Season comes to close in states for area wrestlers

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Wrestlers from Alamance County were done by the second day of the three-day state tournament last week at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Only Western Alamance senior Zeke May won a first-round match. No wrestler from the county won more than one bout.

May, a 175-pounder, pinned Franklin’s Elijah Ellison in 5:43 in the Class 3-A first round before he was eliminated from title contention when he lost to West Rowan’s Mason Kincaid via a quarterfinal pin in 5:05.

Later during the tournament’s second day, May was dismissed via a 5-2 loss to Ledford’s Cohen Batchek.

Wilson Fike’s Justin Bullock pinned Western Alamance’s Chazz May in 4:44 at 190. Chazz May then defeated Carson’s Andrew Reeves by 9-2 before his tournament time was done because Dillan Earp of Hibriten pinned him in 3:49.

Pigsah’s Xander Hill pinned Southern Alamance 157-pounder Jace Rich in 3:05 at 157 in the first round. Rich responded with a pin of First Flight’s Dillon Francis in 2:03 before he bowed out of the tournament with a 7-5 setback to Northside’s Moises Sontay.  Rich, a sophomore, suffered his two defeats to seniors.

Wilson Fike’s Nicholas Rodgers pinned Southern Alamance heavyweight Luke White in 49 seconds in the opening round. Next, White was ousted with a 6-3 loss to Smoky Mountain’s Donnie Hebenstreit.

North Lincoln’s Gage Helms stopped Zy’Aire Priester of Williams in 4:45 for a technical fall in the 132 class in the first round. Priester was done after his next match, a loss via third-period pin by Northern Nash’s Luis Berdiel.

A week earlier in the Mideast Regional at Union Pines, Zeke May was the only county wrestler to reach a regional final. He 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 in the regional, 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. 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 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 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

Both entrants from Alamance County went 0-2.

Derek Freeman of West Davidson won by technical fall against Graham’s Max Profitt in 4:53 at 132. Profitt lost in the first consolation round in a 6-3 decision to Shelby’s Davon Marble.

In the first round, Lincolnton’s Geviaunta Walker stuck Southeast Alamance’s Noel Jennings in 1:06 at heavyweight. Jorge Modina of Ayden-Grifton then pinned Jennings in 1:39 in a consolation bout.

  • In the Mideast Regional a week earlier at Eden Morehead, 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.

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.

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


Girls’ tournament

In the first sanctioned North Carolina High School Athletic Association girls’ wrestling state tournament, Western Alamance 145-pounder Mackenzie Lafever lost both her matches. She was pinned by West Rowan’s Brooke Cribbs and by Swansboro’s Maggie Milbery.

Lafever placed third in the Mideast Regional earlier in the month.