Havelock wrestlers won the close matches against West Craven Tuesday night, and in the end, kept their quest for a Coastal 3A Conference championship alive.
Javar Godette and Ramone Lawson won the final two matches of the night, sending the Rams to a 33-29 victory over the Eagles at Havelock High.
“Pressure doesn’t bother them,” Havelock coach Tommy Andrews said of Godette and Lawson. “They’re both cool-headed. That’s just how they wrestle.”
The Rams trailed 29-27 with two weight classes remaining. Godette got two takedowns in the third period to defeat Cody Cooke 6-3, putting Havelock on top 30-29 with Lawson’s match against Robert Baker at 145 pounds deciding the outcome. Lawson held a 2-1 advantage through the second period and then got an escape and a takedown in the third period to win 5-1, giving the Rams the 33-29 victory.
“That happens a lot where we get down and have to come back where the heart of our lineup lies, right in the center,” Andrews said. “We end up having to fight back a lot. That’s nothing new to us.”
The difference in the match was Havelock’s ability to win tight matches — along with Godette and Ramone, John Ellis (160) won 5-4 with an escape in the final 10 seconds of his match — and get pins, with Kevin Garay (152), Kendall Frazier (182), Ben Dixon (195) and Tyler Bullock (220) getting six-point victories.
And that same time, West Craven managed just one pin, that from heavyweight Skyler Furphy.
“Everybody gave us a full six minutes,” Andrews said. “Nobody quit. Nobody gave up. We didn’t give up pins and we didn’t give up tech falls, which was huge considering how close the score was.”
The Eagles trailed 27-9 but stormed back in the lower weights, getting a forfeit victory from Tyler Bird (106) and decision victories from Darrin Mewborn (113), Gabe Pierre (120), Daniel Adams (126) and Dillon Maravelous (132) to pull ahead before the final two matches.
“We gave up pins when we shouldn’t have and we didn’t score bonus points when we had the opportunity,” West Craven coach John Honbarrier said. “That’s what wrestling’s about. You can’t give up points and you’ve got to score points. We lost a close one. I feel like we could have wrestled better.”
With the victory, Havelock improves to 3-1 in the conference, a half-game behind leading West Carteret and tied with Swansboro.
The Rams are scheduled to host New Bern in a non-conference match at 6:30 p.m. Friday and participate in the Winter Duals at West Carteret Saturday before hosting White Oak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.