GREENSBORO — Eight area wrestlers competed in the 1A State Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Three of the eight came home with honors and one was an individual champion.
Elkin’s Said Javier, Jude Lloyd, Blake Frye, Juan Anuario and Justin Redd along with East Wilkes’ Chimeco Barber, Adam Moore and Colby Cooper made the journey to Guilford County to compete. Javier claimed the individual title in the 126 pound weight class while Lloyd and Anaurio were both medalists in their divisions as well.
In the team standings Elkin placed fifth with 41 points behind Rosewood, Rosman, Mitchell and Mount Airy. The Cardinals scored three team points.
“Said wrestled really well,” Elkin’s Coach Matt Dunn said. “He is my first individual champion as a head coach.”
“I don’t believe, however, that we were at our best as a team,” Dunn continued. “I had hoped for more of our kids to join Said in the center of the podium, but I am a perfectionist and we will work hard in the offseason to build on this performance.”
Javier’s pedigree certainly set the stage for this year’s accomplishment. He placed fourth in 2014, second in 2015 and entered the tournament with a 36-0 season record and a 117-27 career mark.
On Friday Javier defeated East Carteret’s Jason Nelson 8-1 and pinned Chatham Charter’s Chris Brannon to advance to the finals. “He started out a little slow, but he picked it up in the second match and continued through the finals,” Dunn said of the match.
In the finals Javier faced Rosewood’s sensational freshman Jordan Todd who boasted a 52-6 record coming into the tournament. In this contest Javier claimed a 3-0 victory to become the third wrestling state champion at Elkin High School in school history (joining James Blackburn and Aaron Rabin).
Lloyd finished third in the 132 pound weight class. Last season he placed second in the 113 pound division.
Lloyd opened the competition with a 6-0 decision over West Montgomery’s Brian Morill. In the semifinals he dropped a 7-2 decision to the eventual champion Cody Pugh of South Stanly.
In the consolation semifinals Lloyd posted a 1-0 decision over Alleghany’s Jackson Williams. He thereupon laid claim to third place by defeating Pamlico’s Marlon MacIntyre 3-0.
Anuario opened up against Chatham Central’s Hunter Little earning a 6-2 victory in the 170 pound weight class. In the semifinals he fell prey to Swain County’s Ross Ensley 3-2.
In the consolation semifinals Anuario defeated North Stokes’ Dalton Sawyers 5-3. In the consolation finals he was defeated by Cliff Phelps of Manteo 3-1.
Blake Frye was pinned by Rosman’s Ethan Orr in the semifinals at 138 pounds and injury defaulted to Rosewood’s Jayden Thomas in the consolation semifinals. Justin Redd fell to Rosewood’s Blake Dean 5-2 at 220 pounds in the quarterfinals before dropping a 3-2 tie breaker decision to North Stokes’ Paden Lungrin in the consolation quarterfinals.
Colby Cooper was the Cardinals’ highest finisher in the 182-pound weight class reaching the semifinals with a second period pin over Cameron Helt of Rosewood. In the semifinals he was pinned by Jacob Matheson of Hayesville.
Cooper dropped to consolation semifinals in the tournament where he faced where he faced Nick Dauksys of East Carteret. Dauksys, who eventually finished third, pinned Cooper in the second period.
Chimeco Barber opened up in the 106 pound division with an 11-2 loss to Rosewood’s Timothy Decatur-Luker (the eventual champion). He then dropped a 9-8 heartbreaker to Cody Morgan of North Stanly in the consolation quarterfinals.
Adam Moore lost an injury default decision to Pamlico’s Marlon MacIntyre in his initial match at 138 pounds. He then dropped a 9-3 decision to Alleghany’s Jackson Williams in the consolation quarterfinals.
In addition, Forbush’s Isaac McMillan and Edwin Alvarenga fared well in the 2A State Tournament. McMillan dominated R-S Central’s Caleb Spears in a 13-5 major decision to claim a state title at 152 pounds while Alvarenga defeated Wheatmore’s Jared Niemitelo to place third at 120 pounds.
From the north side of Surry County, Mount Airy had two wrestlers repeat as state champions as senior Cameron Pack and junior Jacob Hogue secured their second gold medals.