Jordan, Person, Orange host wrestling tournaments
Corinth Holders, a scrappy, senior-laden 2A team from Johnston County, was king of the mat at Saturday’s Bull City Throw Down. The Pirates upended 4A host Jordan and breezed to a 5-0 finish as the only unbeaten squad in the seven-team duals tournament that featured 15 state-ranked grapplers.
Jordan finished 4-1, the vastly improving Carrboro Jaguars were 3-2 and injury-decimated Cedar Ridge went 2-3.
“We’ve got seven seniors in our starting lineup. The way I look at it, we can carry five to seven to eight guys to (the state individual championships),” said first-year coach Eric Wischhusen, a two-time state placewinner at Southern Nash High School who graduated from East Carolina last year. Corinth Holders is in the Northern Carolina Conference and finished the day with an overall 19-2 record.
The Pirates’ match against Jordan “was an exciting one,” Wischhusen said. “We went up big early, and Jordan came storming back late. It came down to the very last match and our guy (138-pounder Tyler Johnson) was down and we needed him to win. He was down 7-2 and turned around and pinned the guy (Allal Kartaoui). That was huge for us.”
“No disrespect to them at all, but I thought we wrestled flat,” said Jordan coach Philip Davanzo. “These guys work so hard, they train so hard, that’s the frustrating part. They’re executing some great stuff, but then they get down on themselves.”
“We saw some fight from some freshmen” throughout the day, Davanzo said. “We saw some good execution of technique, so overall we’re 4-1, and we bounced back after getting beat.” Spencer Service (120), Robbie Tomasic (126), Kaleel Gainey (170) and Tyrece Jones (182) all went 5-0.
Davanzo also noted that with five more wins, Service will join Tomasic in the 100-win club. Tomasic reached the milestone at the Tiger Classic last weekend.
“We’ve got a huge conference match against Hillside on Wednesday. We’re approaching it as our biggest match of the year,” with conference matches against Person and Riverside after that, Davanzo said. Jordan is now 12-3.
Carrboro coach DeWitt Driscoll found lots to like about the Jaguars’ performance, especially considering he had a couple of backups on the mat due to ill starters.
“A couple of guys I was really proud of. Trenton Davis is actually backup for me at 120. Our normal 120-pounder, Stephen Dreher, is sick today, and Trenton went 5-0 and did exceptionally well,” Driscoll said. “George Carpenter (113) also went 5-0, a strong performance for him. Dante Veltri, a freshman at 106, came in 4-1 and had a 1-point match with a kid from Corinth Holders who only had like three losses on the season.”
Carrboro, 7-4, travels to Granville Central for a Carolina 12 1-A/2-A Conference match on Tuesday.
“It’s a big turnaround over the last couple of years,” Driscoll said. “The first year we had one win the whole year. Last year we had like three or four wins.”
Cedar Ridge coach Steve Redmon said the team highlight was its “good, solid victory” against Eastern Alamance. The Red Wolves came into the tournament with three vacant weights, and ended up forfeiting five weight classes after their 220- and 285-pounders suffered match injuries.
“We had a couple of our captains look real good, Adam Howard (152) and Brendan Way (145),” Redmon said. “I was happy to see those guys wrestle real tough, as you would expect from two senior leaders.” Howard was 5-0, with a major decision, four pins and 28 team points. Way was 4-1 with three pins, a forfeit and 24 team points.
But he said he “really got a big kick” out of backup freshmen Grady Pritchard (138). “He wrestled tough, had the intensity that is really greater than his years of experience and his age, and seeing that spark in a freshman, that tells me there’s a potential of greatness,” Redmon said.
The Red Wolves, now 4-7, will host Northwood in a Carolina 12 conference match on Wednesday.
BULL CITY THROW DOWN
Round 1—Jordan 59, Cedar Ridge 16; Carrboro 45, Eastern Alamance 36; Corinth Holders 62, Graham 12.
Round 2—Corinth Holders 39, Jordan 29; Carrboro 46, Graham 36; Cedar Ridge 42, Eastern Alamance 27.
