Laney Bucs qualify eight wrestlers for State Championships

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Laney High School's 5 Regional finalists. Cael Willis, Kevin Saravia, Dallas Thompson, Alex Willis, and Austin Harrison. (Courtesy of Dan Willis)
Laney High School’s 5 Regional finalists. Cael Willis, Kevin Saravia, Dallas Thompson, Alex Willis, and Austin Harrison. (Courtesy of Dan Willis)

WILMINGTON — The Laney Bucs competed in the Eastern 4A Regional tournament this past weekend and placed 2nd as a team, qualifying eight wrestlers for the State Championships this coming weekend in Greensboro.

The Regional tournament is always a bittersweet time of year, as some kids accomplish the goal the set, and others fall painfully short. They all work hard and deserve the result they worked for, but as we know, life just doesn’t work that way sometimes. Regardless, we are very proud of the effort that all of the kids gave, and they will move forward from here.

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Coach Dan Willis and East Regional 4A Champion Cael Wiilis. (Courtesy of Dan Willis)

The Bucs qualified eight wrestlers who will compete this coming weekend at the 4A State Championships in Greensboro: Freshman, Seth Thomas (113 lbs) and senior, Austin Nalley (145 lbs) placed 4th. Senior, Timothy Miller (106 lbs) placed 3rd. Seniors Kevin Saravia (120 lbs), Dallas Thompson (182 lbs), and Alex Willis (220 lbs) all placed 2nd.

Sophomore, Cael Willis (152 lbs) and senior, Austin Harrison (160 lbs), won the Regional Championship.

For more information on youth wrestling in the Port City, visit the website at pirateswrestling.net. You can follow Laney Bucs Wrestling on Facebook and on Twitter @Laneyrstling

-Content provided by Coach Dan Willis, Laney Bucs Wrestling

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