Four R-S Central wrestlers advance to Round 2
Seven wrestlers from Rutherford County entered the 2A North Carolina wrestling championships on Thursday, but just four advanced to the second round set to take place on Friday. All four wrestlers to advance are from R-S Central.
"They all looked really good," R-S Central head coach Rich Cox said of his wrestlers. "We're definitely excited for Round 2."
Austin Neal (106 pounds) advanced by forfeit by Carrboro's Otto Wolin. It was just one of two forfeits in the entire 2A tournament on Thursday. Neal advances to face Sergio Paz from Central Academy in Friday's second round.
Caleb Cox (120) dominated Bartlett Yancey's Ryan Chilton en route to a 15-0 technical fall. Cox is set to wrestle West Wilkes' Brandon Reynolds, the No. 1 seed out of the Midwest, in the second round.
Kaleb Hines (220) wrestled nearly the entire match against Bartlett Yancey's William Pressley before pinning him with just 53 seconds left in the third round.
"Kaleb dominated," Cox said. "He would have tech-falled the kids if he had rolled out of the pin."
R-S Central heavyweight Hunter "Tank" Edwards (285) wrestled on of the toughest matches of the night and came out with a 3-2 decision win over Graham High's Terrance Reed. With the first round out of the way, Edwards is set to wrestle Jackson Price of Central Academy in the second round.
"Tank wrestled a close match, but hey, most heavyweight matches are that way," Cox said.
Ramon Rodriguez (182) was the lone R-S Central qualifier to fall in the opening round of the tournament. Rodriguez was pinned by Salisbury's Jeffrey Burton with 38 seconds left in the first round to finish his freshman season with a 37-21 record.
"I knew Ramon was going to have a tough match because he lost to [Burton] twice earlier in the year, but he fought hard," Cox said.
Chase freshman Sammy Peticos' (113 pounds) season came to an end against Southwest Onslow senior John Bandavanis in a close 11-9 decision win for Bandavanis. Peticos finished the season with a 32-9 overall record.
East Rutherford's lone participant, Nathan Daisley (152), fell victim to Croatan's Brody McGrath when he was pinned with just one second left in the first round. Daisley finished the season with a 28- overall record. Now Hines will face the unbeaten Tywon Bond from Holmes High School in the second round.
Weigh-ins for Friday's second round begin at 7 a.m. with the 2A first consolations and quarterfinals beginning at 9 a.m.