NCHSAA Wrestling Championships:
Published: Feb 25, 2013 04:12 PM
Modified: Feb 25, 2013 04:13 PM
In wrestling, there’s strength in numbers. And Orange High School has the numbers – 10 qualifiers – heading toward Greensboro this week for the N.C. High School Athletics Association state championships.
Led by David Peters-Logue performance as the weekend’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, Orange saw six Panthers win individual titles at the NCHSAA 3A Mideast Regional at Eden Morehead High School.
Orange qualified 10 of its 14 starting wrestlers, earning the Mideast Regional championship in the process. The Panthers finished with 228.5 points Saturday to 158.5 for runner-up Eden, the team that had upset Orange in the NCHSAA dual-team tournament’s second round.
Orange’s conference rival Chapel Hill, powered by Arthur Colson’s championship at 285 pounds, finished eighth Saturday with 62 points. Southern Vance (63 points) was seventh, Cardinal Gibbons (25.5) 18th, and Oxford Webb (19) was 20th
“We talked about it a lot, and we think this is the first time we’ve had six regional champions,” Orange coach Bobby Shriner said. “Every wrestler scored points; 10 qualified and four just missed in the ‘to-go’ round … the consolation semifinals. Everyone contributed. I’m very, very, very pleased.”
Peters-Logue’s three pins and major decision in his four matches led a great day for Orange. Five other Panthers won regional titles: Joe Scott (106 pounds), Collin Smith (126), Jack Twomey-Kozak (138), Anderson Pope (145), and Aubrey Browning (182).
Three Panthers qualified with third-place finishes at Morehead: Jared Flynn (120), Drew Lemaster (170) and Logan Joseph (195). And Byron Stephenson (285) earned a spot in the state championships with his fourth-place finish.
Orange is the defending NCHSAA state champion and has won three team titles in the individual tournament in five years.
In the 2A Mideast Regional at Trinity’s Wheatmore High School, Carrboro had its best finish ever by taking second place behind the hosts.
Six Carrboro wrestlers earned spots in the state championships — three by winning regional titles. Stephen Dreher (120) and Carson McKay (160) both won dramatic one-point decisions in the finals, and George Carpenter’s 12-10 win at 113 was almost as close.
Carrboro’s Sergei Callaham-Bishop (132), Dante Veltri (106) and Magnus Herweyer (285) all earned a spots in Greensboro as well
Carrboro finished with 118.5 points to Wheatmore’s 142. Conference rival Northwood ended up in fifth place with 105.5 points. Cedar Ridge took 10th place with 72.5 points — led by state qualifiers Grady Pritchard (138 pounds), Adam Howard (152) and Zach Dwinell (160).