Nathan Moore didn't think his 120-pound match with Winfield's Bryce Ledford should've been the most exciting of the entire wrestling dual Thursday between the Orioles and Vikings.
Moore gave up a silly re-shot to Ledford, and the two exchanged reversals as Ledford led 4-2 after the first period. But Moore started the second period up and held down Ledford the entire period. In the final period, Moore got a quick takedown, then another one later for a 7-5 lead. Ledford nearly pulled off a reversal to tie the match, but Moore stayed strong to hang on for the win via decision.
Moore was one of nine Orioles to win his match as Augusta dominated a young Winfield team for a 67-3 blowout. The Orioles improve to 12-1 in duals on the season.
"Yes, we dominated. They were young. They're all freshmen and sophomores on their team," coach Brandon Terry said. "We did some really good things. There's a few things, mostly being coachable issues I talked to them about, but other than that, we had a pretty solid night."
Moore always has made his conditioning a point of emphasis, which proved to be the different Thursday.
"I feel like I out-toughed him at the end," Moore said.
"He really gutted that out," Terry said of Moore. "There were a couple things he could've done better so he wouldn't have had to gut it out, but he goes pretty hard and leaves everything he's got out there typically."
Moore agreed that he had chances to wrestle better by not giving up some points.
"At the beginning, he got the first takedown. Also, he nearly switched me at the end," Moore said.
Still, Moore has continued his improvement this season. His brother Josh Moore (126) has done the same. Josh defended some good shots by Payton Smith in the period of their bout. He started down in Period 2 and got a quick escape, then scored on a quick re-shot for a 3-0 lead. In the final period, he lifted and tripped Smith for another takedown and finished off the match with a 7-2 victory.
Tyler Hildibrand (106) started the dual strongly with a pin at the :37 mark. He lifted Cameron Conover and, while holding him in the air, cradled him to the mat that led to the easy pin, the first of five pins for Augusta. Winfield also had four open weight divisions.
The Orioles stayed on their toes for the most part all night. Several Vikings took good shots that the Orioles defended well. They also set themselves up for quick scores after escapes or on re-shots to take control of the Vikings throughout the night.
"There was a couple of them that did a real nice job on their re-shots," Terry said. "They score their one, score their two. And that's something we drill."
Kalaeb Bratton (138) won a convincing 9-0 match against Cole Conover. Bratton out-muscled Conover and reacted quickly enough to anything Conover threw at him.
Connor Spellman (145) got a fast takedown by lifting Devon Smith high in the air for the only takedown he needed in the match.
Rob Winzer (152) had his endurance tested a little against Isaac Bailey. Winzer got the only takedown through two period before finishing off the match with a 5-2 win.
Cody Thompson (182) used a cradle to get a fast, dominating pin at the :34 mark. Ian O'Laughlin (220) needed just 12 seconds for his pin that he landed on the first throw of the match.
In junior varsity action, Shane Bosley picked up a pair of wins with pins. Andrew Duncan and Caleb Strack also got wins with pins for the Orioles. Trent Failes got shaken up after getting pinned hard, but was able to leave under his own power.
Augusta is off Saturday and will return to action Thursday at Wellington.