Round 3—Jordan 69, Graham 9; Cedar Ridge 48, Ravenscroft 39; Corinth Holders 53, Eastern Alamance 16.
Round 4—Jordan 66, Eastern Alamance 7; Graham 51, Ravenscroft 21; Corinth Holders 49, Carrboro 18.
Round 5—Jordan 45, Carrboro 30; Eastern Alamance 54, Ravenscroft 24; Corinth Holders 57, Cedar Ridge 18.
Round 6—Graham 42, Cedar Ridge 38; Carrboro 42, Ravenscroft 24.
Jordan 59, Cedar Ridge 16
106—Wade Clifton (J) p. Jacob Tutor 3:24. 113—Brock Oakley (J) won by forfeit. 120—Spencer Service (J) won by forfeit. 126—Robert Tomasic (J) won by forfeit. 132—Cooper McKinnon (CR) d. Patrick Tomasic 7-2. 138—Allal Kartaoui (J) tech. fall Grady Pritchard 17-2. 145—Brendan Way (CR) p. Micah Marcin 5:36. 152—Adam Howard (CR) maj. dec. Maliik Marcin 8-0 160—Zach Dwinnell (CR) d. Matthew Morgan 7-2. 170—Kaleel Gainey (J) p. Patrick Blackler 1:35. 182—Tyrece Jones (J) p. Charles Bartscher 2:33. 195—Eric Rivas (J) p. Max Cusatis 1:40 220—Keifer Knight (J) p. Sam Stuart 5:24. 285—Courtland Parker (J) p. Chris Johnson 3:00.
Jordan 45, Carrboro 30
106—Dante Veltri (C) p. River Price 3:10. 113—George Carpenter (C) p. Hlih Ksor 1:59 120—Trenton Davis (C) d. Brock Oakley 19-15. 126—Spencer Service (J) p. Alex Gilligan 1:33. 132—Robbie Tomasic (J) p. Sergei Callaham 1:59. 138—Carl Fulghieri (C) injury default Allal Kartaoui. 145—Keegan Cordell (C) p. Micah Marcin 1:50. 152—Maliik Marcin (J) p. Maxim Gaut 0:55. 160—Carson McKay (C) d. Matthew Morgan 10-7. 170—Kaleel Gainey (J) d. P.J. Veltri. 182—Tyrece Jones (J) won by forfeit. 195—Eric Rivas (J) won by forfeit. 220—Keifer Knight (J) won by forfeit. 285—Courtland Parker (J) p. Magnus Hermeyer 3:13.
Cedar Ridge 42, Eastern Alamance 27
106—Jacob Tutor (CR) won by forfeit. 113—Double forfeit. 120—Akash Minhas (EA) won by forfeit. 126—Roman Stanley (EA) won by forfeit. 132—Cooper McKinnon (CR) p. Jason Terrell 1:38. 138—Mitchell Shivers (CR) dec. Mitchell Dean 5-2. 145—Justin Huntsinger (EA) dec. Brendan Way 11-7. 152—Adam Howard (CR) p. Quintin Ediger 1:39. 160—Zachary Dwinell (CR) p. Addison Henly 2:40. 170—Lucas Scarlett (EA) won by disqualification over Patrick Blackler . 182—Charles Bartscher (CR) p. Johnathan Wilking 2:47. 195—Max Cusatis (CR) won by forfeit. 220—Sam Stuart (CR) dec. Aric Alston 5-4. 285—Dadrian Saunders (EA) p. Christopher Johnson 0:54.
Jordan 66, Eastern Alamance 7
106—Wade Clifton (J) won by forfeit. 113—Brock Oakley (J) won by forfeit. 120—Spencer Service (J) p. Akash Minhas 1:24. 126—Robert Tomasic (J) p. Roman Stanley 1:05. 132—Patrick Tomasic (J) dec. Mitchell Dean 3-1. 138—Justin Huntsinger (EA) maj. dec. Jem Ratilan 9-1. 145—Micah Marcin (J) p. Kendall Hayes 1:12. 152—Matthew Morgan (J) dec. Addison Henly 8-6. 160—Mikkel Sinkjar (J) p. Jordan Lloyd 2:59. 170—Kaleel Gainey (J) p. Lucas Scarlett 1:08. 182—Tyrece Jones (J) p. Johnathan Wilking 0:33. 195—Eric Rivas (J) won by forfeit. 220—Javier Parker (J) pinned Gordon Morris 1:00. 285—Dadrian Saunders (EA) dec. Courtland Parker (J) 4-1.
