Prep Wrestling

Pisgah second, Tuscola fourth at NEO

Pisgah’s Mease (145) and Mattingly (160), Tuscola’s Womack (138) and Wightman (182) win NEO gold medals
By Talina Royer | Dec 11, 2012
Photo by: Elizabeth Womack Tuscola’s James Gibson, left,  looks over to head coach Mark Williams during his 106 pound match with Pisgah’s Justin Smith, right.

After winning five weight classification championships, Robbinsville (204.5) ran away with the team title at Tuscola High’s 2012 NEO Mountaineer Classic Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
Helped by individual championships from Hunter Mease (145) and Thomas Mattingly (160), Pisgah finished in second with 116.5 points. Seniors Ben Womack (138) and Clay Wightman (182) won NEO gold medals for Tuscola, which finished fourth with 92 points. Walhalla High edged out the Mountaineers for the team bronze medal with 96.5 points.
“I am very proud of this team and the young inexperienced guys who stepped up and entered our lineup and won some big matches for our team,” said Pisgah Head Coach Ryan Gibson. “I was also happy for Hunter (Mease) and Thomas (Mattingly), who won the NEO as seniors.”
Robbinsville won gold medals at 106, 113, 120, 126 and 132-pound weight classes.
For Pisgah, sophomore Drew Singleton (113) and Ashton Rinehart (170) finished third, while freshmen Garrett Jones (132) and Ben Sampson (heavyweight) finished fourth for the Black Bears.
For Tuscola, Justin Hogan was runner up at 170, Huston Dickens (145) finished third and freshman Jeremiah Royer (152) was fourth.
Tuscola’s annual wrestling tournament was known as the Mountaineer Classic until George Escaravage and the NEO Corporation became the major sponsor for the event in 1993.