West Stokes Tim Hurd finished in the top 16 at Saturday’s NCHSAA wrestling state championship in the 138-pound weight class.
“I think Tim wrestled well for his first time being there,” said Wildcats coach Buck Watkins. “There were little mistakes in the first match and nerves got the best of him. His second match he was on his game and wrestled extremely hard.”
Hurd pinned an opponent from North Brunswick in the second period.
“I think it was important for him to have this moment he’ll remember forever. I hope he takes away that hard work truly pays off. The past two years he’s worked his butt off making weight, being at practice and really helping start the program move in the right direction.”
Watkins hopes the success West has seen this season will continue to draw more athletes into the program next year.
“I hope it’ll motivate us to have more kids want to make it to state which means more trophies and accomplishments as a whole. I look forward to the progress and more kids in the community being a part of something special here.”
John Kevin Fischer, in the 132-pound weight class went 1-2 at the state championship. As the number two seed in the Midwest, he was pitted against Damonte Blash, a fourth place finisher for the past two years. Fischer lost a 17-10 decision and dropped to the consolation bracket. On Friday the senior defeated Aaron Blank of Beddingfield by pin in the second period to advance to the second consolation round that afternoon. Fischer fell to Nathan Hull of West Lincoln by a 9-1 major decision to end his season.
“Johnny has been an attribute to South Stokes wrestling and to South Stokes High School. He is a very well-rounded student-athlete also excelling in the classroom, soccer, track, and band. He will definitely be missed next year,” said Sauras coach Chad Amos.
Vikings Scott Jones (195), Paden Lungrin (220), and Dalton Sawyers (182) made the cut to compete in Saturday’s state championship. Jones, who finished his regular season 25-10, with 15 pins made it to the second round at the Greensboro Coliseum. Sawyers, undefeated in the Northwest Conference, won the second round match, but fell in the third. As a sophomore Lungrin made his second appearance at the state level and made it through the third round finishing his 28-13 season. Sawyers and Lungrin finished fifth in their 1A weight classes.
“They wrestled well and really left it out on the mat,” said coach Nicholas Brandes.
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