High School Roundup | Wrestlers advance at NCHSAA state championship tournament
From staff reports
Saturday, February 16, 2019
GREENSBORO — Area wrestlers advanced during the opening rounds of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A Individual State Championship tournament at Greensboro Coliseum Thursday evening and Friday.
Currituck’s Samuel Hodge won his opening round 113-pound match against Patton’s Dilan Patton by a 5-2 decision.
Currituck’s Trent Walker won his 160-pound match by pin against Walkertown’s Cody Luster.
Northeastern’s Jonathan Ward won his opening-round match at 138 pounds with a pin against Anson’s Robert Crump.
Raven Atkins secured a first-round win at 220 pounds with a victory by a 15-6 major decision against North Davidson’s David Green.
Pasquotank’s Thong Tran also won his first-round match with a 6-5 decision against Maiden’s Justin Wilson.
Northeastern’s Scott Marazoff lost his opening-round match at 126 pounds to North Lincoln’s Andrew Holden by pin.
Marazoff won his consolation first-round match Friday morning with a pin of Trinity’s Colby Short.
In quarterfinal action Friday afternoon, Hodge lost to Trinity’s Aaron Ortega-Perez by a 6-4 decision, Ward defeated West Lincoln’s Xander Pendergrass by a 2-1 decision, Tran lost by pin to Central Academy’s Aiden Curry, Walker lost to Central Academy’s Cade Haines by 9-1 major decision and Atkins defeated West Lincoln’s Harley Scronce by a 5-1 decision.
In the championship semifinals Friday night, Ward lost to Foard’s Josh Riggs by a 6-5 decision in a 138-pound match and Atkins lost his 220-pound match to East Henderson’s Sean Sprague by pin.
In the consolation quarterfinals Friday evening, Hodge defeated Bunn’s Scottie Spencer by a 9-2 decision, Marazoff lost to Chase’s Hunter Dover by a 10-3 decision to end his season, Walker lost his 160-pound match to Lexington’s Nkosi Barnes by a 13-4 major decision to end his season and Tran lost his 152 pound match to West Stanly’s Jared Watson by pin to conclude his season.
Hodge, Ward and Atkins are expected to wrestle in the consolation semifinals today.
Gates 45, Camden 35: The Lady Bruins (3-19, 0-10 Albemarle Athletic Conference) lost the league match at home Thursday night.
Haley Loyd, Kennedy Lighty and Taniya Swinson scored seven points each for Camden.
Gates (11-12, 3-7 AAC) ends the regular season in fifth place in the conference.
John A. Holmes 67, Perquimans 53: Edenton (15-8, 7-3 AAC) ended its regular season with a win against Perquimans at home Thursday night.
Le'Asia Stanley led Edenton with 28 points and 15 rebounds, Jamillian Johnson followed with 16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while Dymon Rankins posted 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in the win.
Jada Modlin led Perquimans with 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals, Asha Elliott followed with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals, while McKayle Knapp posted nine points, four rebounds and five steals.
Perquimans (16-7, 6-4 AAC) ends the regular season in third place in the conference.
Gates 45, Camden 39: Camden (10-13, 4-6 Albemarle Athletic Conference) lost its conference regular season finale at home Thursday.
Tim Aydlett led Camden with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal, while Bradley Harrell followed with eight points.
Gates (11-12, 6-4 AAC) ends conference regular season action in third place.
John A. Holmes 64, Perquimans 39: Edenton (19-4, 8-2 AAC) secured the league win at home Thursday night.
Zion Boston, Antuan Sharpe, Nakevin Hill, Mitjonta Stanley, Rodtevin Rawls and Keenan Downing scored eight points each for the Aces.
Perquimans (7-17, 0-10 AAC) was led offensively by Shihene Foreman and Stefon Reid who scored nine points each.