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Wrestling resumes at Scorpion Classic

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

LELAND—Brunswick County’s three high school wrestling teams produced six individual champions and 13 medalists at an eight-team tournament on Saturday.

Topsail, one of the strongest 1A programs in the state, took first place in the annual Scorpion Heritage Classic with 195 points. The Pirates had wrestlers place in the top four in 12 of the 14 weight classes.

Cape Fear compiled 182 points and edged West Brunswick by half a point in the battle for second place.

Rounding out the team standings were South Brunswick with 146.5 points, Trask with 131, Ashley with 122, tournament host North Brunswick with 70 and Pender with 44.

“I think this tournament today had the most parity. I mean everything was close, every match, every final. It was a really great tournament,” said West Brunswick coach Jimmy Caraway.

“I’m upset that we didn’t get second. I mean a half a point. We’re missing trophies by half a point every time, so what that’s telling me is in the early rounds we’ve got to get those points.”

West Brunswick and Ashley each had three individual champions. Topsail, Cape Fear and South Brunswick had two each and North Brunswick and Trask had one each.

West Brunswick’s champions were Dylan Bernier at 103 pounds, Josh Sergent at 119 and Dixon Floyd at heavyweight.

Bernier, a sophomore, pinned all three of his opponents and improved his season record to 19-1.

Caraway said Bernier has been a big surprise this season.

“It’s amazing. He’s been lifting the weights. He ran cross country. He’s doing everything right. It’s been a long time since I had a 103-pounder who’s in there all the time and working hard.”

Sergent, a senior, won two matches in the tournament and is 20-0 for the season. Floyd, another senior, had three pins to move his record to 22-2.

“Josh did what Josh usually does, and Dixon did great in the finals. He did exactly what he needed to do,” Caraway said.

The Trojans had three runners-up—Brian Dillman at 130, Caleb Hawkins at 135 and Deven Ruane at 152. Dillman injured his shoulder in the semifinal round and did not take the mat for the finals.

Troy Ruane placed third in the 112-pound class and won an award for recording the most pins (3) in the least time (4:39). Joey Moreno came in third at 171 pounds.

Caraway said he was pleasantly surprised by the performances of Hawkins, Moreno and Troy Ruane.

“The younger kids stepped up. They did what they needed to do. I was proud of them.”

West Brunswick was coming off a two-week break for the holidays.

“I think the break was good for us and this tournament was good to get us back into it and get some wins and some matches under out belt,” Caraway said.

“I felt like we could have done better. There were some matches that we could have won and we should have won but we just didn’t finish. We didn’t finish what we started.”

South Brunswick’s tournament champions were Sammy Roundtree at 125 pounds and Jonathan Marvin at 135.

Placing third were David Cochran at 215 and Thomas Mecham at heavyweight. Finishing fourth were Charlie Martin at 130, Paul Ikalowych at 140, Kyle Kackenmeister at 145 and Stephen Fayak at 160.

Coach Jack Southern said the Cougars did about as well as he expected.

“We did all right, I guess, coming off break,” he said. “I was hoping we’d get a few more thirds.”

South Brunswick standout Jeremy Roundtree sat out with an injury.

“He hurt his shoulder this week at practice. We thought it’d be best to let it rest for the regionals and states,” Southern said.

North Brunswick’s only individual champion was junior Nick Barnes in the 145-pound class.

“Nick’s a phenomenal wrestler,” said North Brunswick coach Josh Chadwick.

“The boy’s got mat presence that is rarely seen in this part of the country. You go up North somewhere, you go into the Midwest where they breed wrestlers and you see that kind of nose for the mat. This kid has got it.

“There is no move that he cannot counter, there is no move that he doesn’t know. He takes it to them every time he walks on the mat. He doesn’t hold anything back, leaves it out there on the circle and I could not be more proud of the boy.”

North’s Bryant Burton placed fourth at 215 pounds.

“At this point in the season with the amount of wrestlers I have I think they did very well. All my young guys today got at least one win. The learning experience is basically what was needed,” Chadwick said.

“They’ve been working out with each other for so long it’s good for them to get in here with a massive amount of bodies and lock on to somebody else. With each of them getting a win today, it’s a big ego boost and what they need going into the stretch here before the regionals.”

All three county squads had dual meets scheduled this week with West Brunswick visiting Laney Tuesday and South Brunswick traveling to Dixon and North Brunswick hosting White Oak Wednesday.

The Scorpions will entertain Pender in another dual meet Friday at 7 p.m. The Trojans and Cougars will compete in a dual team tournament Saturday at Ashley High School.