NCHSAA DUAL TEAM WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
CLASS 1-A CHAMPIONSHIP: MITCHELL 42, CHATHAM CENTRAL 30
BAKERSVILLE— For the second year in a row, Mitchell defeated Chatham Central for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A state dual team wrestling title.
Mitchell scored a 42-30 victory over the visiting Bears in the 26th annual championships on Saturday evening. Kegan Hoilman, the 160-pound wrestler for the victorious Mountaineers, was named the Most Valuable Performer in the final.
Mitchell improved its record to 28-4 overall while Chatham Central slipped to 24-7.
Both schools were in their third dual-team final all-time, as Mitchell defeated Chatham Central 36-30 for the title in 2014 and was also the runner-up in the very first dual team championship in 1990. Chatham Central was the 1-A/2-A champion in 2005.
Mitchell downed Mount Airy 45-34 in the West regional final while Chatham Central moved into the state championship with a 34-31 victory over Rosewood.
CLASS 2-A CHAMPIONSHIP: WEST LINCOLN 49, NEWPORT CROATAN 19
NEWPORT—West Lincoln broke to a 16-0 lead and didn’t look back en route to a 49-19 victory over Croatan for the 2-A state championship in the 26th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association dual team wrestling championships.
The match started with the 106-pound match and the Rebels continued to build on their early lead, finally clinching the match with a pin at 182 for an insurmountable 37-16 advantage.
Mack George, who won by a pin in the 220-pound weight class in 1:49 for West Lincoln, was named the championship Most Valuable Performer.
West Lincoln ended dual team competition with a 35-5 record while Croatan fell to 28-7 overall.
Croatan was in the finals for the fifth time in the last six years, with state titles in 2010 and ’11 and runner-up finishes in ’12 and ’13. West’s only dual team title was a 1A/2A crown in 2000.
Croatan had advanced to the state final with a 43-30 victory over Dixon, last year’s 2-A state runner-up, in the East championship match on Thursday night. West Lincoln nipped two-time defending state champion Newton-Conover 33-29 to earn its shot at the state crown.
CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP: FRED T. FOARD 30, EDEN MOREHEAD 23
NEWTON—Fred T. Foard downed visiting Eden Morehead 30-23 on Saturday afternoon at Copas Gymnasium to win the 3-A championship in the 26th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state dual team wrestling championships,
Morehead and Foard battled for the third consecutive year in the state finals. Foard captured the state title in 2013 with a 41-27 decision, while last year Morehead beat the Tigers 38-28 to win the crown.
Foard 126-pounder Brycen Walker was named the Most Valuable Performer in the championship match.
The Tigers won for the 40th time this season in dual meets against just one loss, while Morehead closed at 30-3.
Morehead had eliminated Swansboro 30-25 on Thursday night in the East regional title match while Foard was rolling past East Rowan 57-10 in the West.
CLASS 4-A CHAMPIONSHIP: FAYETTEVILLE JACK BRITT 42, SOUTHEAST GUILFORD 22
FAYETTEVILLE—Fayetteville Jack Britt took an early lead and went on to a convincing 42-22 victory over previously undefeated Southeast Guilford to win the 4-A state championship in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 26th annual dual team wrestling championships.
The Buccaneers got off to a fast start, as the match started with the 113-pound weight class and Britt spurted to a 9-0 advantage, moving to a 21-6 lead after six matches and holding on to win, although Southeast had cut it to 24-16 with five matches remaining.
Britt entered the final three matches needing just one win to seal the victory and got it when Byron Byrant won by a pin in the 285-pound weight class.
Joe Stevenson of Britt, who earned a timely victory in the 182-pound match after Southeast had sliced the margin to 24-16, was named the Most Valuable Performer of the 4-A final.
The Buccaneers finished the dual team schedule at 25-2 while Southeast Guilford suffered its first loss in 26 matches. It was Jack Britt’s first team NCHSAA championship in any sport.
Britt had qualified for the championship match with a 40-31 victory on Thursday night over Durham Riverside, which had ousted unbeaten Holly Springs in the previous round. Southeast got past Kannapolis Brown 40-31 in its regional final.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2015 DUAL TEAM WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS—26th ANNUAL
Saturday, February 7, 2015
CLASS 4-A CHAMPIONSHIP: Jack Britt 42, Southeast Guilford 22
CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP: Fred T. Foard 30, Morehead 23
CLASS 2-A CHAMPIONSHIP: West Lincoln 49, Croatan 19
CLASS 1-A CHAMPIONSHIP: Mitchell 42, Chatham Central 30