NCHSAA Wrestling State Championship Recaps — Fred T Foard wins 2A title

GREENSBORO – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) held the 2020 Dual Team Wrestling State Championships at the Greensboro Coliseum Field House. The State Championships capped off a week of exciting duals for the 2020 Dual Team Playoffs. Avery County claimed the 1A title with a 35-30 victory over Uwharrie Charter. Fred T. Foard earned the 2A title, defeating Croatan 59-9. Northern Guilford slipped past Enka 42-31 for the 3A championship. Hough stunned Cardinal Gibbons by a score of 33-31 to win the 4A championship.

1A Dual Team Wrestling Championship

Avery County gets their first Dual Team Championship slipping by Uwharrie Charter

GREENSBORO, NC – The Avery County Vikings claimed the program’s first Dual Team State Championship, taking the 1A Dual from Uwharrie Charter by a 35-30 final. Zachary Vance secured the victory for Avery in the 285-pound division, defeating Sergio Saldana from Uwharrie Charter 7-0 to win by decision and seal the title ahead of Avery’s final two weight classes that were vacant of qualified participants for the Vikings. Vance’s victory put the Vikings up 35-18, paving the way for a 35-30 final margin and earning him the 1A Most Outstanding Wrestler Award for the Dual Team Playoffs.

Levi Andrews (220 lb.), River Griffith (132 lb.) and Lucas Andrews (182 lb.) for Avery both earned wins by fall. The Vikings grabbed major decisions by Ethan Shell (120 lb.) and Tristan Adams (138 lb.).

Avery County (27-3) def. Uwharrie Charter (42-2) 35-30

120 lb. – Ethan Shell (Avery County) def. Gage Beal (Uwharrie Charter) by major decision (19-6).

126 lb. – Jonah Hayes (Avery County) def. Austin Kennedy (Uwharrie Charter) 6-4

132 lb. – River Griffith (Avery County) def. Byan Lackey (Uwharrie Charter) by fall (0:28)

138 lb. – Tristan Adams (Avery County) def. Drew Shelton (Uwharrie Charter) by major decision (13-3)

145 lb. – Grayson Roberts (Uwharrie Charter) def. Johnathan Cable (Avery County) by decision (9-4)

152 lb. – Jerry Jimenez (Uwharrie Charter) def. Bradley Parker (Avery County) by decision (12-6)

160 lb. – Doug Bowles (Uwharrie Charter) def. Seth Blackledge (Avery County) by fall (1:09)

170 lb. – Dalton Towe (Avery County) def. Cameron Clark (Uwharrie Charter) by decision (4-0)

182 lb. – Lucas Andrews (Avery County) def. Jamie Bernal (Uwharrie Charter) by fall (5:34)

195 lb. – Aiden Carter (Uwharrie Charter) def. Dakota Hudson (Avery County) by fall (5:59)

220 lb. – Levi Andrews (Avery County) def. Jaden Marion (Uwharrie Charter) by fall (0:40)

285 lb. – Zachary Vance (Avery County) def. Sergio Saldana (Uwharrie Charter) by decision (7-0)

106 lb. – Heaven Fitch (Uwharrie Charter) won by forfeit

113 lb. – Lucas Bice (Uwharrie Charter) won by forfeit

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Zachary Vance (Avery County) 285 lb.

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2A Dual Team Wrestling Championship

Fred T. Foard blitzes past Croatan 59-9

GREENSBORO, NC – The Fred T. Foard captured the program’s third NCHSAA Dual Team title, and first since the 2A title in 2015, dominating Croatan 59-9. The Tigers raced out to an early lead, earning wins by fall in the first four matches. Spencer Bechtol opened the match with a pin in 51 seconds at 120 pounds. Teammates Jamie Richard (126 lb.), Zane Birtchet (132 lb.), and Braden Wharton (138 lb.) followed with fall wins of their own. Wharton was named the 2A Dual Team Playoffs Most Outstanding Wrestler for his efforts this week. Foard’s Landon Foor (195 lb.) and Brock Carey (113 lb.) also earned wins by fall for the Tigers.

