GREENSBORO A couple of mistakes cost Hough High’s Jordan Thompson a shot at his first state championship.
Thompson, the only Mecklenburg County wrestler to advance to Saturday’s championship round, lost in his Class 4A 170-pound final at the N.C. High School Athletic Association state tournament.
Thompson, a junior, lost to Jamestown Ragsdale’s Bryce Walker in a 14-11 decision in the title match, giving Hough a 10th-place finish in the team standings.
“He wrestled for six minutes – that’s all I’ve ever asked of anyone,” Huskies coach Tripp Rogers said. “I hurt for Jordan, because he worked his tail off and did everything he possibly could. But he made a couple mistakes. He tried to wrestle back from it, but he just made a couple of mistakes.”
Winston-Salem Parkland won the 4A team title for the eighth time in nine years, beating Fayetteville Britt 173-114.5. Lake Norman was the highest-finishing Observer-area team, coming in sixth (55.5 points).
While Thompson fell short, 11 wrestlers from Observer-area schools won weight-class titles during the tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum, including three repeat champions.
East Gaston’s Jacob Grigg capped an undefeated season at 51-0 with his second straight weight-class title, and earned the class 3A most outstanding wrestler award.
Grigg, who won the 4A 126-pound title last year, took a 3-1 overtime decision over defending champ Payton Shuford of West Iredell in the 132-pound final.
Also repeating as state champions were Central Cabarrus’ Heath Gleaton, who won the 3A 120-pound title, and Hickory Ridge’s Troy Gregor, the 3A 126-pound winner.
East Gaston went on to finish second in the 3A team standings by 46.5 points to Morehead (116-69.5).
Other area winners in 3A were South Rowan’s Logan Durham (106 pounds), and Sun Valley’s Billy Benfield (138) and Logan Farlowe (160).
In class 2A, Thomasville edged Croatan 95.5-95 to win the team title. Newton-Conover, which won its second straight 2A dual-team title two weeks ago, was third at 90.5 points.
Area winners in class 2A: West Caldwell’s Jacob Houck (126), Bandys’ Andrew Brotherton (170), West Lincoln’s Mack George (195), and Bunker Hill’s Kyle Guins (220).
The only area wrestler to win a weight-class championship in 4A was Watauga’s Demetre Kostis, who took the 132-pound title.
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