Shocker! Pisgah second at regionalSeven local wrestlers qualify for state tourney, including five Bears and two Mountaineers
LINCOLNTON — It was no surprise the Newton-Conover wrestling team (215 points) continued its dominance by winning the in NCHSAA Class 2-A West Regional title for the fourth straight year on Saturday at West Lincoln High School.
But it was a huge surprise who finished second.
The Pisgah Black Bears edged out West Caldwell by just 1.5 points, 124-122.5 to finish as the 2-A West Regional’s runner up.
“Overall the team wrestled very hard in what I thought was a very strong regional tournament,” said Pisgah Head Coach Ryan Gibson. “We finished runner-up to state dual team champions Newton Conover, which had eight in the finals and qualified 10 wrestlers. We had some young guys wrestling in quite a few places and they were able to win some matches, which helped their confidence going into the offseason and helping them get ready for next year.”
At the 3-A West Regional, North Gaston (150) won the title and Tuscola (36) finished 15th overall.
All total seven local wrestlers advanced to the state tournament by finishing in the top four of their respective weight classifications.
The Black Bears had four wrestlers and the Mountaineers had two grapplers qualify for the state championships to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Greensboro.
Representing Pisgah in the state 2-A tournament will be Cody Lamb (second at regional at 285 pounds), Kyle Terrell (second at regional at 220 pounds), Drew Singleton (second at regional at 113 pounds), Hunter Mease (second at regional at 138 pounds) and Jeff Henson (third at regional at 120 pounds).
“I was well pleased with the efforts of Cody Lamb and Kyle Terrell, who didn’t seem to let the pressure of qualifying for the state tournament get to them,” said Gibson. “It was the first time they had wrestled in a regional tournament and both of them made it through.
“Drew Singleton beat the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the state Juan Vera from Polk County in the semis and that weight class was at least six to seven kids deep at who could qualified.
“Hunter Mease beat Newton-Conover’s Casey Toomey, who was the No. 4 ranked wrestler in the state in the semis and Jeff Henson had been sick all week. He really gutted it out and qualified in a great spot. I was very happy for him.”
However, I was heart broken for Thomas Mattingly, who is a senior and qualified last year, losing his match in the consolation semis by one point.”
Representing Tuscola in the state 3-A tournament will be Ben Womack (third at regional at 138 pounds) and Clay Wightman (third at regional at 182 pounds).