Foard wrestlers also turned in strong performances with technical fall victories at 152 pounds for Justin Whalen and 170 pounds with Hunter Lloyd. There was a single major decision for the Tigers going to David Weaver at 160 pounds.

Fred T. Foard (47-0) def. Croatan (26-4) 59-9

120 lb. – Spencer Bechtol (Fred T. Foard) def. Angelica Steffy (Croatan) by fall (0:51)

126 lb. – Jamie Richard (Fred T. Foard) def. Luke Walker (Croatan) by fall (1:42)

132 lb. – Zane Birtchet (Fred T. Foard) def. Cody Raymond (Croatan) by fall (2:59)

138 lb. – Braden Wharton (Fred T. Foard) def. Anthony Marello (Croatan) by fall (2:35)

145 lb. – Dalton Jackson (Fred T. Foard) def. Drake Egan (Croatan) by decision (8-7)

152 lb. – Justin Whalen (Fred T. Foard) def. Colton Sullivan (Croatan) by technical fall (15-0)

160 lb. – David Weaver (Fred T. Foard) def. Zach Simonette (Croatan) by major decision (10-2)

170 lb. – Hunter Lloyd (Fred T. Foard) def. Landon Gray (Croatan) by technical fall (16-0)

182 lb. – Jacob Belton (Fred T. Foard) def. Dakota Gray (Croatan) by decision (11-9)

195 lb. – Landon Foor (Fred T. Foard) def. Carson Perkins (Croatan) by fall (0:19)

220 lb. – Ryan Lindsay (Croatan) def. Amorion McAfee (Fred T. Foard) by decision (7-6)

285 lb. – Dylan Smith (Fred T. Foard) def. Zach Lindsay (Croatan) by decision (11-4)

106 lb. – Jacob Caldwell (Croatan) def. William Auton (Fred T. Foard) by fall (1:55)

113 lb. – Brock Carey (Fred T. Foard) def. Harris Rogers (Croatan) by fall (1:40)

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Braden Wharton (Fred T. Foard) 138 lb.

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3A Dual Team Wrestling Championship

Northern Guilford wins first Dual Team Title with 42-31 victory over Enka

GREENSBORO, NC – Northern Guilford held off a hard charge from Enka to win the 3A Dual Team State Championship 42-31 earning the program’s first team state title in their first appearance in a Dual Team State Championship Match. Nighthawks’ heavyweight Noah Lampkin pinned his opponent Daniel Gath to earn six points and push the Northern lead out to 36-25 with two bouts to go, one of which would be a forfeit by Enka at 113 pounds.

Northern Guilford’s Heath Gonyer dominated his opponent at 138 pounds, knocking out Eli Foster by technical fall, 19-3. Gonyer was named the 3A Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 2020 Dual Team Playoffs. James Poole (120 lb.) and Chase Crews (160 lb.) also earned fall wins for the Nighthawks. Northern got major decision wins from Zachary White (145 lb.) and Jacob Barlowe (220 lb.).

Northern Guilford (49-3) vs. Enka (29-7) 42-31

120 lb. – James Poole (Northern Guilford) def. Lathan Lunsford (Enka) by fall (3:06)

126 lb. – Corbin Dion (Enka) def. Garrett Benfield (Northern Guilford) by major decision (15-5)

132 lb. – Max Benfield (Northern Guilford) def. Greyson Harris (Enka) by decision (6-5)

138 lb. – Heath Gonyer (Northern Guilford) def. Eli Foster (Enka) by technical fall (19-3)

145 lb. – Zachary White (Northern Guilford) def. Kyle Valliere (Enka) by major decision (10-2)

152 lb. – Tony Torres (Enka) def. Tyler Kreuger (Northern Guilford) by fall (3:16)

160 lb. – Chase Crews (Northern Guilford) def. Luke Artz (Enka) by fall (4:28)

170 lb. – Garrett Pugh (Enka) def. Owen Elwonger (Northern Guilford) by fall (5:58)

182 lb. – Eli Vassey (Enka) def. Cameron Kluttz (Northern Guilford) by decision (1-0)

195 lb. – Dylan Wright (Enka) def. Conner Lachesky (Northern Guilford) by fall (0:45)

220 lb. – Jacob Barlowe (Northern Guilford) def. Colby Maxwell (Enka) by major decision (14-0)

285 lb. – Noah Lampkin (Northern Guilford) def. Daniel Gath (Enka) by fall (5:56)

106 lb. – Isaiah Morrison (Enka) win by forfeit

113 lb. – Cohen Beane (Northern Guilford) win by forfeit

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Heath Gonyer (Northern Guilford) 138 lb.

