4 wrestlers will vie for state championships Saturday

Four Catawba County wrestlers are in the finals on Saturday of the 2A and 3A state championships in Greensboro.

Newton-Conover’s Franklin Wepner (126) and Addison Klutz (152), Maiden’s Evan Spears (160) and St. Stephens’ Bradley Bader (113) are all in the championships of their respective weight classes with a chance to bring home individual state titles.

Wepner and Klutz and trying to become the first state champion wrestlers at Newton-Conover since Andrew Tremain in 2010.

If Spears is victorious, he will become the first-ever Maiden wrestler to win an individual state title.

Bader is attempting to repeat the success of his departed teammate, Ray Farnsworth, who won a state title one season ago.

2A results

First round consolations
120: Garrett Hinson (Bandys) dec. Dustin McCaw (Croatan), 6-2; 126: Jacob Hewitt (Maiden) forfeit Jake Villabona (South Lenoir); Daylan Conner (Piedmont) dec. Cody Dobbins (Bunker Hill), 3-2; 132: Tavarius Hall (St. Pauls) dec. Camron Crowe (Bandys), 5-3 OT; 138: Logan Quiney (Bunker Hill) pin Eric Joyner (North Johnston), 2:14; 170: Brett Carlile (Maiden) maj. dec. Homero Segura (North Brunswick), 13-3; 195: Peter Guiraud (Bandys) pin Timothy Daniel (West Stokes), 4:07

Second round consolations
106: Ian Canrobert (NC) dec. David Niemitalo (Wheatmore), 4-2; 120: Garrett Hinson (Bandys) dec. Louis Dupree (Thomasville), 5-2; 126: Jose Ramirez (Polk County) pin Jacob Hewitt (Maiden, 4:48; 138: Logan Quiney (Bunker Hill) pin Dakota Elliott (Ashe County), 2:43; 152: Richard Kerekes (Maiden) tech. fall Aaron Reeves (Thomasville), 19-4; 160: Andrew Brotherton dec. Daquan Suddreth (West Caldwell), 9-5; 170: Joshua Sawyer (DSA) dec. Brett Carlile (Maiden), 9-5; 195: Peter Guiraud (Bandys) pin Bryant White (Surry Central), 2:26.

Winner’s bracket quarterfinals
106: Grayson Millis (Croatan) dec. Ian Canrobert (NC), 4-0; 126: Franklin Wepner (NC) dec. DAndre Hunter (Salisbury); 145: Walter Jenkins (DSA) dec. Eric Holbrook (NC), 10-8 OT; 152: Addison Klutz (NC) dec. Joseph Evans (TW Andrews), 2-1; 160: Evan Spears (Maiden) dec. Nick ODonnell (Starmount), 11-4; 182: Zac Whisnant (Bandys) pin Josh Shoaf (West Davidson), 3:27; 195: Tyler Benfield (NC) dec. Bryant White (Surry Central), 6-2.

Winner’s bracket semifinals
126: Franklin Wepner (NC) dec. Tyler Miles (TW Andrews), 10-7; 152: Addison Klutz (NC) dec. James Napier (North Johnston), 5-2; 160: Evan Spears (Maiden) dec. Cole Muehlbach (Eastern Randolph), 8-6 OT; 182: Logan Younger (North Surry) pin Zac Whisnant (Bandys), 0:43; 195: Kyle Colborn (Croatan) dec. Tyler Benfield (NC), 3-0.

2A team standings (after second day)
1. Trinity 107
2. Croatan 73
3. Andrews 64
4. Piedmont 63.5
5. North Surry 60
T-6. N-C 54
T-6. N. Hend. 54
10. Maiden 31.5
20. Bandys 23.5
T-42. Bunker Hill 6

3A results

First round consolations
120: Caleb Griffin (Foard) maj. dec. Tyler Hinch (Ledford Senior), 16-2; 152: Jared Nicholson (West Iredell) dec. Trevor Cook (Foard), 6-5; 220: Sharif Humes (Statesville) dec. Nick Rotenberry (Foard), 5-2

Second round consolations
106: Jonah Swinson (JM Robinson) dec. Blake Rogers (SS), 2-0 OT; 120: Jesus Vera (West Henderson) dec. Caleb Griffin (Foard), 11-5; 145: Jeremy Fredell (Foard) dec. Austin Holbrook (South Rowan), 4-2.

Winner’s bracket quarterfinals
106: Noell Carrillo (Hunt) dec. Blake Rogers (SS), 5-4; 113: Bradley Bader (SS) dec. Jonathan Ruiz (South Rowan), 10-9; 132: Ben Pitts (Foard) dec. Ryan Hull (Union Pines), 7-6; 138: Ian Martin (SS) dec. Shabaz Butt (Ledford Senior), 4-1; 145: Zach Rimmer (Orange) dec. Jeremy Fredell (Foard), 8-3; 160: Hayden Albert (Foard) dec. Devonte Dickens (Fike), 4-2; 195: Zack Edwards (Foard) forfeit Wood Mancuso (West Carteret).

Winner’s bracket semifinals
113: Bradley Bader (SS) dec. Jake Britt (Hunt), 15-8; 132: Payton Shuford (West Iredell) dec. Ben Pitts (Foard), 1-0; 138: Patrick O'Neill (Cardinal Gibbons) dec. Ian Martin (SS), 5-2; 195: Cole Wyrick (NE Guilford) dec. Zack Edwards (Foard), 9-3.

3A team standings (after second day)
1. Orange 69
2. NE Guilford 64
3. JM Robinson 52.5
4. Union Pines 49.5
5. Havelock 45
12. St. Stephens 31
13. Foard 29

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