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Eight wrestlers move on to states after regionals; championship rounds begin today

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Five wrestlers from Alamance County schools in Class 3-A and two others in Class 2-A advanced to this week’s state tournament. Plus, there’s one wrestler in the first girls’ state tournament.

Western Alamance’s Zeke May and Chazz May, Southern Alamance’s Jace Rich and Luke White, and Williams’ Zy’Aire Priester placed in last week’s Class 3-A Mideast Regional at Union Pines.

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Wrestlers in the top four in their weight classes in regionals qualified for the state tournament, which is set for Thursday through Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Zeke May was the only county wrestler to reach a regional final. The 175-pound senior was a third-period pin victim against Brook Sullivan of Union Pines. May pinned his way to the final with three falls, including two in the first periods.

Chazz May went 4-1, with the loss by technical fall in the semifinal to Nicholas Mascolino of Union Pines. May defeated Eastern Guilford’s Chris Vargas by technical fall in the quarterfinals and then pinned him in 53 seconds to capture third place.

Rich won four consecutive bouts after falling in the quarterfinals to place third at 157. Rich lost in overtime to Western Harnett’s Christian Curva and then worked his way back to face Curva again. Rich won 4-3 in the rematch.

White, a heavyweight, recorded two pins before losing in the semifinals. White won 2-1 against Northeast Guilford’s Antionio Escobar to reach the third-place bout, where he was pinned by Eastern Guilford’s Christopher Riley.

Priester, a 132-pounder, went 4-2 in the regional winning three in a row before claiming a medical forfeit in the third-place match.

Western 215-pounder Cameryn Pettigrew was 3-2, with five bouts determined by pins.

Southern’s Andrew Dudley was 2-2 at 150, Williams’ Abdiel Gutierrez Moreno at 113 and Western’s Gavin Smith went 2-2 at 113. Eastern Alamance’s Chasen Phillips (138) and Mason Turner (144) and Williams heavyweight Christopher Melton were all 2-2 with all their matches ending in pins.

 

Class 2-A

In the Mideast Regional at Eden Morehead, Graham and Southeast Alamance each advanced one wrestler to the state tournament.

Graham’s Max Proffitt reached the regional final at 132 pounds by pinning Troy McCaw of St. Pauls in 4:33 and edging Bunn’s Zach Posner by 8-4. But Proffitt was a second-period pin victim against Reidsville’s Rayshaun James in the final.

Graham’s Jose De Jesus was 3-2 at 190 and teammate Oscar Benitez went 2-2 at 113, but neither wrestler advanced to states.

Southeast heavyweight Noel Jennings lost in the quarterfinals to Eden Morehead’s Hagen Barker before winning two matches to reach the third-place bout, where he met Barker again. Jennings dropped a 3-1 decision to finish fourth.

Southeast’s Maleek Booker at 175 recorded a pair of pins, but ended up 2-2 in the regional.

 

Girls’ tournament

The first sanctioned North Carolina High School Athletic Association championships for girls’ wrestling also will be held at the coliseum. Western Alamance’s Mackenzie Lafever is a state qualifier after placing third at 145 in the Mideast Regional earlier this month.

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