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EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A trio of Fike High wrestlers were among the Backyard Wrestling Club team’s competitors at the USA Wrestling’s Phil Portuese Northeast Regional Championships in freestyle and Greco-Roman on May 3-4.
Golden Demons sophomores Vincent Page and Jayleen Bullock finished third in their respective divisions in the Greco-Roman tournament while Bullock was fourth in the freestyle.
Page went 4-1 as he took third in the Greco-Roman 16U 152-pound class while Bullock rallied from an opening loss in the Greco-Roman 16U 195-pound division to win three straight and finish third. He pinned Ryan Stein of New York in 18 seconds to reach the third-place match, where he pinned Maine’s Jakob Geiss in 24 seconds.
However, in the freestyle 16U 195 third-place match, Bullock was on the losing end of a 5-4 decision to Stein.
Fike junior Aaron Bancroft, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A champion at 170 pounds, found that weight class to be considerably more different in the Junior Men division at the regional. Bancroft won three straight matches in the freestyle tournament before losing 9-2 to Angel Garcia of Pennsylvania in the semifinals. Bancroft then was on the wrong end of a 10-0 technical fall against Clayton Ulrey, also of Pennsylvania, in the consolation semis.
Garcia was a roadblock to Bancroft twice in the Greco-Roman tournament, defeating the Fike junior 11-1 in the first round and, after Bancroft won twice to reach the consolation semis, delivered an 11-0 technical fall loss to Bancroft.
Also competing at the regionals were brothers Christian and Timothy Decatur, who each won NCHSAA 1-A titles for Goldsboro Rosewood High this year. Christian Decatur placed third in the Junior 113-pound division in Greco-Roman and was fourth in freestyle. Timothy Decatur, a senior who has signed with North Carolina, was the Greco-Roman Junior 138-pound runner-up.