High School Roundup | Area wrestlers win regional titles

High School Roundup


From staff reports

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Several area wrestlers won individual North Carolina High School Athletic Association East Regional championships on Saturday at regional tournaments.

At the Class 2A East Regional at Croatan High School, Currituck’s Albert Harris (220 pounds), Northeastern’s Jonathan Ward (138 pounds), Pasquotank’s Javiaughn Basnight (132 pounds) and Darrien Stutz (195 pounds) won individual regional championships in their respective weigh divisions.

Harris, a junior, defeated Washington’s Logan Nichols by pin, Ward won his regional by an 11-5 decision over Dixon’s Joey Marker.

Basnight, a senior, won the 132-pound final by a 14-2 major decision over Clay Sanders of Croatan.

Stutz, a senior, defeated Northeastern’s Dylan Herman by a 3-2 decision in an all Elizabeth City final at 195 pounds.

As the regional runner-up, Herman advances to the state championship tournament.

At 120 pounds, Northeastern’s Scott Marazoff finished in fourth place to advance to the state meet.

Pasquotank’s Thong Tran (145 pounds and Jelani Alcorn (182 pounds) both finished fourth in their respective weight division to advance to the state meet.

The top four wrestlers from each weight class advance to the state championship tournament.

John A. Holmes’ Ky’Vaughn Rome (220 pounds) and Nata Rankins (120 pounds) qualified for the state championship meet at the 1A East Regional at South Davidson High School.

Rome, a senior, defeated South Stanly’s Khris Mayo by pin to finish third in the region in the weight division.

Rankins, also a senior, fell to Cole Armstrong of Chatham Central by pin to finish fourth in the region.

Manteo, which competes with Edenton in the Albemarle Athletic Conference, will send a wrestler to the state championship as senior Jonathan Zafra won the 195 pound regional championship with a pin of Uwharrie Charter’s Dylan Jones in the 195 final.

Cape Hatteras’ Nevaeh Willis finished in fourth place in the region at 126 pounds to advance to the state meet.

The first round of the 2A individual state championship tournament is set for Thursday, while the quarterfinal round of the 1A individual state championship tournament is on Friday.


Camden 60, Perquimans 44: Camden (12-12, 4-6 Albemarle Athletic Conference) had two players score 20 or more points in the win on Saturday.

Brock Colson led the Bruins with 21 points and connected on seven 3-pointers.

Colson, a senior, added three rebounds with an assist.

JR Williams followed with 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Tim Aydlett followed with 17 points and two rebounds.

Aydlett, a sophomore, connected on five 3-pointers in the contest.

Anthony Cordy posted eight rebounds and seven assists in the win.

Perquimans (11-12, 2-8 AAC) ends the regular season on a four-game losing streak.

The two rivals will meet again in the quarterfinal round of the Albemarle Athletic Conference boys basketball tournament today at Camden at 6 p.m.


Perquimans 46, Camden 38: The Lady Pirates (11-10, 4-6 Albemarle Athletic Conference) closed the regular season with a win at home on Saturday.

Haley Loyd led Camden (3-20, 1-9 AAC) with nine points, Shae Ferebee followed with seven points, while Lilly Cartwright and Hailey Bunting posted six points each. Cartwright added a team-high eight rebounds.

Both teams are in action today at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the Albemarle Athletic Conference tournament.

Perquimans travels to Edenton, while Camden goes to Gates.


Pasquotank senior Amaya Simpson was honored at the Lady Panthers’ regular-season finale against Northeastern at Elizabeth City State University on Friday night for recently scoring her 1,000th career point.

Simpson has been a member of the varsity team for more than three seasons.

Pasquotank, the No. 2 seed in the Northeastern Coastal Conference girls basketball tournament, returns to the court on Wednesday in the semifinal round of the tournament.