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A BRAND-NEW NCC
PINNED YA, PINNED YA AGAIN. FHS’s Dalton White (top) recorded a quick pinfall as part of his team’s home match Tuesday versus Roanoke Rapids. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON - Each of the varsity teams at Franklinton and Bunn, regardless of the sport, entered the Great Unknown this season in the newfangled Northern Carolina Conference.

It’s taken awhile for some of the clubs to see exactly where they stand against some of the newer schools in the league.

But a familiar foe awaited Franklinton during its second NCC wrestling matchup of the campaign on Tuesday night.

Roanoke Rapids, another long-time league member, invaded the FHS Gymnasium under veteran head coach Ed Nelson.

But the Red Rams were able to secure the decision over the Yellow Jackets by a 48-22 margin.

Franklinton is now 2-0 in the NCC, with an earlier conquest against Southern Vance.

“Things are going well in the conference so far,’’ said FHS head coach Alan Carter. “We are doing well, but there are still areas we need to improve on in order to obtain our goal of winning the conference championship.

“We have some very good opponents left on our (league) schedule.’’

Franklinton was able to control the proceedings against Roanoke Rapids with an effective performance that featured victories from the following wrestlers:

• Dalton White (pinfall at 106)
• Darius Scott (pinfall at 113)
• Daniel Mickshutz (forfeit at 120)
• Alex Loury (pinfall at 126)
• Joseph Rosyter (decision in overtime at 132)
• Stephen Fritz (pinfall at 152)
• Malique Jones (pinfall at 160)
• Antonio Rogers (decision at 170)
• Lincoln Lyons (pinfall at 220)

Carter indicated the Lyons and White are currently among his best standouts record-wise, but that everyone on the team has secured some key early wins against a challenging schedule.

“Pretty much all of our guys have a couple of losses, but we kind of planned on that because I wanted these guys to see some tough competition early on,’’ Carter said.

“We have some guys with some pretty solid records so far, this year though.’’

One potential area of concern for Franklinton could be the status of veteran standout Dominick Cotton, who suffered an apparent shoulder injury as part of Tuesday’s matchup.

Cotton was in obvious pain after his contest, but Carter wasn’t sure about Cotton’s short or long-term prognosis.

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