Area Sports Briefs: Wrestling takes center stage
From staff reports
The Greensboro Coliseum will be the site of the individual state wrestling championships on Friday and Saturday.
The championships bring together 784 of the state’s best prep grapplers for competition. Almost 1,400 individual matches will be contested over the course of the event en route to crowning 56 different individual champions — one winner in each of the 14 weight divisions and four different classifications.
Wrestling will start at noon on Friday with the 3A classification first round, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the 4A first round and then at 3 p.m. with the 2A first round. The 1A classification won’t begin until 8 p.m. on Friday. Competition will reconvene on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Wrestlers qualified based on regional tournaments.
Fourteen Rowan wrestlers qualified, including regional champs J.C Burton (Salisbury, 182), Logan Durham (South Rowan, 113), Brandon Sloop (Carson, 170) and Zac Ridenhour (West Rowan, 138).
A.L. Brown will be represented in the 4A tournament by six wrestlers, including regional champs Isaiah Johnston (145) and Keechan Ware (220).
Davie has four qualifiers.
This is the 28th year that the wrestling championships have been classified. Prior to 1987, all wrestlers, regardless of the size of the school, competed for a single title.
The NCHSAA has been offering a championship in the sport since the 1930’s.
Dual team state champions were Fayetteville Jack Britt (4A), Newton Fred T. Foard (3A), West Lincoln (2A) and Mitchell (1A).
Results from the Two-Man Captain’s Choice at Corbin Hills.
First Flight: 1st — Lee Frick/ Blake Wray (62); 2nd — Keith Dorsett/ Ryan Honeycutt (63)
Second Flight: 1st — Chuck Valley/ Alan Barefoot (69) and won scorecard playoff; 2nd — Garrett Gardner/Chace Jensen (69)
Third Flight: 1st — Rick Wiles/Brad Bebber (72) and won scorecard playoff; 2nd — Bob Whitley/ Linda Whitley (72)
Skins: Frick/Wray (3), Gardner/Jensen (2), David Dorsett/Michael Dorsett, Keith Dorsett/ Honeycutt
North Rowan’s boys will play at Lexington at 7 p.m. on Friday in a tiebreaker game to determine the CCC’s No. 1 boys seed for the state playoffs.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
The teams tied for first place with 9-1 records and split with each other.
Playoff pairings and seeds will be announced Saturday. Playoff games are scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week.
Catawba hopes to return to the diamond on Monday against Brevard in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
Due to weather, the teams scrapped the original three-game series that was scheduled to start on Friday.
Craig Brooks, Shaefer Shepard and freshman Connor Johnson (East Rowan) comprise the pitching rotation for the Indians. Johnson is 3-0.
Blake Houston (South Rowan) batted .714 in Catawba’s series at Stillman last weekend. T.J. Wharton batted .538.
The Indians lead the all-time series 16-4 and are 9-1 in games at Newman Park with a current nine-game streak.
• Matt Laurens (North Rowan) pitched two scoreless innings in relief and struck out three as North Greenville beat Kentucky Wesleyan 11-1 on Saturday.
Ayanna Holmes (Salisbury) scored six points and had five assists in Charlotte’s 71-61 loss at Louisiana Tech on Thursday.
The FCCA U11 soccer team, the Green Dragons won 1-0 in their most recent league match.
Scoring for the Dragons (2-1-0) was Maddox Goodnight with a header off a corner kick. Christopher Portillo, Ben Childress, Ben Sweet and Oscar Enciso led the defensive effort. Nick Antosek recorded the shutout in goal.
The Rowan Wolfpack Basketball Club is looking for players for a 7th grade/13U boys basketball travel team. Open gym scrimmages are Feb. 21 and 28 at South Rowan Y from 1-2 p.m. Email Rowan.Wolfpack@yahoo.com or call (470) 313-4278.
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