Wrestling, track and field championships recap

From staff reports
Posted 6/28/21

Here's how local athletes performed during the state championships for wrestling and track over the weekend.

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Wrestling, track and field championships recap

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Western Harnett’s Will Lewis and Triton wrestler Nick Williams headlined a number of athletes representing local high schools during state championship events over the weekend.

Lewis won his second straight individual crown at 132 pounds, while Williams claimed a runner-up finish at 152 pounds during the 3A state title meet hosted by Eastern Guilford High School Saturday.

Coming into the tournament undefeated, Lewis capped an unblemished season by winning four matches including a win by tech fall over Antonio Caldwell in the title bout. The Campbell signee never surrendered a point and earned the tourney’s most outstanding wrestler designation.

Williams concluded his prep career with his highest finish at states. He won by decision over Franklin Melton in the quarterfinals, then did the same against Enka’s Greyson Harris in the semis before falling to Union Pines’ Aaron Faison by an 8-4 decision during the finals.

Joining Williams from Triton were teammates Nathan Williams (160 pounds), who fell to Yoel Del Rio in the first round, and Xavion Richardson (220 pounds), who dropped an opening-round decision to North Henderson’s undefeated wrestler Triston Norris.

Meanwhile, Harnett Central’s Jose Zambrano (182 pounds) lost a first-round decision to A.L. Brown wrestler Gavin Hartsell and South Johnston’s Collin Jones (113 pounds) fell to Charlie Sly.

During the 4A wrestling event at Glenn High School, Overhills’ Hunter Berryhill fell to Chris Dickey in a first-round match at 195 pounds.

Nearby North Carolina A&T State University saw a host of local track standouts wrap up their respective seasons.

South’s Dianna Boykin took a top-10 finish in the 3A girls’ discus throw finals. The Lady Trojans sophomore claimed eighth place with a score of 152 feet, 9 inches. Trojans runner Michael Peedin ended 12th in the boys’ 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 2.7 seconds.

Western sprinter Misha-el Vines claimed 11th in the boys’ 200 with a time of 22.86, while Central’s Tinasia Davis finished 11th in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles with a 49.26.

Friday saw Overhills sprinter Camryn Jones finish 11th in the 4A boys’ 200 event with a time of 22.56.

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