East wrestling wins tourney, No. 1 seed

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 3, 2014

East’s 42-30 loss to Hickory Ridge on Friday created a three-way tie for first place in the SPC.
Nick Cornacchione, Wyatt Blume, Shiheem Saunders and Jake Boltz had pins for the Mustangs. Logan Haas and Luke Miller won decisions.
East, Hickory Ridge and Cox Mill all finished 7-1. It was East’s first conference championship in 16 years.
East won the draw on Saturday for the conference’s No. 1 seed for the 3A dual team state playoffs, which start Tuesday. Hickory Ridge will be the No. 2 seed.
East won Saturday’s conference tournament:
Team scores: East 146, Hickory Ridge 139.5, Cox Mill 133, Carson 116.5, Central Cabarrus 101, South Rowan 98.5, West Rowan 60, Northwest Cabarrus 52.5, Concord 39.
East in the tournament:
• Cornacchione, second at 106
• Haas third at 113
• Jeff Burrell fourth at 120
• Miller second at 145
• Blume champion (3-0) at 152
• Max Wall third at 160
• Saunders champion (2-0) at 170
• Boltz third at 182
• Austin Hoosier fourth at 220
East wrestles Tuesday against the Southern Carolina No. 2 seed and also would wrestle against the North Iredell-Big South No. 2 winner if it wins in the first round. The site will be announced.
In addition to conference championships by Tyler Hall, Logan Durham and Isaac Hengel, South Rowan got a second-place effort by Angel Ruiz and fourth places from Patrick Viars and James Littlejohn.
More on Salisbury swimming:
Salisbury’s boys 400 free relay team of Taylor Rodenhuis, Matt Woolly, Andrew Mason and Max Patel placed ninth in Saturday’s West Regional in Huntersville.
Salisbury’s girls 200 relay team of McKenzie Stevens, Sharmi Armin, Shelby Holden and Amelia Steinman placed 11th. Salisbury’s 400 relay team of Armin, Stevens, Steinman and Nellie Brown was ninth. Steinman was 11th in the 50 free.
Catawba pitcher Craig Brooks didn’t make many mistakes Sunday, but a three-run homer in the first inning lifted Nova Southeastern to a 5-3 win over the Indians.
Julio Zubillaga (Carson) drove in two runs for Catawba (0-3). Keaton Hawks had three hits.

Corriher-Lipe’s girls won 40-37 against Erwin.
Janiya Downs scored 25 points for the Yellow Jackets. Haley Brigman added seven.
Zynoria Winford led the Eagles with 20 points. Laura Weisensel had nine.
Mike Smith scored 25 points to lead Pfeiffer’s men to a 95-90 win against Lees-McRae on Saturday.
• Lauren White scored 14 points to lead Pfeiffer’s women to a 74-62 win over Lees-McRae.
Livingstone’s women’s basketball team lost to visiting Winston-Salem State 64-60 on Saturday night.
Livingstone (10-10, 5-5 CIAA) hosts St. Augustine’s in a Southern Division makeup game tonight at 5:30 p.m. The men’s game will follow.

WINSTON-SALEM STATE (64) — Scott 18, Elum 18, Graham 17, Weston 7, Coleman 2, Hairston 2.
LIVINGSTONE (60) — York 22, Tolliver 11, Evans 11, Lepzem 6, Foster 6, Hicks 4, Daniels, Walker, Coe, Holloway.
W-Salem St. 21 43 — 64
Livingstone 29 31 — 60

Catawba’s women’s basketball team stopped a skid with a 56-47 win against Carson-Newman on Saturday.
Catawba (9-9, 7-7) is home on Wednesday against SAC opponent Queens with a 6 p.m. tipoff. The Catawba men will follow.

CARSON-NEWMAN (47) — Burstrom 10, Kyle 8, Cupples 6, Markus 5, Peacher 5, Peterson 4, McLaughlin 4, Brooks 3, Franklin 2.
CATAWBA (56) — Bully 24, Huntley 7, McPhail 5, Greer 5, Ucinski 4, Dixon 3, Clay 2, Whitby 2, Ciric 2, Brown 2.
Carson-Newman 27 20 — 47
Catawba 28 28 — 56