Red Devils, Tigers in dual playoff action Thursday
The third and fourth rounds of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) dual team wrestling playoffs are Thursday with two Catawba County teams in action.
Newton-Conover (40-5) is the only county team home tonight, hosting a trio of teams, including Thomasville (36-3), Owen (16-14) and Piedmont (31-5).
The Red Devils have been eliminated in each of the past three seasons by Piedmont, including a gut-wrenching 35-31 defeat last February that went down to the seventh criteria tiebreaker.
Fred T. Foard (36-2) is the other county team in action tonight, traveling to Southwest Randolph High School. The Tigers compete against Ashbrook (23-6) with the winner facing either Robinson (27-6) or Southwest Randolph (42-2).
The Tigers were knocked out of last year's 3A duals by Southwest Randolph, 33-32, after the Cougars earned a late pin and Foard had a point deducted for misconduct.
NCHSAA dual team playoff schedule
2A dual team playoffs (at Newton-Conover H.S.)
Newton-Conover (40-5) vs. Thomasville (36-3)
Piedmont (31-5) vs. Owen (16-14)
3A dual team playoffs (at SW Randolph H.S.)
Fred T. Foard (36-2) vs. Ashbrook (23-6)
Robinson (27-6) vs. SW Randolph (42-2)