ELKIN - Eight local grapplers punched their ticket to the 1A/2A State Wrestling Championships this week at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Starmount’s Sergio Sarinana, Michael Wood and Garrett Stokes and East Wilkes’ Zack Prevette, Cody Mathis and Zack Faircloth will join Forbush’s Storm Long and Dylan Edwards at the state championships Thursday and Friday in Greensboro.
The eight wrestlers qualified with top-four performances at the 2A Midwest Regional in Unionville and the 1A West Regional in Hendersonville Saturday.
Sarinana placed fourth in the 152-pound bracket as the No. 5 seed for the Rams.
After winning his two first matches, Sarinana dropped a 4-0 decision to top-seeded Austin Collins from North Surry. The senior rebounded with a 7-3 win in the consolation bracket before falling to Wilkes Central’s Dylan Adams in the third-place match.
Wood followed with a fourth-place finish at 182 pounds despite entering the regional as the second seed.
The senior opened with two dominating wins before dropping a tough 12-9 decision to No. 3 Levi Slate from North Surry. Wood bounced back with a pin in the consolation semifinals before losing a second-straight medal match to an Ashe County wrestler to finish fourth.
Stokes rounded out Starmount’s qualifiers with an unlikely and thrilling run to the silver medal at Saturday’s regional.
The sophomore came into the tournament unranked and upset three-straight wrestlers to advance to the finals. Stokes battled past the sixth, third and second seeds to punch his ticket.
In the finals, Stokes’ luck ran out and fell to top-ranked Jacob Comer from Central Davidson.
Prevette ran the table as the No. 1 overall seed at the West Regional Saturday.
The senior reeled off three-straight dominating wins to reach the finals. In the championship bout, Prevette breezed past Mitchell’s Dalton Beaver 10-2 to capture the regional title.
Mathis held serve in the 152-pound bracket as the No. 2 seed.
Mathis punched his ticket to the regional final with three wins, where he met top-ranked Alex Ortiz from Central Academy. The senior dropped a tough 7-5 decision to Ortiz in the final to finish second.
Faircloth became the third Cardinal to wrestle for an individual title when he advanced to the championship match in the 195-pound bracket.
As the second seed, Faircloth used three-straight wins to reach the finals. In the title bout, the senior was bested by Robbinsville’s Spencer McCoy 3-2.
Long became the first of two Falcons to qualify for states with a fourth-place finish in the 126 pound bracket.
The junior recorded back-to-back pins in his first matches to reach the semifinals. In the match, Long lost a heart-breaker to top-seeded Cody Walker from Cuthbertson to head to the consolation bracket.
Long won his third match of the day with another pin, but dropped a tough 2-0 decision in the consolation finals to finish fourth.
Edwards rounded out Yadkin County’s qualifiers when he placed fourth at 195 pounds.
The junior advanced to the semifinals before falling to third-seeded Bryce Braswell (Piedmont) 4-3 to drop to the consolation bracket. Edwards punched his ticket to the medal match with a win in the semis, but lost 8-5 to finish fourth.
The eight wrestlers will start their run at an individual championship this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum. Wrestling opens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night for 2A grapplers, while 1A wrestlers open Friday at 2 p.m.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.