WARRENSVILLE — Ashe County Middle School is building something special with its wrestling program.
The Bulldogs took on Forbush on Wednesday and dominated the competition on the way to an 84-18 victory.
Previously, ACMS took on East Wilkes and once again left no doubt who the top team was that night with a 70-31 victory.
“This team is a great group of kids. We’re beating teams by 40 and 50 points,” said Bulldogs’ head coach Alex Wray.
Even more impressive, Ashe County has done most of this on the road. The team has had just one match at the middle school so far this season.
The Bulldogs are currently 5-0 and are showing no signs of slowing down.
“I want everybody to know what we are doing at the middle school. This team is really good,” said Coach Wray. “We’re going to win the conference and this team is good enough to win a state championship.”
According to Wray, wrestling is the only middle school sport that has a state championship tournament that will be held in Winston-Salem.
The Bulldogs have a good mixture of talent and experience, but even some of the newcomers are having fantastic seasons.
“Hank McKenzie is a kid that has never wrestled before until now. He is beating everybody out there,” said Wray.
Ashe has also gotten great performances this season from Drake Elliott and Timothy Peters who are both undefeated in the first five matches.
The next match for the Bulldogs is on Jan. 6 and it will be at home. Fans are encouraged to come out and see what these young grapplers are accomplishing on the mats.
“Everybody is shining right now,” added Coach Wray. “This is the best team I’ve ever had.”
Currently, the Bulldogs have five regular season matches remaining, but things may change a bit as there is room on the schedule for a couple more matches to be scheduled before the conference tournament is set to take place on Jan. 23 at Central Wilkes Middle School.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87.