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South Stanly wins county wrestling title

As the wrestling program has done for a number of years, South Stanly staged a double duals event Saturday hosting the three county programs for the county duals along with hosting Jay M. Robinson, Parkwood, Trinity and Union Academy for the annual Bull Pen Duals.

The Rebel Bulls first came away with the county championship for the third time in four seasons posting wins over Albemarle 60-24, North Stanly 70-12 and finally rival West Stanly, 45-30.

In the matchup with the Bulldogs, South received pinfall wins from Max Clodfelter (106), Chris Ramirez (113), Michael Gabbard (145), Trent Drake (160), Hunter Barrier (170) and Khris Mayo (285).

Albemarle’s Adrian Little, who earned Most Valuable Wrestler honors for the county event, got the first of his victories at 195 pounds with a win over South’s Lawson Hicks.

The Bulldogs also got a pinfall win from Ricardo Bustos at 120 pounds.

Versus the Comets, South Stanly got pinfall wins from Jaqavius Caraway at 126, Jack Smith (138), Barrier (170), Clodfelter (106) and Ramirez (113). South also got a 17-4 majority decision from Renfere Garcia at 132 pounds.

North had pinfall wins against South from Xob Lee at 120 and Meliek Bryant (160).

In the closest event, South topped the Colts by 15 points by jumping out to a 15-0 lead with a pinfall win from Ramirez at 113, a forfeit and a 4-2 decision for Caraway at 126 pounds over Bryson Whitley.

West won the next three matches getting a 19-4 technical fall from Aidan Hiott at 132 pounds, a pinfall win from Joseph Frey and a 14-1 majority decision won by Korbin McNeill at 145.

South won the next three matches including Trent Drake winning by pinfall at 145. Two late forfeit wins gave the Bulls the victory.

West also had pinfall wins from Andrew Becker (182), Samuel Veazey (220) and Kreed Osborne (106).

The Colts took second place in the county event posting a 39-21 win over Albemarle and topping the Comets 59-6.

West got pinfall wins versus the Bulldogs from Bryson Whitley (126), Frey (132), McNeill (145), Becker (180) and Osborne (1-6).

Albemarle got wins via pinfall from Little (220) and Malik Long (170).

Versus North, the Colts got pins from Frey (138), McNeill), Becker (195), Osborne (105), Clinton Nesbitt (113) and Whitley (126).

Head-to-head, Albemarle got a 42-30 win over North Stanly.

Pinfall wins for the Bulldogs came from Little (220), Omarion Hinson (106), Bustos (120) and Ashton Cason (145).

The Comets got pinfall victories from Ethan Little (113), Blake Gilbert (132) and Dakota Brown (170).

In the Bull Pen Duals, South lost to Parkwood, 44-34, and to Trinity, 54-28.

Albemarle beat Union Academy 40-30 and lost to J.M. Robinson, 42-24.

West lost to Parkwood, 51-24, and Trinity, 67-12.

North fell to Union Academy, 37-36, and to J.M. Robinson, 45-18.

Parkwood High School won all five of its matchups, including a 37-36 win over Trinity and a 48-33 victory against Robinson to win the Bull Pen Duals.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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