One match was as close as it could be, another nearly as big a blowout as possible. The third was somewhere in between.
But they had this much in common: The McDowell Titans won all three of them.
McDowell edged West Wilkes on tiebreaker criteria in a match that ended 42-42, pummeled Watauga 81-0 and beat South Caldwell 53-21 in a quad at West Wilkes Tuesday night. McDowell improved to 6-0 with the victory and has two shutout wins in its first six duals. The Titans compete in the North Henderson tournament Saturday.
“It was another good night,” said McDowell head coach Tim Hutchins. “The guys wrestled well. The match with West Wilkes was incredible.”
The first tiebreaker, individual wins, was even. Pins were even, too. Eventually, the criterion that broke the deadlock was most first takedowns in individual bouts, and the Titans had a slight edge, making them 43-42 winners officially.
In the Watauga victory, every win was either by pin or forfeit except one, a decision victory by Daniel Maynor at 138 pounds.
Five Titans had perfect nights.
Aaron Buchanan (170 pounds) went 3-0 with three first-period pins. Josh Morgan (182) was also 3-0 with three pins. Jacob Phillips (152) was 3-0 with two pins. Dante Quitman (132) and Toney McGee (126) were also 3-0.
Calvin Stevenson (106), Maynor, Channing Watson (145), Connor Good (160), Tice Edwards (220) and Aaron Duncan (285) all went 2-1.
Tobey Finn (113), wrestling for the first time this season, went 1-2 with both losses coming to State qualifiers. Alldyn Conley (120) was 1-2, falling to a state champ and a state qualifier.
Aamon Haynes (195) suffered an injury in his first bout and went 0-1. Trevor Kettles filled in afterward and went 1-1.
McDowell is at West Henderson next Tuesday for a quad with Brevard and Owen (5 p.m.).