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Nine 2A wrestlers and seven 3A wrestlers are still alive for a chance at NCHSAA individual state wrestling titles after the first day of competition in Greensboro.
Newton-Conover remains in the best shape for a potential state championship. All five Red Devils who qualified for states, including Ian Canrobert (106), Franklin Wepner (126), Eric Holbrook (145), Addison Klutz (152) and Tyler Benfield (195), all advanced to the second round.
The Red Devils have the most points of any 2A school with 16, which ties them for fourth place with TW Andrews. They trail 2A leader North Surry by eight points.
Maiden, who advanced Richard Kerekes and Evan Spears to round two, are tied for 13th with eight points. Bandys is a half point behind in 20th.
Bunker Hill, who saw both its wrestlers â€” Logan Quiney and Cody Dobbins â€” fall to consolations, have not scored a point yet and are in 51st place.
Northwestern 3A/4A schools Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens are tied for eighth heading into the second day of competition. Both teams accrued 10 points.
The defending state champion Tigers earned a fall victory by Hayden Albert (160) and decisions by Ben Pitts (132), Jeremy Fredell (145) and Zack Edwards (195).
Three Tigers â€” Caleb Griffin (120), Trevor Cook (152) and Nick Rotenberry (220) all fell and move to the consolation round.
Indians Blake Rogers (forfeit), Bradley Bader (fall) and Ian Martin (decision) all advanced, as well.
2A individual championships â€” 1st round
106: Ian Canrobert (NC) pin Kendric Greene (Cuthbertson), 3:20
120: Easton Auman (Wheatmore) dec. Garrett Hinson (Bandys), 2-1
126: Franklin Wepner (NC) pin Cooper Rgoers (Cedar Ridge), 1:33
Tyler Miles (Andrews) pin Jacob Hewitt (Maiden), 2:53
Tyler Myers (Trinity) maj. dec. Cody Dobbins (Bunker Hill), 11-3
Matthew Evans (North Johnston) maj. dec. Camron Crowe (Bandys), 8-0
138: Danford Carpenter (Lexington) dec. Logan Quiney (Bunker Hill), 5-4
145: Eric Holbrook (NC) dec. Landon Leithauser (First Flight), 3-0
152: Richard Kerekes (Maiden) pin Shane Hemmings (West Davidson), 3:20
Addison Klutz (NC) dec. Matthew Maske (Piedmont), 5-2
160: Andrew Brotherton (Bandys) forfeit Adam Howard (Cedar Ridge)
Evan Spears (Maiden) pin Mark Lovelace (Reidsville Senior), 1:44
170: Cole Shumway (Northeastern) dec. Brett Carlile (Maiden), 8-5
182: Zac Whisnant (Bandys) tech. fall Michael Mastriani (Cedar Ridge), 17-2
195: Tyler Benfield (NC) pin Hunter Spainhour (Randleman), 3:04
Cameron King (Trinity) pin Peter Guiraud (Bandys), 4:00
2A team scores (points)
1. North Surry 24
2. Trinity 21
3. West Lincoln 17
T-4. TW Andrews 16
T-4. Newton-Conover 16
6. Croatan 14
7. Owen 13
8. Piedmont 12
9. North Henderson 11
10. West Caldwell 10
T-13. Maiden 8
20. Bandys 7.5
51. Bunker Hill 0
3A individual championships â€”Â 1st round
106: Blake Rogers (SS) forfeit Aaron Feinberg (Chapel Hill)
113: Bradley Bader (SS) pin Zac Ragan (Western Alamance), 0:44
120: Ryan Davis (Havelock) dec. Caleb Griffin (Foard), 7-5
132: Ben Pitts (Foard) dec. Jaymes Fairbank (West Rowan), 3-2
138: Ian Martin (SS) dec. Peter Dreher (Chapel Hill), 2-1
145: Jeremy Fredell (Foard) dec. Dashawn Taylor (Northern Nash), 7-4
152: John Wiley (South Brunswick) pin Trevor Cook (Foard), 4:44
160: Hayden Albert (Foard) pin Roscoe Burnette (Chapel Hill), 5:05
195: Zack Edwards (Foard) dec. Xavier Gregory (Southern Vance), 2-1
220: Josh Huskey (Union Pines) pin Nick Rotenberry (Foard), 5:22
3A team scores (points)
1. Orange 24
2. Union Pines 16
3. NE Guilford 15
4. Enka 14
5. Ashbrook 12.5
6. S. Brunswick 12
7. West Carteret 11
T-8. Foard 10
T-8. St. Stephens 10
10. JM Robinson 8.5