UC sending 29 wrestlers to states
Piedmont and Cuthbertson had two wrestlers each win their weight classes at the 2A Midwest Regional Wrestling Tournament Saturday night on the campus of Piedmont High.
The Panthers and Cavaliers each had four wrestlers compete in gold-medal matches.
Senior defending state champions Dylan Nelson and Parker Von Egidy picked up regional titles with little trouble.
Nelson won the 160 pound title with a pin of Thomasville’s Evan Makupson in just 1:20.
“This weekend that’s what I expected,” Nelson said. “I’m expected to win regionals, I’m expected to go to states. I’m hoping for the best to come out of me while I’m up there. I’m hoping to win the title again, that’s my only expectation.
“I have to go to practice every day and work my hardest like I do every day. I’ll hit the weights some and get in my regular workouts.”
Von Egidy, two matches later, teched Levi Slate of North Surry 22 seconds into the third period.
Nelson and Von Egidy’s victories helped the Panthers tie Thomasville for the team championship with 164 points apiece.
For the Cavaliers, senior defending state champion Cody Walker and senior Josh Hattaway took home titles with relative ease.
Walker defeated Tristan Brannock of North Surry 7-2 for the 126 pound title followed by Hattaway’s 7-0 shut out of Thomasville’s Corbin Wilson at 132 pounds.
“I was hoping to be able to work on moves and work on stuff to get me ready for states,” Hattaway said. “I wanted to go into the third period a few times in preparartion to try and win states this year. It took a lot of hard work and practice.”
Hattaway thinks he is more prepared for the state tournament; he was disappointed with his showing as a junior.
“I have to step it up and not go in like last time where I was really nervous,” he said. “I have to wrestle my match.”
Panthers junior 152 Lucas Smith and senior 195 Bryce Braswell each finished second as well Cuthbertson senior 138 Cody Cook and sophomore 170 Joe Walther also brought home silver.
The Panthers freshman 120 Brett Underwood was the only third place finisher in the county while Panthers senior 170 Dalton Graybill, junior 220 Kris Rookard and junior heavyweight Will Groves each finished fourth to qualify for the tournament.
“I think we performed better than what we did early on,” Panthers coach Todd Stokes said. “I would have liked to seen us do a little better in the finals matches. Eight was above what I thought we would get. The kids wrestled really, really well and came through. It was a real tough battle with us and Thomasville.”
The eight qualifiers gives the Panthers the ammo to make a run for the individual team title.
“They’ve got to win some matches,” Stokes said. “With Parker and Dylan we kind of know what they are going to do, we just have to get the younger guys to win just a couple of matches. Maybe we can get one or two of them to place and we’ll be all right.”
Cuthbertson coach Dan Hartman was pleased with his team’s showing at regionals.
“I’m exceptionally proud of all these guys,” Hartman said. “They’ve worked hard all season. This is what we gear our entire season for, next weekend; getting guys through this tournament and on to where it counts. That’s just what those guys have dedicated everyday at practice towards and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The 2013 North Carolina State Wrestling Championships begin Thursday evening with the 4A first round matches at 5:00 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The 2A and 3A classifications will begin later in the evening while the 1A tournament starts Friday afternoon.
CATA sending four
In the 1A West Regional, Central Academy finished fifth in the team standings with 85 points.
The Cougars advanced four wrestlers to the state tournament.
Senior Alex Ortiz advanced through the tournament without a single pin — he won his four matches by scores of 6-1, 13-5, 8-7 and 7-5 in the championship (over second seed Cody Mathis of East Wilkes).
Cougars junior heavyweight Jackson Price finished second at the tournament while junior 106 Sergio Paz and junior 160 Lyle Morian each brought home the bronze to advance to the state championship.
Monroe had one wrestler advance to the state tournament;s junior 120 Rayquan Neal reached the championship match before falling to former state champion Ty Franklin of Alleghany.
Rebels’ Edwards wins region
At the 3A Midwest Regional Tournament, Parkwood senior heavyweight Danny Edwards brought home the only gold from the 3A tournament.
Edwards dominated the heavyweight division as he pinned all four of his opponents. He didn’t have to wrestle past the first period in the first three rounds of the tournament and pinned second seed Joseph Lancaster of North Iredell with eight seconds left in the second period for the championship.
Weddington led Union County schools with three state qualifiers.
Warriors freshman 106 Parker Walton, senior 138 Kyle Deacon and junior 152 Maliek Caple each advanced to the state tournament with fourth-place finishes.
Marvin Ridge had one wrestler advance to the state tournament in senior 182 Alex Powell, who placed fourth at the tournament.
Spartans place second
Sun Valley had a strong showing at the 4A Midwest Regional Tournament, finishing second in the team standings behind powerhouse Parkland.
The Spartans had five wrestlers advance to the state tournament, including two regional champions.
Senior 182 Michael Macchiavello had a bye in the first round before recording two pins to advance to the gold medal match.
Macchiavello defeated Davie County’s Alex Gobble 7-0 in the championship match.
Macchiavello finished third in the state as a junior.
Junior 160 Logan Farlowe also brought home a regional championship with a 1-0 victory in the title match against Taevon Hoskins of Parkland.
Senior 138 Brian Inouye placed second while junior 132 Billy Benfield grabbed the bronze.
Sophomore 113 Thierry Washington fought from the sixth seed for a fourth place finish and a spot in the state tournament.
Union County’s state
(including weight class)
106: Sergio Paz
152: Alex Ortiz
160: Lyle Morian
285: Jackson Price
120: Raquan Neal
126: Cody Walker
132: Josh Hattaway
138: Cody Cook
170: Joe Walther
120: Brett Underwood
152: Lucas Smith
160: Dylan Nelson
170: Dalton Graybill
182: Parker Von Egidy
195: Bryce Braswell
220: Kris Rookard
285: Will Groves
182: Alex Powell
285: Danny Edwards
106: Parker Walton
138: Kyle Deacon
152: Maliek Caple
182: Taylor Stringer
220: Patrick Phillips
113: Thierry Washington
132: Billy Benfield
138: Brian Inouye
160: Logan Farlowe
182: Michael Macchiavello