All-Lake Norman News wrestling: Hough, SouthLake Christian prove themselves on the mat
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Tuesday, Apr. 01, 2014

All-Lake Norman News wrestling: Hough, SouthLake Christian prove themselves on the mat

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    - COURTESY OF KEN BUMGARNER
    SouthLake Christian’s Hamilton Hewitt is the Lake Norman News wrestler of the year after winning a third straight state wrestling title.
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    - COURTESY OF TRIPP ROGERS
    Hough’s Tripp Rogers, middle front, with plaque, is the Lake Norman News wrestling coach of the year after leading the Huskies to five tournament wins.
  • All-Lake Norman News wrestling

    106 pounds: Dylan Boone, SouthLake Christian, Fr. – Rolled to a NCISAA state championship, posting a 51-4 mark.

    113: Austin Powell, Hough, Jr. – MECKA 4A and 4A West Regional champion was fourth at states with 53-7 record.

    120: Robert Markee, Hough, Jr. – 4A West Regional qualifier established himself as another factor in the talented Husky lineup.

    126: Adam Edwards, SouthLake Christian, Jr. – Finished fourth at states with a 33-20 record.

    132: Trevor Tucker, SouthLake Christian, Sr. – Another strong Eagle finish, coming in third place at states with a 26-8 record.

    138: Chris Green, SouthLake Christian, Sr. – NCISAA state champion finished his Eagle career in style, posting a 48-8 record.

    145: Hamilton Hewitt, SouthLake Christian, Jr. and Moses Boyter, East Lincoln, Sr. – Hewitt went 54-6 on his way to a third straight state title. Boyter was Southern District 7 and 2A West Regional champion, finishing third at states (28-5 overall).

    152: Jacob Efird, Hough, Sr. – MECKA conference champion also finished third at 4A West Regional, finishing with a 44-8 mark.

    160: Emmanuel Morgan, SouthLake Christian, Jr. – Fourth at states with a 34-26 record.

    170: Jordan Thompson, Hough, Jr. – Finished one win short of a 4A state title. Also won MECKA 4A conference and 4A West Regional championships, finishing 52-2.

    182: Sebastian Barreto, Hough, Sr. and D.J. Wilson, SouthLake Christian, Jr. – Barreto was MECKA 4A conference champion, regional runner-up and third at states (55-6 record). Wilson went 42-10 on his way to an NCISAA state runner-up finish.

    195: Robert Pervier, Hough, Jr. – Another Husky who emerged as key player for his team as regional qualifier with 38-18 mark.

    220: Michael Rawlins, Hough, Jr. – Husky junior had a strong finish to his season, finishing fourth at regionals and qualifying for states with a 40-18 mark.

    285: Connor Brooks, Hough, Sr. – MECKA 4A conference runner-up also made a strong run in regionals, going 47-11 overall.

The Hough and SouthLake Christian wrestling programs haven’t been around for long, the Huskies just finishing their fourth year and the Eagles finishing their ninth.

But both teams have established themselves as top teams in the Lake Norman region and in the state in their respective classifications.

Hough (31-3) won conference regular season and tournament titles for the second straight season, this time winning the MECKA 4A in the league’s first season.

The Huskies also finished third at the 4A West Regional and advanced to the third round of the state dual-team tournament, beating A.L. Brown and Jay M. Robinson, before falling to Lake Norman.

SouthLake Christian (30-17), the top private school in the area, got a step closer to an NCISAA state championship, finishing as state runner-up after coming in third in 2013.

Wrestling coach of the year: Tripp Rogers, Hough Tripp Rogers came into this season with high expectations after leading his team a I-Meck 4A conference regular season and tournament titles and into the third round of the 4A state playoffs last season.

Despite losing several key wrestlers to graduation, the Huskies repeat as conference regular season and tournament champions with a school-record 31 wins.

Hough also won five tournaments: the Husky Duals, Holy Angels, Mecklenburg County, Mooresville High’s “Wrestling for a Cure,” and the conference tournament.

Wrestler of the year: Hamilton Hewitt, SouthLake Christian, Jr. Hamilton Hewitt has proven he can wrestle at a championship level, winning NCISAA individual state titles in each of his first two seasons as an Eagle.

This year, Hewitt pulled off the three-peat, winning the 147-pound title with three straight pins in the state tournament.

Hewitt also helped his SouthLake Christian team to a NCISAA state runner-up finish to Charlotte Latin. He finished the season 54-6, with 37 of his wins coming via pins.

While Hewitt has accomplished a lot, he still wants to add even more championships to his resume in his final year in high school . Hewitt also hopes his efforts will help him earn a scholarship to keep wrestling in college.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at jedwardsjr23@gmail.com.

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