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Four area wrestlers earn way to national championships

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CHAPEL HILL — Fike High wrestlers Aaron Bancroft and Linton Holmes, along with Rosewood High’s Christian and Timothy Decatur, all won their respective weight classes at the 41st annual Tar Heel Classic on April 14-15, thus earning spots on the North Carolina National Dual Team.

Bancroft went 3-0 in the Junior 170-pound division, pinning Stephen Deutsch of Darkhorse Wrestling in 53 seconds in the final. Holmes won the Junior 152-pound class, defeating Sincere King of Greenville Wrestling 15-11 in the championship match. Timothy Decatur also won all three of his matches to claim the Junior 126-pound Junior title while younger brother Christian ruled the Cadet 113-pound division.

The Backyard Wrestling Club picked up the Best Small Team awards for both Greco and Freestyle at the Tar Heel Classic.

Bancroft, Holmes and Timothy Decatur will go to Tulsa, Oklahoma, as part of the Junior National Dual Team in June while Christian Decatur will compete with the Cadet National Dual Team in Spokane, Washington.

All four wrestlers will compete at the national championships in Fargo, North Dakota, in July.

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