Trinity’s Delgado takes state 2A crown at 285 pounds
While Trinity heavyweight Chaas Delgado captured NCHSAA 2A individual title, the Bulldogs’ quest for a second straight state 2A team title fell just short late Saturday night.
After almost 1,300 matches and three grueling days of competition, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state wrestling championships at the Greensboro Coliseum wrapped up late Saturday night with the championship matches in all four classifications.
Newport Croatan captured the 2A team title for the third time in four years with 120.5 points, with Newton-Conover second at 100. The Red Devils defeated Croatan by a single point in the 2A dual-team championships two weeks ago.
Defending tournament champion Trinity, which had the most wrestlers of any 2A school in the championship finals with three, tied for third with Monroe Piedmont at 83 points, followed by North Surry and Hampstead Topsail knotted at 69 in fifth. T.W. Andrews placed eighth with 50 points, while Wheatmore shared 11th with 46.5 points and Thomasville notched 26th place with 27 points. A total of 66 schools competed in the 2A tournament.
“Our kids really came to wrestle in this tournament,” Trinity coach Kyle Spencer said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the effort.”
Delgado worked overtime for a 6-3 decision over Surry Central’s Wes Brown in the 285-pound final, while Trinity teammates Tyler Myers (126) and James Ryan (152) finished second.
Trinity’s senior class of Delgado, Myers and Alex Guevara (who finished fifth at 145 pounds) complete a four-year run in which they helped the Bulldogs finish second, second, first and tied for third in the team standings at the individual championships.
Among area finalists Saturday night, Bishop McGuinness’ Alexander Preudhomme placed second in the state 1A ranks at 126 pounds.
Parkland won its seventh state tournament team title in two different classifications in the last eight years, and its third in the last four years at the 4A level. Parkland and Fayetteville Jack Britt were one-two, just as they had been two weeks ago in the dual team championships. Parkland scored 133 points to 112 for Britt, followed by Lake Norman (82), Cornelius W.A. Hough (75.5) and defending champ Southern Pines Pinecrest (75). HP Central and Southwest Guilford shared 19th with 26 points. Glenn was 29th with 16 points. A total of 73 schools were represented in the 4A tournament.
Orange rolled to its second consecutive 3A tournament championship by virtue of having nine wrestlers remaining in Saturday’s action, including four in the championship finals, twice as many as any other school, although none of them earned individual state crowns. The Panthers collected 106.5 points to 98 for second-place Concord Jay Robinson. Ledford shared 46th with 10 points.
North Rowan won the 1A title with 88.5 points, followed by defending champ West Wilkes at 85.5 and Ayden-Grifton at 74. Bishop McGuinness placed 14th with 22.5 points.