There were dominant performances, overtimes and dramatic comebacks at a balanced 4A West Regional Championships at Hough High School Saturday.
Possibly the most dominant performance came in the first final held, as Providence sophomore Robbie Snyder kept his undefeated record alive on the season when he pinned South Caldwell’s Caleb Queen late in the second round of the three-round match at 106 pounds.
Snyder, 19-0 on the season, missed a large portion of the season with a broken elbow but is rounding into form heading into the state championships next weekend in Greensboro.
“That’s the goal,” Snyder said of the state meet. “I’ve worked really hard to come back from the injury and I feel like if I wrestle at my best I have a really good chance.”
North Meck freshman Eric Hudson turned in one of the most dramatic victories of the day, when he rallied from a 7-1 deficit after two rounds to defeat Juan Willis of Mooresville 10-9.
“I think I was just finally able to relax and realize I was putting too much pressure on myself,” Hudson said. “My game plan was to stay aggressive and I wasn’t doing that early. Once I got back to doing that I was successful and was able to come back.”
The most outstanding wrestler of the meet went to South Meck’s Chris Moungle. The senior was involved in maybe the most competitive match of the day against Lake Norman’s Logan Pavia. Both wrestlers were active throughout but neither was able to score and they were tied 1-1 after three rounds. 27 seconds into the overtime Moungle was able to get a hold of Pavia and get a two-point takedown for the victory to improve his record to 41-1 on the season.
“You just have to keep pushing,” Moungle said. “I felt like I was giving myself chances to score but had to keep working. The biggest thing that helped was I felt like my preparation was really good and allowed me to finally get into him for the win.”
10 different schools had winners in the 14 weight classes. Mooresville took home the regional championship with 173.5 points as they had two winners and three runners-up, while Lake Norman, who had the most individual winners with three, was second with 153. The state championship will begin February 18th at the Greensboro Coliseum.
2-Lake Norman 153
3-AL Brown 123
4-Alexander Central 107
5- South Caldwell 106
6- Providence 82.5
T7- Hopewell 82
T7- Mallard Creek 82
9- McDowell 66
10- Hough 60
106lbs- Robbie Snyder (Providence) def Kaleb Queen (South Caldwell) by fall (3:46)
113lbs- Esco Walker (Hopewell) def Ben Long (Alexander Central) by technical fall (16-0 at 3:26)
120lbs- Caleb Kreitter (Hough) def Tony McGee (McDowell) 13-2
126lbs- Chase Kominek (Lake Norman) def Ryan Keefe (Providence) 15-3
132lbs- Quintin Mickerson (West Charlotte) def Zak Rainess (Lake Norman) 10-7
138lbs- Nicholas Sexton (AL Brown) def Tucker Key (Mooresville) 14-3
145lbs- Chris Moungle (South Meck) def Logan Pavia (Lake Norman) 3-1 (OT)
152lbs- Carl Guess (South Caldwell) def Upright Odoemena (Rocky River) by fall (1:00)
160lbs- Isaiah Johnson (AL Brown) def Joey Haracopos (Mooresville) by technical fall (18-2 at 3:43)
170lbs- Karter Baltich (Lake Norman) def Louis Williams (Mallard Creek) by fall (2:31)
182lbs- Eric Hudson (North Meck) def Juan Willis (Mooresville) 10-9
195lbs- Mitch Jacobs (Mooresville) def Jaylen Lesane (Butler) 7-2
220lbs- Alex Teeter (Mooresville) def Xavier Lenear (Independence) 1-0
285lbs- Patrick Dabiero (Lake Norman) def Clifton Pittman (Hopewell) 3-2 (OT)