Area wrestlers find success in regionals
Area wrestlers starred in state individual tournament regional competition Friday and Saturday.
Northern and Coach Matt Brown had a run on champions at the 4-A Mideast Regional at Lee County High School in Sanford — two expected, one a bit of a surprise.
Last year’s state runners-up — Josh Brown (106) and Rodney Shepard (152) — won their weight classes pretty much as expected. Both are outstanding. Brown, who sported a 49-3 record going into the regional was a No. 2 seed to Holly Springs’ 50-0 Aaron Redus but handled him in the final 7-3.
No. 1 seed Shepard got a bye in the first round, won a pair handily and then got the championship when his finals’ opponent defaulted.
Brown and Shepard are expected to contend for state titles in Greensboro.
Northern’s third title was won by Atavion Oliver at 170. He came into the regional as a No. 3 seed. Also advancing to states from Northern were Jeremiah Humphrey (3rd, 145) and Deshon Holmes (4th, 220).
While team scoring is not the be-all and end-all of this tournament — the recently completed dual-team competition was the determinant of the top teams in the state — Jordan coach Phil Davanzo was pleasantly surprised at his PAC-6 team’s third-place points standing at the end of the Sanford competition.
The Falcons advanced five wrestlers to states, including regional 182-pound champ and No. 1 seedTyrece Jones, second place 285-pounder Courtland Parker — who the title match to Riverside’s Gary Whitaker, third place Spencer Service (120) and Robert Tomasic (126) and fourth place Kartaoui Allal (128).
Jordan (105 points) wasn’t all that far behind winner Holly Springs (130.5) and second-place Cary (122). Northern was sixth at 79, Southern ninth at 61, Roxboro Person 10th at 60, Riverside 14th at 35, East Chapel Hill 18th at 19 and Hillside 21st with 12 points.
Perennial state 3-A power Orange dominated the 3-A Mideast Regional at Morehead High School in Eden. The Panthers churned out champions in Joe Scott (106), Collin Smith (126), Jack Twomey-Kozak (138), Anderson Pope (145), David Peters-Logue (160) and Aubrey Browning (182). Ten Orange wrestlers in all advanced to states.
Arthur Colson gave Chapel Hill its only champion at 220 pounds.
Congrats, too, to Carrboro’s Carson McKay (160), George Carpenter (113) and Stephen Dreher (120) — champions all at the 2-A Mideast Regional at Durham School of the Arts.
Carpenter, despite his diminutive frame, was a key member of Carrboro’s state runner-up 2-A football team in the fall and had the upset of the regional when he took down last year’s state runner-up, Quan Le of T.W. Andrews, in the title bout.
Isaac Little (132) of Durham School of the Arts was the only other champion out of the Carolina 12 2-A Conference. In the 1-A East Regional at Princeton High School, N.C. Science & Math made a splash as Henry Seiler won the 138 title.
CORRECTION — In a summary that appeared at the end of a story in Sunday’s paper about Saturday’s 2-A Mideast Regional at Durham School of the Arts, 126-pound consolation champion Arie Freeman’s school affiliation was listed incorrectly. He attends Granville Central. It was noted correctly in the body of the story.