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Holmes leads Eagles on the road

By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on January 10, 2008 3:25 PM

SNOW HILL -- Josh Holmes ignited an early-match run and the Rosewood wrestling team romped past Greene Central 64-18 on Tuesday evening.

The Rams, of the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, seized a 12-6 lead after the completion of three individual bouts. John Anderson (135 pounds) and Jonathan Jones (140) each pinned their respective opponent, which created a 12-6 advantage.

Holmes quickly stopped the momentum. The 145-pounder pinned Ian Whitson in just 64 seconds to fuel a match-clinching 58-6 run. Teammates Jacob Roberts (152) and Andrew Sass (160) followed with back-to-back falls as Rosewood built a 24-12 lead.

"Josh started us in the right direction," said Rosewood head coach Bill Edmundson. "He has been a team motivator since the beginning of the season. Jacob has been impressive for the past few weeks as well."

Eddie Smith notched the final individual win for Greene Central, a second-period fall over Jonathan Rudolph. From there, the match belonged to the Eagles.

Brandon Dean (189), J.P. Person (215) and heavyweight Trevor Morris each earned a pin. Olivia Neal (103), who is nearing the 100-win mark for her career, and Kelly Cosgrove (112) each received a forfeit.

Andy Seaman's major decision at 119 pounds and J.D. Baker's third-period pin at 125 concluded Rosewood's scoring. Baker led 13-1 before pinning the Rams' James Thomas.

"J.D. is the most-intense worker on the team and I believe he is having fun this season," said Edmundson.

Rosewood (14-9 overall) returns to action Saturday for the Carolina 1-A Conference dual-team tournament. The Eagles are seeking their 12th regular-season league championship.

Rosewood 64

Greene Central 18

130 -- Scott Pate (R) wbf Colvin Gay, 1 minute, 32 seconds; 135 -- John Anderson (GC) wbf Sammy Ennis, 0:30; 140 -- Jonathan Jones (GC) wbf Cameron Lowe, 1:56; 145 -- Josh Holmes (R) wbf Ian Whitson, 1:04; 152 -- Jacob Roberts (R) wbf Philip Duford, 2:59; 160 -- Andrew Sass (R) wbf Tyrone Sutton, 1:44; 171 -- Eddie Smith (GC) wbf Jonathan Rudolph, 3:20; 189 -- Brandon Dean (R) wbf Michael Baker, 1:29; 215 -- J.P. Person (R) wbf Cedric Sauls, 1:52; Hwt -- Trevor Morris (R) wbf Josh Jones, 2:55; 103 -- Olivia Neal (R) by forfeit; 112 -- Kelly Cosgrove (R) by forfeit; 119 -- Andy Seaman (R) maj. dec. Xavier Hall, 17-4; 125 -- J.D. Baker (R) wbf James Thomas, 5:16.

Records: Rosewood 14-9.

Next match: Saturday, home in Carolina 1-A Conference dual-team tournament.