Grapplers Grind Out 10 Bouts
A tournament that began at 9 a.m. on Friday and didn't wrap up until about 8 p.m. on Saturday had to be a grueling exercise for local wrestlers like Glen Holmes and Dan King.
But the two seniors, Holmes from Pinecrest and King from Union Pines, both went 10-0 and won weight division titles in the Eastern Endowment Invitational held at Union Pines. Holmes won the 189-pound class, while King was the heavyweight champion.
Holmes pinned Cedric Carter of Riverside in 24 seconds for the 189 title. Pinecrest's Andrew Pugsley was decisioned 1-0 in the heavyweight final by King and took second.
Patriot wrestlers Sam Ransdell (112) and Kevin Brown (119) both won consolation finals to earn third-place medals. Also for the Patriots, Bradley McKeever (152) came in fourth and Trevor Capp (145) took fifth place.
For Union Pines, Tony Fernandez (135) won a consolation final and third place with a pin. Viking wrestlers finishing in fifth place were Joey Beck (160), Durrell Pate (189) and Nick Capps (215).
Riverside was first in the team results. Pinecrest came in fifth and Union Pines finished 11th. There were 16 teams represented in the season-opening clash of grapplers.
Casey Gashaw of Scotland County, the 125-pound champion was selected as the wrestler of the meet. Twenty-four members of the Copperheads Wrestling Club provided support for the endowment event.
Union Pines plays the host again this Friday and Saturday for the Moore County Duals.
Other teams entered are Riverside, East Gaston, Jack Britt, Leesville Road, Lee County, Anson, Hopewell, Southern Alamance and Hoke County. Pinecrest travels to the Dudley Panther Duals on Saturday.
Riverside 457, West Johnston 291, Seventy-First 280.5, Trinity 278.5, Pinecrest 251, Scotland 230.5, South Davidson 227, East Gaston 212, Hopewell 185, Chatham Central 173, Union Pines 170, Gray's Creek 161.5, Leesville Road 142.5, Apex 133, Western Harnett 110.5, Wakefield 83.
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