Pinecrest Pins Down State Wrestling Title
The Pinecrest Patriots have pinned down a state wrestling title.
With the Patriots leading the team points by the slimmest of margins, Dustin Roemer pinned his opponent in the 152-lb. championship match to secure the team title at the NCHSAA 4-A state individual wrestling championships in Greensboro.
Roemer's win over Rodney Shepard of Northern Durham earned the Patriot senior his second state individual title. He won at 145 last year.
"This one feels a lot better knowing I'm not the only one (from Pinecrest) that made it this far," Roemer said after his win.
He added: "We had seven guys make it to the state tournament this year. That's what excites me most. I know its pretty exciting to win states for a second year in a row (as an individual), but I am more excited about the team thing."
The Patriots finished with 100.5 points and snapped Parkland' High School's streak of consecutive team titles at five.
Roemer earned six points for his team, giving the Patriots a insurmountable 6.5 point margin over second place Parkland, a team that defeated the Patriots for the 4-A state dual title earlier this month.
Roemer wasn't the only wrestler from Moore County to capture an individual title.
Union Pines senior Michael Brennan scored a 13-4 decision over Reggie Huff of Southern Nash to capture the 3-A title at 182.
Brennan's state title is the first ever for Union Pines. He credited his coaches, teammates and family for providing the necessary coaching and support en route to his historic win.
"This feels awesome," said Brennan who finished the year unbeaten in 50 matches. "I knew in my heart, after losing in the semifinals here last year, that I was not going to lose another match."
Two wrestlers, Roemer's brother, Dallas (132 pounds), a sophomore at Pinecrest, and North Moore junior Kyle Kidd (182 at 1-A) , finished runner-up in their respective weight classifications.
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