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4A Dual Team Wrestling Championship

Hough storms back to take down Cardinal Gibbons 33-31 for first DT Championship

GREENSBORO, NC – Cardinal Gibbons led the entire dual until the final bout at 113 when Richard Treanor from Hough managed to shove Hunter Gundry on his back and pin him at the 30 second mark of the match to earn six points for the Huskies, lifting them to a 33-31 lead and the program’s first Dual Team State Championship. Treanor was named the 4A Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 2020 Dual Team Playoffs.

Gibbons started off the match strong, earning decision wins by Ryan Dal Pizzol (120 lb.), Jaxon Maroney (132 lb.) and Francisco “Adam” Castiller (138 lb.) plus a win by fall for Thomas Fogleman (126 lb.). That staked the Crusaders to a 15-0 lead early. However, the Huskies battled back with a win by fall at 145 pounds as Justin Sanders pinned his opponent at 4:21. Trailing 25-6 heading into the 170-pound division, Hough rallied with a major decision by Anthony Fabian and a technical fall win by Julian Rawlins at 195 pounds. The Huskies nabbed fall wins with Dominic Harris (220 lb.) and Jacob Thomasson (285 lb.) stapling opponents to the mat to draw the Huskies within striking distance at 28-27, setting up Treanor’s heroics in the 113-pound bout.

Hough (24-5) def. Cardinal Gibbons (29-3) 33-31

120 lb. – Ryan Dal Pizzol (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Tyler Caldwell (Hough) by decision (9-3)

126 lb. – Thomas Fogleman (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Jason Sanders (Hough) by fall (2:48)

132 lb. – Jaxon Maroney (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Jun Figueredo (Hough) by decision (5-1)

138 lb. – Francisco “Adam” Castiller (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Jacob Figueredo (Hough) (9-6)

145 lb. – Justin Sanders (Hough) def. Joseph Carlucci (Cardinal Gibbons) by fall (4:21)

152 lb. – Carter Bliss (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Thomas Maglietto (Hough) by major decision (20-9)

160 lb. – Savoy New (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Corey Tanksley (Hough) by fall (1:22)

170 lb. – Anthony Fabian (Hough) def. Samuel Davis (Cardinal Gibbons) by major decision (13-4)

182 lb. – Charles Davis (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Michael Pepe (Hough) by decision (8-5)

195 lb. – Julian Rawlins (Hough) def. Michael Grafinger (Cardinal Gibbons) by technical fall (21-5)

220 lb. – Dominic Harris (Hough) def. John Caramanico (Cardinal Gibbons) by fall (1:29)

285 lb. – Jacob Thomasson (Hough) def. Ashton Harp (Cardinal Gibbons) by fall (1:54)

106 lb. – Luke Kunath (Cardinal Gibbons) def. Brandt Fajerman (Hough) by decision (7-5)

113 lb. – Richard Treanor (Hough) def. Hunter Gundry (Cardinal Gibbons) by fall (0:30)

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Richard Treanor (Hough) 113 lb.

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2020 North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance Sportsmanship Awards

The NCHSAA is committed to recognizing and promoting good sportsmanship at all of our championship events and throughout the regular season. The Association has partnered with North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance to recognize one wrestler from each Dual Team Wrestling state finalist team with the 2020 Sportsmanship Awards. The 1A Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Dakota Hudson from Avery County and Jerry Jimenez from Uwharrie Charter. The 2A Sportsmanship Awards went to Jamie Richards from Fred T. Foard and Zack Barker from Croatan. The 3A Sportsmanship Awards were given to Tony Torres from Enka and Heath Gonyer from Northern Guilford. The 4A Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Jun Figuredo from Hough and Charlie Davis from Cardinal Gibbons.