ORANGE WINTER DUALS
at Orange High School
Round 1—Orange 35, Davie County 26; Wake Forest-Rolesville 59, Durham School of the Arts 13.
Round 2—Orange 49, (DSA) 18; Davie County 51, Northeast Guilford 18.
Round 3—Wake Forest-Rolesville 48, Northeast Guilford 24; Davie County 59, (DSA) 12.
Round 4—Orange 58, Northeast Guilford 12; Davie County 33, Wake Forest-Rolesville 32.
Round 5—Orange 42, Wake Forest-Rolesville 30; Northeast Guilford 39, (DSA) 39.
Orange 35, Davie County 26
106—Joe Scott (O) dec. Lake Billings 11-9 (OT). 113—Gonzalo Garcia (O) dec. Luis Hernandez 5-4. 120—Jared Flynn (O) dec. Javon Adkins 5-2. 126—Ryan Smith (D) maj dec’d Collin Smith 9-0. 132—Preston Beauchamp (D) dec. Michael Proctor 4-2 (OT). 138—Jack Twomey-Kozak (O) tech fall over Bailey Ingram15-0. 145—Anderson Pope (O) p. Isaiah Olmedo 2:45. 152—Corbin Kopetzky (D) dec. Melik Jimenez 10-4. 160—Trevon Faulkner (O) p. Josh Lankford 1:51. 170—Drew LeMaster (O) dec. Jake Hendrix 5-1. 182—Alex Gobble (D) maj. dec. Aubrey Browning 11-1. 195—Jack Robertson (D) p. Brock Wilson 2:33. 220—Parker Cornell (D) p. Argie Burnette 2:36. 285—Byron Stephenson (O) p. Craig Moore 3:10.
Orange 49, DSA 18
106—Joe Scott (O) won by forfeit. 113—Gonzalo Garcia (O) dec. Jario Fernandez 3-0. 120—Drake Swigart (DSA) tech fall over Perry McLelland 16-0. 126—Andrew Williamson (O) dec. Dedryon Cook 9-6. 132—Isaac Little (DSA) maj dec’d Bryce Porterfield 8-0. 138—Eric Hudson (O) maj. dec. Micah Evans 15-5. 145—Travis Holt (O) dec. Saquan Hart 12-11. 152—Lasheena Kearney (O) p. Jahmel McLaughlin 1:08. 160—David Peters-Logue (O) p. Jakeen Brooks 0:52. 170—Joshua Sawyer (DSA) dec. Dylan McKinnon 6-0. 182—Aubrey Browning (O) p. Jonanathan Ibanez 1:45. 195—Michael Eubanks (DSA) p. Brock Wilson 1:54. 220—Argie Burnette (O) p. Luis Moreno 1:51. 285— Dylan Wilson (O) p. Jeremy Wright 0:32.
Orange 58, Northeast Guilford 12
106—Joe Scott (O) p. Kobey Loman-Bade 1:59. 113—Gonzalo Garcia (O) won by forfeit. 120—Jared Flynn (O) maj dec’d Chris Stimpson 9-1. 126—Perry McLelland (O) dec. Cody Blum 2-0. 132—Patrick Brown (NG) dec. Bryce Porterfield 7-0. 138—Jack Twomey-Kozak (O) dec. Thomas Millaway 6-0. 145—Anderson Pope (O) p. Takpota Locklear 1:35. 152—Dashawn Anderson p. Melik Jimenenz 4:52. 160—David Peters-Logue (O) won by pin 1:26. 170—Dylan McKinnon (O) won by pin 1:38. 182—Aubrey Browning (O) won by forfeit. 195—Kendrick Gilbert (NG) p. Brock Wilson (O) 10-3. 220—Argie Burnette (O) won by forfeit. 285—Dylan Wilson (O) won by forfeit.
