Union Pines Wrestlers’ ‘Historic Season’ Ends
Five Union Pines wrestlers made the podium Saturday on the second day of the state championship meet at Greensboro Coliseum.
Randy Stevans took third-place at 130 pounds in the 3A classification, rebounding from an opening round loss to win five consecutive matches in the consolation bracket, including pinning Jay M. Robinson's Caleb Swinson in 1:44 in the consolation finals.
Otherwise, Michael Brennan took fourth-place at 160 pounds, Brandon Berry finished fifth at 119 pounds, Marquis McKinney took fifth at 285 pounds and Kaleb Rierson finished sixth at 215 pounds.
Pinecrest's Dustin Roemer finished sixth at 135 pounds in the Class 4A competition.
Union Pines finished fifth as a team with 69 points. Jay M. Robinson backed up its Class 3A dual team state title by winning the tournament team state title with 129 points.
The 69 points and fifth-place finish was the best by far for the Vikings at the state championship meet. The previous best was last year’s 22nd-place finish.
“A historic season is what we would like to call the season of 2009-10,” head coach Matt Ragsdale said in an e-mail to parents, supporters and alumni sent out on Monday.
The Vikings sat atop the Class 3A dual team state rankings for much of the season. They finished with a 30-3 record in duals competition and won the Cape Fear Valley Conference championship, along with four tournament titles.
They made it to the third round of the dual team state tournament and finished second in the Mideast Regional tournament heading into Saturday’s fifth-place finish at the state meet.
“This season has been fun for the coaches, and we look forward to years of success,” Ragsdale said.
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