Price wins title at Beast of the East Invitational
Led by sophomore Hudson Price's championship in the 285-pound class, the Chapel Hill High School wrestling team finished eighth in a power-packed field at last weekend's Beast of the East Invitational in Newport.
Topsail Dixon won the annual tournament with 168 points, narrowly beating out runnerup Swansboro, which had 155.5 points, and third-place Southwest Onslow, with 153.
Jacksonville (145.5) finished fourth, followed by the hosts from Croatan High School (137.5). West Carteret (132), Washington (110), Chapel Hill (105), Kill Devil Hills First Flight (101) and West Craven (98) rounded out the top 10.
Price, seeded eighth in the 285-class, breezed to Saturday's finals with a pair of pins, defeating Donray Brown of Croatan and Disel Means of Raleigh Broughton. Price then won the title with a hard-fought, 3-2 decision over No. 1 seed Jesus Ruiz of Southwest Onslow.
That was just Ruiz's third loss in 17 bouts. Price improved to 15-2 overall.
Other top finishers for Chapel Hill included a pair of fourth places for sophomores Zack Allen (106 pound) and Roberto Sibrian (182).
Sophomore Camden Bergey advanced to the championship semifinals at 160 pounds before finishing fifth, while junior Eliot Martin (132) and senior Tommy Morrison (138) each won one match before dropping into the consolation bracket and finishing sixth.
Mangel completes year with Guilford football
Former East Chapel Hill player Kevin Mangel recently completed his freshman football season at Guilford College.
Mangel, a 6-3, 220-pound defensive lineman, appeared in seven games for the Quakers. Mangel had eight tackles (3 solo, 5 assisted) on the season. His best performance came on Nov. 2 in the loss to Hampden Sydney College, where he had five total tackles (1 solo, 4 assisted).
Third-year head coach Chris Rusiewiczs Quakers posted a 6-4 overall record (5-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference), which marked the programs first winning season since 2007. Guilford finished second in the ODAC, winning a school-record five conference games.
The Quakers could return as many as 18 starters in 2014.
Northwood faculty wins Reindeer Run 5K
Matthew Wallace won last Saturday's reindeer Run 5K in Pittsboro, with a time of 17:51.2, leading the Northwood Faculty to the team title. Allen Baddour, age 42 of Chapel Hill, was a close second (18:01.8) and Jay Randolph (19:29.3) was third.
Meredith Blazemore of Chapel Hill was the first female in (20:32.1) and sixth overall, followed in by Brianne Gaal (20:42.0) of Cary and Jennifer Parks (21:08.7) of the Northwood Faculty.
Lisa DeLorenzo (21:50) won the females' 20-29 age group and provided the third time that counted toward Northwood's win.
Other winners from Chapel Hill included: Brendan Lauder (25:20) in the 9-and-under males' division; and Christopher Marciano (24:02) among the 20-29 males.
Complete results can be found at www.cardinaltrack.com/results.
Godiva Club runners scale Couch Mountain
Seven Chapel Hillians finished in the top 25 of the Couch Mountain Run on Dec. 8, which was this month's event in the Godiva Track Club's Winter Series. Runners who made it up the 600-foot elevation in Duke Forest enjoyed refreshments on the summit.
Eric Johnson of Alaska was first to the top of Couch Mountain, and George Linney III of Durham was second.
Mike Kelly and Craig Heinly finished in third and fourth, respectively, to lead the Chapel Hill contingent.
Other Chapel Hillians in the top 25 included William Schmitz (9th), Alexander Kenan (11th), Owen Astrachan (13th), Betsy Kempter (18th) and Richard Smith (24th).
The next event in Godiva's Winter Series is the New Year's Day run, a 5-mile cross-country run that starts out at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 from the Duke School for Children.
W.E. Warnock, The Chapel Hill News