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GREENSBORO — Showing resolve to battle back through the bracket after a second-round defeat to the eventual state champion, Beddingfield High senior Patrick King concluded his run as the last man standing among wrestlers from The Wilson Times readership area Saturday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A championships at Greensboro Coliseum.
King posted a 4-2 record in the tournament to earn a podium finish of fourth place, falling to Canon Bridges of West Lincoln via a 14-0 majority decision in the third-place match.
He ended his senior campaign with a 26-7 record.
“He held his own with everybody,” Beddingfield coach Bruce Pike said. “He showed a lot of guts and resilience. It was a case of him running into a monster (in the second round and third-place match). I’m so proud of him. As the tournament progressed, he got better. He was a solid wrestler, determined not to get pinned.”
Certainly, there was no shame in his quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Carrboro’s Quincy Monday, the son of U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kenny Monday.
Monday, at 42-1, wrapped up his fourth state title with relative ease, pinning his first opponent and recording three technical falls in succession to win his fourth title.
But needing to wrestle three matches to have a shot at third place, King opened Saturday wth a 3-1 win in sudden victory over Keyon Ellis of West Montgomery.
A 9-6 decision followed over Jared Watson of West Stanly before the majority decision defeat in the third-place bout to Bridges.