Local wrestlers star at conference finals

From staff reports
Posted 6/9/21

Wrestlers from Western Harnett, Harnett Central and Triton reached the podium during Wednesday’s Tri-County 3A Conference tournament.

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Local wrestlers star at conference finals


CARTHAGE  —  It was somewhat of a routine day for Western Harnett wrestler Will Lewis during the Tri-County 3A Conference tournament at Union Pines High School Wednesday. 

The reigning state champion at 132 pounds, Lewis continued his flawless streak from the regular season and defeated Harnett Central's John Mewborn and Union Pines' Andrew Clark by fall to claim the gold medal.

He was also presented with the league's wrestler of the year honor for his efforts.  

Eagles teammate Anthony Feaster also protected his undefeated record on the year, topped the 195-pounds field with pins over Detwanne White, Colton Collins and Ayden Rhooney.

Western's Kevin Macias, Brianne Graves and Cameron Curva each scored second-place finishes in their respective weight classes to help the team claim second place overall with 44 total points. 

Harnett Central took fourth place at the six-team event, boasting a trio of runner-up finishers.

Martin Mendez claimed second place at 138, collecting three wins by fall, while Jose Zambrano added a pin in the first round and a win by 9-2 decision in the second round before bowing out in the finals at 182. Nicholas Castner took second place at 126.

Triton saw Nathan Williams score a 4-2 decision over Union Pines' Chad Perkins in the 160-pounds final to claim gold. Williams also got a pin over Lee County's Dylan Gierke in the second round. 

Meanwhile, Nick Williams saw his perfect regular-season record take a hit in the finals of the 152-pounds division. After pinning Western's Matthew Schneider in the second round, the Hawks senior dropped a 9-3 decision to Aaron Faison, of Union Pines, in the finals.

Jones, Brewington lead South to 2nd place at GNRC tourney 

SMITHFIELD — Coming off its first regular-season championship,  the South Johnston wrestling team claimed second overall during Wednesday's Greater Neuse River Conference tournament at Smithfield-Selma High. 

Collin Jones and Travon Brewington led the Trojans with first-place finishes in their respective weight classes.

Jones kept his unbeaten streak alive on the year with a 15-3 major-decision win over Clayton’s Jessie McCarty, and a pin over Bryson Nyarangi in the 113-pounds finals. Brewington earned the title at 182 with a pin over Carl Thames of West Johnston.

Jeramy Dardin, Nathan Stanley, Lane Bates and Kodey Butler each took second-place honors in their respective divisions to help the Trojans to 82 total points.


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