DUDLEY - Nagha Miles adjusted his headgear.
Before the sophomore heavyweight stepped onto the wrestling mat, head Southern Wayne coach AnTorio King offered some last-second advice.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on you, but man, if you win, we win,” King said.
Miles did his job.
He pinned East Wake’s Briyan Chestnut in 49 seconds.
But the victory left the Quad County 3A rivals deadlocked at 36-36 with all individual matches completed.
King sat nervously as the referee pulled out his rulebook and read through the tiebreaker criteria. The teams remained tied until the referee reached the ninth criteria - total first points scored in individual matches.
The Saints logged the first points in four of six bouts.
SW 37, East Wake 36.
“I’ve never went that far in my life as far as that in criteria,” King said. “The guys went out and fought hard, did the stuff that we’ve been working on. I’m pleased.”
The Saints collected six individual wins in all.
Wadshon-Pierre Louis (160 pounds) and Darren Harvey each pinned their respective opponent in the opening period. Frankie Nunez (106), Oswaldo Quiroz (125) and Daylan Kornegay (170) each received a forfeit.
Kornegay picked up the Saints’ lone points in a 76-6 loss to traditional powerhouse Southwest Onslow later in the evening.
“They have middle school and youth wrestling out that way, which is what we’re trying to get down here as far as club wrestling so by the time they get to high school they’re not so far behind with the basics,” King said.
“It was a good experience to get those guys to come so our guys can see what a little better-level wrestling is and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys.”