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Local grapplers clinched a spot in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Individual Wrestling Championships Feb. 18-20 at Greensboro Coliseum following strong outings at regional events held in Fayetteville and Wendell over the weekend.

Local schools will have a strong representation at this years individual championships. Photo courtesy- Laney Wrestling.
Local schools will have a strong representation at this years individual championships. Photo courtesy- Laney Wrestling.

After an impressive run to the Mideastern Conference Championship, with a stout performance in the 4A Dual Playoffs, the Laney Bucs had eight wrestlers qualify out of the 4A East Regional held at Jack Britt High School.

In order to secure a spot in the state meet, wrestlers had to finish in the top four during each regional event.

Keven Saravia was the only area grappler to take first-place honors in his respective weight class within the 4A classification. The junior has an impressive 46-12 record at 113 pounds as a two-time regional champion.

David Bostian, Austin Harrison and Alex Willis each placed second, along with Ashley’s William Adame at 106 pounds. Bostian is a four-time state qualifier, while Harrison and Willis return to the state tournament for a second time.

West Brunswick had seven wrestlers advance out of the 3A East Regional at Corinth Holders High School.

4A East Regional at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville

  • William Adame, Ashley, runner-up, 106 pounds
  • Kevin Saravia, Laney, first-place, 113 pounds, (46-12)
  • Dalton White, Ashley, top 4, 120 pounds
  • Cael Willis, Laney, top 4, 126 pounds
  • Terrell Mondragon, Ashley, top 4, 132 pounds
  • Jesse Taylor, Laney, top 4, 132 pounds
  • David Bostian, Laney, runner-up, 138 pounds
  • Austin Harrison, Laney, runner-up, 145 pounds
  • Austin Nalley, Laney, top 4, 152 pounds
  • Hunter Starling, Laney, top 4, 182 pounds
  • Alex Willis, Laney, runner-up, 195 pounds

3A East Regional at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell

  • Harrison Campbell, West Brunswick, 120 pounds
  • Lincoln Smith, West Brunswick, 145 pounds
  • Peyton Tipton, West Brunswick, 152 pounds
  • Michael Nelson, West Brunswick, 160 pounds
  • Jacary Bethel, West Brunswick, 170 pounds
  • Sterlin Fullerton, West Brunswick, 182 pounds
  • Nate Gilbert, West Brunswick, 220 pounds

2A East Regional

  • Tre’von Willis, North Brunswick, 120 pounds
  • Bradley Hamilton, North Brunswick, 138 pounds
  • Patrick Burton, north Brunswick, first place, 152 pounds
  • Darnel Brooks, North Brunswick, 160 pounds
  • Tyrone Watson, North Brunswick, 1st place, 182 pounds
  • Christopher Valverde, North Brunswick, 220 pounds