Newton-Conover ends Panthers' run
Piedmont High's run for a second straight state wrestling title came to end on Thursday.
Newton-Conover recorded a 36-24 victory over the Panthers on its home mat in the 2A state semifinals.
Newton-Conover clinched the match with a pin at 145 pounds.
Piedmont, which ends it season with a 32-6 record, was seeking to make a third consecutive trip to the state championship.
The Panthers fell to Croatan in the 2010 state title match before claiming the championship over Croatan last season.
*195: Collin Minor (NC) d. Bryce Braswell 3-2 3-0
220: Andrew Gaither (NC) d. Kris Rookard 3-2 6-0
285: Ah-Ron Hope (NC) d. Will Groves 2-1 9-0
106: Reid Kiser (PM) d. Joseph Xiong 7-2 9-3
113: Austin Klutz (NC) tf. Austin Bagley 19-2 14-3
120: Coleman Carter (NC) d. Brett Underwood 1-0 17-3
126: Jonte Parker (NC) d. Daylan Conner 9-6 20-3
132: Franklin Wepner (NC) tf. Stephen Black 18-2 25-3
138: Casey Toomey (NC) tf. Dustin Baucom 15-0 30-3
145: Dan Avis (NC) p. Rhett Byrum 3:45 (clinching match)
152: Lucas Smith
160: Dylan Nelson
170: Dalton Graybill
182: Parker Von Egidy