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Trojan wrestlers win North Brunswick Invitational

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 LELAND — The West Brunswick High School wrestling team won the North Brunswick Invitational Saturday, Jan. 4, for the sixth straight time.

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West had three champions and six second-place finishers in finishing with 77 points. Conference rival Topsail was second (51) and Cape Fear third (39) in the 12-team event.

Host North had one champion: Anthony Walker at 145 pounds, the Scorpions’ first champion is six years. The Scorpions finished fifth, their best finish in six years.

South Brunswick senior Trent Allen was the Cougars’ only champion, at 220 pounds, and coaches voted Allen, unbeaten this season, the most Outstanding Wrestler.

For the Trojans, its three champions were junior Caleb Jasper at 113 pounds, beating his Trask foe by fall in the second period; freshman Porfirio Bautista at 120 pounds, beating his Purnell Swett foe 9-5; and junior Campbell Alspaugh at 132 pounds, beating North freshman Patrick Burton 5-0.

“I was really pleased with my younger guys, and especially my 113- and my 120-pounders, C.J. Jasper and Porfirio Bautista,” West coach Jimmy Caraway said. “They shocked me. Porfirio is still undefeated and he had a great match in the finals. That kid placed at the Tiger Tournament, which is a great tournament in North Carolina.

“Our 132-pounder, Campbell Alspaugh, wrestled really good today against a good freshman, so I was pleased with that.

“The other guys that got in the finals, they had tough finals matches. At 145, 152, 195 and heavyweight, those were good, solid kids. This was a good, solid tournament.”

At 106 pounds, freshman Matthew Tippett lost by fall in the second period to his Topsail foe.

At 126 pounds, junior Jyquan Green lost by fall to a Grey’s Creek foe in the second period.

At 145 pounds, sophomore Michael Nelson lost 5-2 to his Topsail foe.

At 152, sophomore Peyton Tipton lost 18-5 to Walker.

At 195, senior Dakota Smith lost 8-2 to his Purnell Swett foe.

At heavyweight, junior Joe Gore lost 10-0 to his Topsail foe, who finished second at state last year.

West had one third-place finisher: junior Daniel McRainey at 220 pounds.

South had four third-place finishers: senior Jarrett Walls at 126 pounds, senior Trey Borsuk at 152 pounds, junior Christian Stiller at 160 pounds and junior Colby Hill at heavyweight.

North had one other second-place finisher: freshman Tyrone Watson at 170 pounds. The Scorpions had one third-place finisher: Evin Bellamy at 182 pounds.

 “We need to get better,” Caraway said. “There is a lot of room for improvement — a lot of room. And we’re going to start shedding the fat, you might say, by getting rid of the kids that are not here day in and day out.  With this squad that we brought today, that’s our core right now.

“And we’re looking toward the future, too. I was real happy with my JV guys, the way they wrestled today.”

West had five junior varsity champions: Allan Plueger at 106, David Frazier at 138, Khalid Matthews at 145, Chris Golden at 170 and Marquis Brown at heavyweight.

The Trojans wrestle a varsity match Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Topsail.

“If we win, we go to the state duals,” Caraway said. “If they win, they still have to beat South.”

Although the Trojans had won the tournament the five previous years, it was not part of a pre-tourney speech by Caraway.

“I didn’t want to put any pressure on them whatsoever,” he said. “We won it again, and I’m really pleased and really happy.

“We’re young and we got some hard-working kids in the weight room and in the wrestling rooms. We’ll see what happens come February. February is when we hope to peak.”

The state tournament is Feb. 20-22.

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