Bucs kings of Mideastern mats

Laney’s Adam Holden (top) pins Hoggard’s James Sciales in a 120-pound weight class match. (Photo by Photo courtesy of New Bern Sun Journal)

For the first time since New Bern joined the Mideastern Conference, the Bears didn’t win the dual team wrestling championships.

Laney won all five matches Saturday, and beat New Bern head-to-head, to end the Bears’ run of three consecutive conference dual team titles.

“It means a ton to the program,” Laney coach Jon Mauney said. “As far as I know, we haven’t done this in about four years. We are getting that opportunity to do it, and we wanted to win it in the present conference before the conference is disseminated.

“It means a ton to these kids. They’ve worked really hard.”

New Bern went 4-1, including a 44-23 loss to Laney.

Laney’s Adan Hardy (113), Cole Plott (138 pounds), Brian Capps (195), Grant Bowman (220) and Larry Williams (285) had pins.

Pa Sanneh (152) had New Bern’s lone pin.

“Laney is a tough team,” New Bern coach Bo Lansche said. “We knew they were going to be tough coming in.

“I told the guys all year that we can’t allow ourselves to get pinned and win big matches. We were within two or three points, then we gave up two more pins.”

New Bern freshman Dalton Hill gave Laney’s two-time state qualifier Marcel Burns a fight before losing the match 6-5 at 170 pounds.

Laney notched wins over New Bern (44-23), J.H. Rose (65-10), New Hanover (70-9), Hoggard (51-21) and Ashley (63-13).

David Bastian (106), Plott (138), Burns (171), Capps (195) and Bowman (220) were perfect in the tournament.

“It’s mainly the kids and the attitudes they have this year,” Mauney said. “A lot of these kids have been in the program for a while. The kids are making it happen.”

Hoggard and Ashley each went 2-3, Rose won one match and New Hanover went winless.

“You have to take every match one at a time,” Mauney said. “We try to tell our kids that every match they wrestle is the most important one of the season.”

The teams meet in Wilmington on Feb. 9 for the conference individual championships.


By Adam Thompson,  New Bern Sun Journal