Oh, so close!Lamb upset in state 3-A semifinal, Smith eliminated early, concussion denies O’Neil chance at a medal
GREENSBORO — Pisgah senior Cody Lamb cruised into Saturday’s heavyweight semifinals after two quick pins at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Wrestling Championships at the Greensboro Coliseum.
But in a classic match, Jesse Carson’s Alex Lyles stunned Lamb with a 5-4 decision, denying Pisgah its best chance at its first-ever gold medal.
Lyles eventually won the silver medal.
The loss also had devasting effects on Lamb for the remainder of the state championships as he lost his next two matches to Orange’s Byron Stephenson and East Gaston’s Jordan Wilson to finish sixth overall.
Despite the unexpected finish at the state championships. Lamb wrapped up his senior season with a 40-4 overall record.
Two other Black Bears qualified for the state tournament but both had early exits for two completely different reasons.
At 106, Pisgah sophomore Justin Smith lost 13-2 in his opening round match to McMichael’s Austin Keiger and then he was pinned (3:17) by Southern Nash’s Dakota Medina in an elimination match.
Smith finish this season with a 32-11 overall record.
At 145, Pisgah junior Dillon O’Neil lost his opening match to West Craven Robert Baker, but stayed alive in the consolation bracket by pinning (2:23) Orange’s Trent Tanner.
But O’Neil’s chance to win the bronze medal came crashing down when he suffered a tournament-ending concussion in his next match with West Iredell’s Dillion Lambert.
O’Neil finished the season at 23-10 overall.