Orange 42, WF-Rolesville 24
106—Joe Scott (O) p. John Finegan 3:55. 113—Nicholas Mutio (WF-R) dec. Gonzalo Garcia 6-3. 120—Mitchell Goldbach (WF-R) p. Jared Flynn 3:02. 126—Collin Smith (O) p. Justice Jones 1:23. 132—Michael Proctor (O) dec. Jacob Williams 4-3. 138—Nushid Borrow (WF-R) p. Jack Twomey-Kozak 5:00. 145—Anderson Pope (O) p. Oscar Bryant 3:59. 152—Melik Jimenez (O) dec. Axel Kashale 7-5. 160—David Peters-Logue (O) p. John-Michael Sedyer 1:00. 170—Drew LeMaster (O) p. Bryson Hester 2:49. 182—Aubrey Browning (O) p. Terrance Beard 4:36. 195—David Walker (WF-R) p. Brock Wilson 1:26. 220—Nicholas Fant (WF-R) p. Logan Joseph 1:44. 285—Brinson Allen (WF-R) p. Byron Stephenson 5-3.
at Person High School
Team finish—1. Chapel Hill 185, 2. Roxboro Person 132.5, 3. N.C. Science & Math 132, 4. Pittsboro Northwood 127, 5. Danville (Va.) George Washington 115; 6. South Granville 104.5, 7. Granville Central 95, 8. Franklinton 89, 9. Bartlett Yancey 81, 10, Halifax (Va.) 55, 11. Oxford Webb 41, 12. Voyager Academy 28.
(1st & 2nd Places)
106—Brandon Meeks (South Granville) tech. fall Zachary Allen (Chapel Hill) 16-0. 113—Chase Gentry (Person) won by injury defeault over Cole Lewis (Voyager). 120—Darius Pettiford (Person) p. Ryan Childton (Bartlett Yancey) 1:50. 126—Francisco Jimenez (Person) maj. dec. Tommy Morrison (CH) 25-10. 132—Kenny Jay (P) tech. fall Erik Jens (CH) 15-0. 138—Henry Seller (NCSSM) dec. Sherell Torain (Person) 13-8. 145—Joe Carter (CH) dec. Gannon Griffin (H) 8-7. 152—Nathan Bizzell (Granville Central) p. Stephen Fritz (Franklinton) 3:34. 160—Brysen Thrope (SG) p. James Anderson (H) 3:07. 170—Jeshua Ray (NCSSM) p. Nelson Gregio (Granville Central) 1:56. 182— Benson Robles (NCSSM) dec. Austin Brogden (SG) 5-3. 195—Jourden Blackmon (Northwood) p. Kenny Walls (SG) 1:22. 220—Ezra Walker (H) dec. Charlie Allen (Granville Central) 7-4. 285—Thaddeus Tallman (Northwood) p. Arthur Colson (CH) 3:55.
(3rd & 4th Place)
106—James Carter (GW) p. Justin Perry (Webb) 3:23. 113—Duncan Brown (NCSSM) dec. Nick Stefanadis (CH) 4-3. 120—Alex Lowry (Franklinton) dec. I`Money Rushing (CH) 3-2. 126—Arie Freeman (Granville Central) dec. Joseph Royster (F) 7-2. 132—Nick McNamara (NCSSM) dc. Zac Harris (Webb) 7-5. 138—Michael Queen (Northwood) p. Camden Bergey (CH) 3:39. 145—Josh Babich (NCSSM) dec. Zafer Estill (Northwood) 7-6. 152—Talis Martin (GW) p. Luis Aldaz (Person) 2:52. 160—Evan Parrott (Granville Central) dec. Billy Gottenstrater (NCSSM) 12-6. 170—Julias Brandon (GW) p. John Dunning (Northwood) 0:35. 182—Andrew Hotong (CH) dec. Antonio Rogers (F) 10-5. 195—Roberto Sibrian (CH) dec. Josh Davis (BY) 4-3. 220— Robert Price (CH) p. William Pressley (BY) 5:57. 285—John Bennett (Webb) dec. Talik Martin (GW) 9-7.