North Carolina High School Athletic Association

2018 1A Dual Team Wrestling: Rosewood holds off Robbinsville for Eagles’ third DT Championship

Rosewood battled back from an early 9-0 deficit to knock off defending 1A Champions, Robbinsville, in the 2018 NCHSAA Dual Team Wrestling State Championship. Joey Behrend was named the match MVP for his performance at 160 pounds, pinning Colton Phillips with 36.7 seconds remaining in the second period. The pin sealed the third Dual Team State Championship for the Eagles.

Wess Hooper led off the match with a bang for the Knights, pinning Rosewood's David Brown with 1:08 to go in the second period. Fredy Romero followed that with a 9-3 decision win over Blake Jarman to put Robbinsville in front 9-0 through two of the event's fourteen bouts.

Rosewood finally got on the board in the 285-pound division as Nyterrius Williams won by forfeit with no wrestlers eligible for Robbinsville, trimming the lead to 9-6. Christian Decatur gave the Eagles their first lead at 106 pounds as he pinned Luke Wilson with 1:04 remaining in the first which gave Rosewood a 12-9 advantage.

After a forfeit at 113 pounds that briefly put Robbinsville back up front, Timothy Decatur stepped into the circle for his 120 pound bout with Braden Millsaps. Timothy Decatur dominated Millsaps, reeling off 17 unanswered points to win by technical fall and put the Eagles up 17-15. Tanner Smith also won by technical fall at 145 for Rosewood, besting Christian Queen.

Collin Pendergraph won the 170 pound division by pin for Rosewood, ending the bout against Austin Lovin with 1:39 remaining in the first period. That victory came with the match in hand and put Rosewood on top 41-21. 

Jordan Todd won a major decision victory over Cooper Cable, shutting Cable out 14-0 in the 138 pound bout. Reid Amodeo was the lone decision winner for Rosewood, knocking out Nathan Fisher in a tightly contested 3-2 bout at 126 pounds.