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Mecklenburg wrestlers shut out at state champioships

By Bill Kiser
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  • How They Fared

    How the 11 Observer-area wrestlers who won weight-class championships at Saturday's NCHSAA state tournament in Greensboro earned their titles:

    CLASS 4A

    Demetre Kostis, Watauga, 132 pounds: major decision over David Losada of Raleigh Sanderson 15-2 in first round; decisioned Joe Mondragon of Wilmington Ashley 9-3 in second round; decisioned Kollin Wade of Cary 5-4 in semifinals; decisioned Garrett Hinton of Fayetteville Britt 2-1 in final.

    CLASS 3A

    Logan Durham, South Rowan, 106 pounds: pinned Dakota Medina of Southern Nash at 2:48 in first round; pinned Austin Keiger of McMichael at 4:35 in second round; major decision over Blaine Mainz of Jacksonville 14-2 in semifinals; decisioned Parker Walton of Weddington 3-0 in final.

    Heath Gleaton, Central Cabarrus, 120 pounds: technical fall over Kenneth Tenhopen of Swansboro 16-0 in first round; technical fall over Joe Scott of Orange 23-6 in second round; decisioned Wilson Smith of Rocky Mount 7-3 in semifinals; decisioned Jordan Jones of Morehead 5-1 in final.

    Troy Gregor, Hickory Ridge, 126 pounds: technical fall over Mathews Cruz-Cruz of Cleveland 15-0 in first round; technical fall over Dalton McGalliard of Freedom 15-0 in second round; technical fall over Jordan Decosse of Southern Nash 15-0 in semifinals; decisioned Mike Jones of Morehead 7-3 in final.

    Jacob Grigg, East Gaston, 132 pounds: technical fall over Jadakiss Jumper of Morehead 20-3 in first round; major decision over Campbell Alspaugh of West Brunswick 17-4 in second round; decisioned Sawyer Davidson of Asheboro 6-5 in semifinals; decisioned Payton Shuford of West Iredell 3-1 in overtime in final.

    Billy Benfield, Sun Valley 138 pounds: major decision over Cody Cooke of West Craven 18-2 in first round; decisioned Willis Booth of Morehead 9-2 in second round; decisioned Ryan Davis of Havelock 7-0 in semifinals; decisioned Mitchell Dean of Eastern Alamance 9-4 in final.

    Logan Farlowe, Sun Valley, 160 pounds: major decision over Kendal Hamilton of Northern Nash 15-0 in first round; major decision over Thomas Singley of Fayetteville Terry Sanford 17-2 in second round; decisioned John Ellis of Havelock 3-2 in semifinals; decisioned Jacoby Benjamin of Southern Nash 2-1 in final.

    CLASS 2A

    Jacob Houck, West Caldwell, 126 pounds: pinned Alex Loury of Franklinton at 3:33 in first round; major decision over RaQuan Neal of Monroe 11-2 in second round; pinned Stephen Dreher of Carrobor 4:33 in semifinals; pinned Austin Rozier of North Surry at 6:28 (overtime) in final.

    Andrew Brotherton, Bandys, 170 pounds: pinned Carlos Vela of Randleman at 2:55 in first round; decisioned Devyn Green of North Surry 1-0 in second round; decisioned Evan Adams of Wilkes Central 9-4 in semifinals; decisioned Devon Van Cura of Washington 7-2 in final.

    Mack George, West Lincoln, 195 pounds: decisioned Brian Staton of North Pitt 9-3 in first round; pinned Jakeem Brooks of Durham at 5:07 in second round; decisioned Andrew Colborn of Croatan 3-2 in semifinals; decisioned Anthony Brownridge of Edenton Holmes 8-3 in final.

    Kyle Guins, Bunker Hill, 220 pounds: pinned Michael Freeman of St. Pauls at 2:15 in first round; major decision over Cody Slate of North Surry 9-0 in second round; decisioned Tywon Bond of Edenton Holmes 4-3 in semifinals; decisioned Rhett Hoy of Hendersonville 10-4 in final.



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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