but we still came out with a victory as we had more wrestlers on our team than Graham,” wrote coach Rick Hill in an email.
The Bucs had to cancel last weekend's home Buccaneer Cup tournament because of Covid concerns. North Moore and JM pulled out of this Wednesday's matches before Christmas “and with the Covid uptick I didn't want to replace the match,” Hill wrote in a text message.
“It was a disappointment this week to not be able to have our tournament on Saturday, however we wanted to proceed with caution to not expose our wrestlers to other teams and cause a spread,” wrote in an email.
Last week's wins put the Bucs at 7-1 on the season, 4-1 in conference competition. That has them in second place behind Seaforth, which is undefeated in the conference and accounts for the Bucs' only loss. (BY's subsequent win over Seaforth did not count in the conference standings.)
The Bucs wrap up the conference season on Saturday against Cummings, JM and nonconference Voyager Academy. After that comes the State Duals competition on Jan. 29.
The Bucs are next scheduled for action on Saturday at Cummings in the annual Andy Hawks Duals. They will be one of 10 mostly Triad area teams competing.