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GREENSBORO — Beddingfield High senior Patrick King was the last man standing Friday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship wrestling tournament — at least for wrestlers from The Wilson Times readership area.
King, the No. 2 seed from the East Region, lost by technical fall in his quarterfinals match in the 2-A 152-pound weight class to Mideastern champion Quincy Monday of Carrboro on Friday morning in the Greensboro Coliseum. However, the Bruins senior won his first consolation match, notching a 16-1 technical fall over Smoky Mountain’s Andy Houston, the No. 2 seed from the West to ensure he would stay in Greensboro for the final day of the three-day tourney.
King, now 20-4, will take on East Montgomery’s Keyon Ellis, the Mideast runner-up, in Saturday morning’s consolation quarterfinals. A win there would assure King of no worse than a sixth-place finish. He would advance to the third-place match with a victory.
The only other area wrestler in the 2-A tournament, SouthWest Edgecombe’s Jaylyn Goins, was pinned by Che Armstrong of Durham School of the Arts in the first consolation round to finish with a 17-9 record.
Friday proved to be a tough day for the remaining area wrestlers in the 3-A tournament.
Fike senior Isaiah Proctor, who won his first-round match by forfeit Thursday, was on the losing end of a 15-0 technical fall decision against Midwest champion Chase Hamlin of Northwest Cabarrus. That sent Proctor, No. 3 from the East, into the consolation bracket, where he lost a 12-4 major decision to Ben Austin of Piedmont. Proctor finished with a 34-11 record.
Teammate Aaron Bancroft, the East champion, lost his first match at 145 pounds Thursday but rebounded to claim a 17-2 technical fall over Desmond Hope of Gastonia Hunter Huss in his first consolation bout Friday. However, Bancroft was ousted by Clayton’s Deondra James in an ultimate tiebreaker to finish his season 49-5.
Fike’s Linton Holmes (138 pounds), Jayleen Bullock (195) and Saulo Rodriguez (285) all lost their first consolation matches Friday. Holmes concluded his senior season 46-9 while Rodriguez, a junior, finished 33-25, and Bullock posted a 20-13 final mark in his freshman year.
Southern Nash senior Jesus Raya, the East champion at 195 pounds, saw his high school career come crashing down with a pair of one-point decisions Friday. Raya, who posted a 4-0 win over Southeast Guilford’s Brayan Guevara on Thursday, lost 5-4 in the final seconds of Friday’s quarterfinals to Kaleb Hendren of Hunter Huss, No. 2 from the West.
Raya, who was 33-1 going into Friday, came up just short with a 3-2 loss to Alexander Central’s Tevin Clark in his first consolation match.
Raya’s Firebirds teammate, Zachary Coble, also lost his first consolation match at 182 pounds to finish 36-12 on the year.
Hunt’s Tanner Klutey was pinned by Marterion Howell of Alexander Central in their consolation bout Friday, finishing Klutey’s season with a 13-3 record.
C.B. Aycock’s Devin Maldonado, the East champion at 113 pounds, also was eliminated in his first consolation match, losing by fall to Fayetteville Westover’s Garrett Johnson. Maldonado ended with a 37-10 mark.