As a junior, Bandys High’s Andrew Brotherton fell one win short of winning his first state title.That made Brotherton’s goal for his senior season a simple one – take that final step.Brotherton – the Mooresville News wrestler of the year – had an undefeated run through the postseason tournaments en route to winning the 170-pound title at the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A state championships.Brotherton also won the 170-pound title at the NCHSAA 2A West Regional for the second straight year, earned all-Southern District 7 2A honors and wrapped up his final season with a 45-5 record.And it all began at last year’s NCHSAA 2A state finals, where Brotherton made a run through the field to advance to the 170-pound championship match. But he lost to East Lincoln’s Jeremy Tarleton in the final in an 11-6 decision.“Last year, I was surprised that I got second, really,” Brotherton said. “I should have won it.”Brotherton also stepped up his offseason training, and the results paid off during the 2013-2014 season. All of his losses came against top-ranked wrestlers: Lake Norman’s Ryan Devlin, a top-six finisher at 182 pounds at the NCHSAA 4A state finals; Christian Maroni of Dorman (S.C.), the 2013 South Carolina state champ at 170; Hough’s Jordan Thompson, the runner-up at 170 at the NCHSAA 4A state finals; and Fayetteville Jack Britt’s Jovaun Johnson, a state qualifier at 160 pounds.But the one loss – outside of last year’s state title match – that motivated Brotherton the most came against a familiar foe: Bunker Hill’s Cody Shook in the 170-pound final at the Southern District 7 2A tournament. But Brotherton got even at the 2A West Regional, beating Shook in the 170-pound final.“He’s been my rival,” Brotherton said. “It motivated me. I was kinda upset when he lost early (at the state championships). I wanted to have him up there with me.”While Brotherton was recruited by several Division II schools, he’s decided to forgo college for the time being, enlisting in the U.S. Army instead.However, that doesn’t mean his wrestling career is over.“I just wanted to test myself,” Brotherton said. “The guy who I talked to at the recruiting office is also a recruiter for the (Army’s) wrestling program. That’s one of the things I’ve been thinking about.” Mooresville News coach of the year: Tom Pavia, Lake Norman – Pavia made his first season back with the Wildcats – he coached them from 2006-2009, then spent 2011-2013 at West Iredell High – a successful one, with a 29-3 dual-team match record and two strong finishes in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s postseason tournaments.Lake Norman won three matches to advance to the semifinals of the NCHSAA 4A dual-team championships, only to lose to undefeated Winston-Salem Parkland, which went on to win its eighth consecutive state title.The Wildcats’ success continued on to the NCHSAA 4A individual tournaments, winning the 4A West Regional team title and advancing eight wrestlers to the 4A state championships in Greensboro. There, three wrestlers made it to the podium with top-six finishes as Lake Norman finished sixth in the team standings. They also finished ranked third in the state among 4A teams in the final retrorankings.com coaches’ poll.
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All-Mooresville News wrestling: Trojans' Brotherton takes final step in final season
All-Mooresville News wrestling
106 pounds: Matthew Insogna, South iredell, Soph. – Third at NCHSAA 3A state championships, third at 3A Midwest Regional, All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 47-5.
113 pounds: Zac Rainess, Lake Norman, Soph. – Third at NCHSAA 4A West Regional, qualified for NCHSAA 4A state championships and won North Piedmont 3A/4A tournament. Named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 55-12.
120 pounds: Tucker Key, Mooresville, Soph. – Fourth at NCHSAA 4A West Regional and qualified for NCHSAA 4A state championships. Named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 47-14.
126 pounds: R.J. Cloninger, Lake Norman, Sr. – Third at NCHSAA 3A West Regional and qualified for NCHSAA 3A state championships. Named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 56-9.
132 pounds: Michael Ready, Lake Norman, Sr. – Qualified for NCHSAA 4A West Regional, finished season with 26-10 record.
138 pounds: Logan Pavia, Lake Norman, Soph. – Fourth at NCHSAA 4A state championships, won NCHSAA 4A West Regional and won North Piedmont 3A/4A tournament. Named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 57-9.
145 pounds: Kane Price, Mooresville, Sr. – Sixth at NCHSAA 4A state championships and fourth at NCHSAA 4A West Regional. Named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 54-11.
152 pounds: Jevon McCorkle, Bandys, Jr. – Qualified for NCHSAA 2A West Regional, finished season 24-21.
160 pounds: Eddie McGrail, Lake Norman, Sr. – Fifth at NCHSAA 4A state championships and won NCHSAA 4A West Regional. Name All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 62-10.
170 pounds: Andrew Brotherton, Bandys, Sr. – Won NCHSAA 2A state championships and NCHSAA 2A West Regional. Named All-Southern District 7 2A and finished season 45-5.
182 pounds: Ryan Devlin, Lake Norman, Sr. – Sixth at NCHSAA 4A state championships, won 4A West Regional and won North Piedmont 3A/4A tournament. Named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 55-5.
195 pounds: Akease Rankin, Mooresville, Jr. – Second at NCHSAA 4A West Regional and qualified for NCHSAA 4A state championships. Named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 36-14.
220 pounds: Jimmy Scott, North Lincoln, Soph. – Second at NCHSAA 3A Midwest Regional and qualified for NCHSAA 3A state championships. Won North Piedmont 3A/4A tournament and was named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A. Finished season 32-8.
285 pounds: Patrick Dabiero, Lake Norman, Soph. – Fourth at NCHSAA 4A West Regional and qualified for NCHSAA 4A state championships. Named All-North Piedmont 3A/4A and finished season 46-22.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Bill? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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