Chapel Hill wrestlers win invitational

December 15, 2013 

Chapel Hill High School’s wrestling team improved to 10-0 last week with a 76-3 blowout of Oxford Webb.

Most of the Tigers had more challenging matches during the previous weekend, when they won the PowerAde Mount Pleasant Tiger Invitational. Though none of the Tigers won individual class championships, seven placed in the top four and five placed second.

Finalists included: freshman Joseph Guilavagui (120), senior Tommy Morrison (138), sophomore Camden Bergey (160), sophomore George McBurney (220) and sophomore Hudson Price (285).

CHHS junior Erik Jens (145) and sophomore Roberto Sibrian earned third places at Mt. Pleasant.

They all helped Chapel Hill earn 138.5 points for the team title, edging out Concord Cox Mill with 129.5 and East Rowan with 126. China Grove’s Jesse Carson (115) was fourth and host Mount Pleasant (114.5) took fifth. West Stanly (114), Hickory Ridge (92.5), Central Cabarrus (66.5), Monroe Weddington (65.5), Northwest Cabarrus (60.5), Monroe (59) and South Stanly (50.5) rounded out the top 10.

“All of our wrestlers progressed in the tournament and scored at least one win,” noted coach Tripp Price. “Having everyone score is what allowed us to win with no champions.

The Tigers’ dual-team victory on Wednesday afforded them a chance to insert a lot of younger wrestlers into the lineup.

Wrestling in his first match since a narrow loss last month at Cedar Ridge, Chapel Hill freshman Kailen Benton improved to 1-1 at 195 pounds with a major decision, 12-4, against Webb’s Hunter Kitchen. Sophomore Zachary Burkett received a forfeit from Webb to go to 1-1 at 220 pounds.

Chapel Hill sophomores Zachary Allen (106 pounds), Guilavagui (120), I’Money Rushing (126), and Price (225) all recorded pins against Webb opponents, as did junior Erik Jens (145).

William Atkinson (132), Morrison (138), Eliot Martin (145), Henry Hogan (160), Bergey (170) and Sibrian (182) all received forfeits.

The lone senior and junior among the CHHS starters – Morrison and Martin – were 7-1 and 8-1, respectively, heading into this weekend’s trip to the Croatan Beast of the East Invitational.

W.E. Warnock, The Chapel Hill News

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