All good things, even some of the best of them, must come to an end.
Mooresville High School’s wrestling team can most definitely relate.
The Blue Devils ended their years-long stay in no worse than in a share — and for the majority of that time alone outright — atop the I-Meck Conference standings following a down-to-the-wire, 34-27 defeat dropped to Hough High.
Doing in the MHS gym for the first dual-team outing of the 2020 segment of the season split-year schedule, Mooresville took the matter right down to the final weight class match on the night’s full card before watching its extended streak of unbeaten bouts opposite I-Meck competition come to a close.
As a result, the Devils now venture into the last-stage portion of their regulation slate — one that includes two more match-ups against fellow league foes — relegated to runner-up status in the circuit ranks. They are also maintaining their push for the remainder of the schedule for the securing of a statewide dual-team playoff berth.
Mooresville remains the reigning I-Meck Conference postseason tournament champion and still resides as the current two-time title holders of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s West Regional and 4A class individual state tournament championship crowns approaching that particular part of the campaign that gets underway in earnest as early as the middle of next month.
In the I-Meck ranks specifically, however, the Devils’ regular-season rule atop the field has now temporarily —and barring some additional assistance down the season’s stretch-run phase of that particular portion of competition — been put on hold.
That is the case following the anticipated meeting between teams that at the time each held matching unbeaten records against countering I-Meck competition.
Mooresville scrambled from behind from the outset and banked enough wins heading into the final showdown of the night to remain in reach of making the comeback complete before being denied the chance to do so at the end.
Chalking up wins by pinfalls worth the maximum number of points possible apiece included Samson Sokolski at 120 pounds, Isaac Shaw at 152 pounds, Luke Goodin at 160 pounds and Dilyn Roudebush at 182 pounds.
Also aiding the point output was the win by decision earned by Jacob Linker in his 138-pound class bout.
On the heels of the loss for the first time in at least two seasons that Mooresville failed to emerge on the winning end of matters against a league foe in a dual-team setting, the Devils headed back out on the mats in the annual Bob Mauldin Mat News Classic at Piedmont High School before resuming the return to the dual-team segment of its season’s schedule early next week.