The trip to neighboring Mitchell County has been a sweet one for the McDowell Titan wrestling for some time – three straight years, to be exact.
McDowell captured the Mitchell Mountaineer Dual Tournament championship Sunday in Bakersville, their third consecutive title in the event. That run of championships was preceded by back-to-back runner-up finishes, so the Titans have had a solid half-decade at the tournament.
“I was proud of the guys; they did a good job,” said Titans head coach Tim Hutchins.
McDowell 126-pounder Toney McGee made it three in a row as well, going 5-0 and earning Most Outstanding Wrestler honors for the lightweights.
McDowell went 4-0 in its pool. The Titans beat Tuscola 69-12; Ashe County 70-9; Erwin 63-14; and Dobyns-Bennett (Tenn.) 53-18. The Titans faced the Mountaineers in the championship, and claimed a hard-fought 39-31 decision over the host team.
Three other Titans joined McGee with 5-0 marks.
Alldyn Conley (120 pounds), Jacob Phillips (152) and Aaron Duncan (285) were all perfect in the tournament. Phillips took four of his victories by pin, while Duncan scored three pins to go with a pair of forfeits.
Daniel Maynor (138) went 4-1 with four pins. Channing Watson (145) and Connor Good (160) also posted 4-1 records.
Six Titans were 3-2. Both losses for Aaron Buchanan (170) came in overtime heart-breakers. Calvin Stevenson (106), Toby Finn (113), Dante Quitman (132), Josh Morgan (182) and Joe Hullette (220) all went 3-2.
Aamon Haynes (195) was 2-3.
The Titans improved to 18-1 on the season with their five-win day at Mitchell. McDowell is on the road tonight (Tuesday) at R-S Central. The match was originally to have been a quad, but other teams backed out, leaving just the Titans and Hilltoppers.
McDowell is at the Maiden Tournament Friday.