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ROLESVILLE — Two overtime matches, two team lead changes and one triple-figure wrestling milestone marked Rolesville High’s 42-33 dual defeat of Wake Forest.

The NAC 6 conference bout began with a bonus session as Ram 285-pounder Alberto Hernandez seized a 13-11 sudden-death decision over Cougar Cole Sutphen. Then host Rolesville reeled off 21-more straight points to gain a 24-0 lead.

During that spree, individual Ram grapplers prevailed: Nate Mercer by forfeit at 106; Jacob Falk over Eugen Holland by fall at 113; Mohammad Zamen over Miguel Maiella by fall at 120; and Josh Johnson over Nathan Smith by 8-2 decision at 126.

Wake Forest staged a reversal from there as it won six of the next seven head-to-head mat meetings. Cougar Luke Stern gained a pin of Nolan Martin at 132, Lucas Eudy claimed an 11-9 overtime decision versus Colby Hawley at 138, it collected a forfeit at 145, Thomas McHale pinned Tate Meredith at 152, Caleb Beatty pinned Ta-Mahjai O’Briant at 170 and Ronnel Wilson pinned Sterling Elliott at 182.

Only Rolesville 160-pounder Alec Gonzalez interrupted that spurt via a 10-second shoulder stapling. He and his tribe still found themselves trailing, 33-30, on the big board.

Ram Daniel Soutter responded with a pin of Jovany Lopez to flip-flop the hosts back in front, 36-33.

The whole victory thus centered on 220-pounder Jonathan Saravia’s solo showdown versus Bennett Moore. His subsequent squashing in less than a minute not only cemented the squad’s successful total, but also flattened his 100th career individual conquer.

The combination inspired a celebration complete with pictures, hugs, family joy and a commemorative cookie. Call it Saravia’s just desserts.

Rolesville will compete at Sanderson Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. Wake Forest will travel to Heritage for their final match of the regular season Wednesday, Jan. 29.