MOORESVILLE – After eliminating conference foe Hough in the third round of the dual-team state tournament, Mooresville lost in its home gym to Northwest Guilford 36-35 on a tiebreaker.
In the Jan. 31 match, the Blue Devils fell behind 12-0 after NWG pinned 126-pounder Isaiah Lane and Jabez Westmoreland at 132 pounds. But the Shaw brothers got back 11 of the 12 points, as Isaac scored a tech fault at 138 and two-time state champion Silas recorded a pin.
A tech fall by Ike Byers and a major-decision victory courtesy of Michael Goins made it four match wins in a row for the Devils, but the Vikings took the next three.
NWG wins on a pin and tech fall were the final matches of the night, leaving the score tied at 35, when the Vikings were awarded the additional point on the total number of near-falls.
Mooresville, the I-Meck 4A conference champions, defeated second-place Hough earlier in the night by a 39-36 margin – the final two matches were forfeited by the Devils. Mooresville took its first two dual-team matches by scores of 57-19 over West Forsyth and 54-30 over High Point Central.
The Blue Devils ended the dual-team season with a 34-2 record.
Next is the individual regional tournament Feb. 8-9, also at Mooresville’s gym, where the top four from each weight class will qualify for the state championship the following week.
In addition to Silas Shaw, Ike Byers won the state title in 2018, leading the team to the individual team state championship.
Lake Norman 195-pounder Nathan Dugan will also be looking to repeat as a state champion, following his gold-medal performance in the 182-pound competition a year ago.