Area teams start wrestling title quests
Six area teams will be in action tonight as the NCHSAA dual-team wrestling tournament gets into gear with its first two rounds.
Those participating include Wheatmore, Trinity and Thomasville in 2A; Ledford in 3A; Glenn in 4A; and Bishop McGuinness in 1A.
All will be on the road. First-round matches start at 6 p.m., with the second-round matches at 7:30.
Wheatmore, the No.1 team from the PAC6 and 22-5, takes on host Carrboro (19-6), the No. 2 team from the Mid-State Conference. The winner will then wrestle either South Granville, the top team out of the Northern Carolina Conference or Bunn, a wild-card out of the Northern Carolina.
Trinity, 9-6 and the No. 2 from the PAC6, will face Burlington Cummings (18-5), the No. 1 team from the Mid-State, in action at D.H. Conley. The winner faces the Farmville Center (22-6, Eastern Plains No.1)/ Franklinton (5-1, Northern Carolina No. 2.
Central Carolina Conference No. 1 Thomasville (38-4) faces host Monroe (25-14, No. 2 Rocky River), with winner the taking on the North Surry (25-1, Western Piedmont No.1)/West Lincoln (34-9, wild card) winner.
Ledford, the No.2 from the Mid-Piedmont, will take on host Orange (24-2, No. 1 Big Eight) in 3A play. The winner will then face either Eden Morehead (No. 1 Mid-State) or Fayetteville Terry Sanford (No. 2 Cape Fear).
In 1A, Bishop (12-9, wild card) faces Robbinsville (13-5, No. 1 Smoky Mountain) at Boonville Starmount. The winner will take on either Starmount (12-20, No. 1 Mountain Valley) or East Surry (13-10, No. 2 Northwest).
In 4A, Glenn faces Charlotte Independence at Parkland with the winner taking on the powerhouse Mustangs or Greensboro Page.
Action continues Thursday with third and fourth rounds for 2A/3A/4A and state semifinals for 1A. State finals in all classifications are set for Saturday.
WALLBURG — Providing a 1-2 punch, Skylar McGee scored 34 points and Brandon Rothrock added 65 as Ledford turned back Western Guilford 80-65 in Mid-Piedmont 3A play Monday.
The Panthers forged a 10-point halftime lead and kept the Hornets from making a serious run in the second half.
Ledford (14-7, 7-2 MPC) plays host to Central Davidson on Friday.
RAGSDALE 70, GLENN 55
WINSTON-SALEM — Ragsdale led by as much as 19 in the second half and topped Glenn 70-55 in Piedmont Triad 4A action on Monday.
Daniel Kanakanui scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead the Tigers (12-6, 3-3 PTC). James Stepp had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds while Tevin Quick added 10 points and four rebounds. T.J. Parker and Shawn Stringfellow added nine points each, with Stringfellow grabbing four rebounds.’
Josh Daniels led Glenn (6-13, 0-5) with 15 points. Yiannis Bowden added 10.
Ragsdale plays host to Southwest Guilford today.
ASHEBORO 74, SOUTHERN GUILFORD 66
SUMNER – Southern Guilford fell 74-66 against visiting Asheboro in Mid-Piedmont 3A play Tuesday.
Rayshawn Knight posted 21 points to lead the Storm (1-19, 0-9 MPC), who trailed 36-26 at halftime. Akoc Abwok added 16 points, and Shamar McColl followed with 12.
Southern plays again Tuesday at Central Davidson.
LEDFORD 77, W. GUILFORD 16
WALLBURG — Ledford rolled to a 77-16 Mid-Piedmont 3A victory on Monday, picking Western Guilford for 28 steals on defense and dishing out 18 assists on offense .
Julia Carroll led the Panthers (16-5, 8-1 MPC) with 21 points and grabbed four steals. Mackenzie Cranford added 15 points followed by Courtney Callicutt with 12.
Jordan Teer dished five assists while Cranford had four. Callicutt, Teer and Jessie Hayworth each came up with four assists. Allie Fischer grabbed 10 rebounds while Tally Gross bliocked six Hornet shots.
Deja Everhart led Western with 11 points.
Ledford plays host to Central Davidson on Friday.
