Five area wrestlers victorious in NCHSAA first round

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GREENSBORO — State-championship aspirations remain in play for five wrestlers from The Wilson Times readership area following Thursday’s opening day of matches at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association championships, held at Greensboro Coliseum.

Two grapplers from Fike (Rae’Sae Settles, Aaron Bancroft), two from Charles B. Aycock (Tyler Hughes, Josh Wallace) and one representing Southern Nash (Kendrick Watson) successfully wrestled through to Friday’s quarterfinal round. Settles dismissed Monroe Piedmont’s Michael Flitz with a 3-2 decision in his opening match. Bancroft, at 145, rolled up a 17-0 technical fall victory over Andrew Grierson of Hope Mills Gray’s Creek. Hughes, at 152 pounds, eked out a 3-1 decision over Wadesboro Anson’s Achee Hoskins.

Wallace moved forward at 182 following a 7-5 decision over Patrick Healy of Waxhaw Marvin Ridge.

Kendrick Watson of Southern Nash pinned Dalton Haywood of Hickory Ridge 22 seconds into the second period in their 285-pound encounter. Failing to advance Thursday were Fike’s Linton Holmes (138), Blake Edwards (106) and Isaiah Proctor (160), Hunt’s Tanner Klutey at 220 pounds and Southern Nash’s Vyshaun Richardson (170). All three 2-A wrestlers succumbed to first-round defeats, including Beddingfield’s Patrick King (145), Tyler Scott of North Johnston (160) and Marquis Moore of Greene Central (195).

The quarterfinal round and first consolation bouts are scheduled for Friday.