RAGSDALE 47, GLENN 32
WINSTON-SALEM — Jordan Quick scored 23 points to lead Ragsdale to a 47-32 Piedmont Triad 4A victory on Monday.
The Tigers lead by six at the half but broke the game open with an 18-8 run in the third quarter to lead 35-19 going into the fourth. Breanna Edeffussare, who played all 32 minutes, added six points for Tigers (10-7, 2-3).
Ragsdale play host to Southwest Guilford today.
WESLEYAN RED 37, GREENSBORO DAY 33
Jackson Dew scored 10 points to help the Wesleyan red team turn back Greensboro Day 37-33 on Monday.
Chase Lewis added eight tha Chet Sikes had seven for the Trojans (13-1), who go to St. Pius X on Thursday.
BURLINGTON SCHOOL 28, WESTCHESTER 24
Savannah Kirkman and Tiffany Neza each scored eight points for Westchester in a 28-24 loss to Burlington School on Monday.
Neza grabbed 15 rebounds. Allyson Chiu and Alex Evans added four points each.
NCHSAA 4A CENTRAL REGIONALS
GREENSBORO — High Point Central’s Rachel Brown won two individual titles at the NCHSAA 4A Central Regionals that ended late Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Brown took the girls 100 free in 52.36 and captured the 50 free in 24.3.
Ragsdale’s Henry McGugan won the boys 50 free in 22.11, with teammate Jake Ennis third in 22.46.
Grimsley’s girls won the team crown with 320 points, followed by West Forsyth at 288 and East Chapel Hill with 271. HP Central’s girls claimed sixth with 176.
East Chapel Hill claimed the boys crown with 294 points, followed by Reagan at 274 and Grimsley at 257. HP Central took 16th with 34 points.
The top eight swimmers qualify for Friday’s state 4A championship at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
For the Bison girls, Madison Bencini placed fourth in the 500 free in 5:22.82 and fifth in the 200 free in 1:58.39; Caroline Cottam was sixth in the 50 free in 25.27 and seventh in the 100 free in 54.95. The Bison girls placed fourth in the 400 free relay in 3:45.27.
For the Bison boys, Mazi Hinman placed sixth in the 100 free in 4:52.56.
NCHSAA 1A/2A WEST REGIONALS
HUNTERSVILLE — Bishop McGuiness’ girls and boys placed third in the NCHSAA 1A/2A West Regionals held this past weekend at Lake Norman Charter.
Lincoln Charter won the girls meet with 281 points, followed by Lake Norman Charter at 198, Bishop at 183 and Pine Lake Prep at 183. East Davidson’s girls tied for 16th with 36 points.
Shelby’s boys prevailed with 290 points, followed by Lake Norman Charter at 264 and Bishop at 223.
For Bishop’s girls, Natalie Hamlet took fourth in the 200 M in 2:18.91; Emily Fiore placed seventh in the 200 free in 2:09.43 and seventh in the 500 free in 5:52.46;
For the Villain boys, Alex Strasser finished second in the 100 fly in 55.39; Matthew Hamlet placed second in the 500 free in 5:07.61 and third in the 100 breast in 1:05.38; Grant Davidson secured second in the 100 back in 56.92; Bryan Soltis took seventh in the 50 free in 23.06;
For the Golden Eagles girls, Aleksandriya Moore notched second in the 100 free in 55.22.
In boys relay competition, Bishop’s Davidson, Sean Gorham, Strasser and Soltis placed third in the 200 medley in 1:43.31. The Villains’ Soltis, Davidson, Joseph Farley and David Markun finished fourth in the 200 free in 1:34.14. Bishop’s Strasser, Farley, Jeffrey Davidson and Hamlet took fourth in the 400 free in 3:31.11.
In girls relay competition, Bishop’s Fiore, Clare Gaylord, Colleen Gillooley and Hamlet took fourth in the 400 free in 4:05.42. Bishop’s Hamlet, Fiore, Gillooley and Maria Kammire placed sixth in the 200 medley in 2:03.39. The Villains’ Carolyn O’Halloran, Gina Koesters, Emily Waite and Kammire took eighth in the 200 free in 1:51.37.