Wrestling roundup: West Johnston senior takes stunning win

tstevens@newsobserver.comDecember 30, 2013 

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    WRAL Invitational

    (Top 20 of 35) 1. Alexander Central 184; 2. Cranford, N.J., 178; 3. Lake Norman 168.5; 4. New Kent, Va., 153.5; 5. Hillcrest, S.C. 138; 6. West Forsyth 127; 7. West Johnston 124.5; 8. North Gaston 116.5; 9. Croatan 102.5; 10. Cape Fear 98.5; 11. Ashbrook 94; 12. East Gaston 93.5; 13. Riverside 89.5; 14. Enka 83; 15. Hoke 82; 15. Millbrook 82; 17. Wake Forest 66.5; 18. Athens Drive 64; 19. Northern Durham 57; 20. New Bern 56.5.

    Individual

    106 Chase Kominek (Lake Norman) 31-1, So. over Tony Jimenez (West Johnston) 22-3, Sr. (Dec 6-2).

    113 Tom DiGiovanni (Cranford) 9-1, Fr. over Bailey Cooper (Hoke County) 24-4, Jr. (Dec 1-0).

    120 Chris Scorese (Cranford) 8-2, Fr. over Trey Cornish (Athens Dr) 19-6, So. (Dec 9-6).

    126 Ian Machamer (North Gaston) 24-7, Jr. over Anthony Brito (Heritage) 14-1, Fr. (Dec 3-2).

    132 Jacob Grigg (East Gastons) 18-0, Sr. over Brax Meade (Alexander Central) 21-8, Jr. (Dec 16-10).

    138 Gavin Murray (Cranford) 9-0, Jr. over Logan Pavia (Lake Norman) 29-4, So. (MD 8-0).

    145 Dallas Roemer (Pinecrest) 18-2, Sr. over Blake Hohman (New Kent) 18-3, Jr. (Dec 8-3).

    152 Brody McGrath (Croatan) 23-2, Sr. over Evan Burks (Cape Fear) 18-1, Sr. (Fall 5:34).

    160 Geroge Nathaniel (West Johnston) 24-2, Sr. over Garrett Hlavacek (Cape Fear) 22-2, Sr. (SV-1 7-5).

    170 Jaquon Sowell (Riverside) 12-1, Jr. over Owen Helman (West Forsyth) 22-2, Sr. (Dec 10-5).

    182 Ryan Devlin (Lake Norman) 30-2, Sr. over Atavion Oliver (Northern Durham) 20-1, Jr. (Dec 9-4).

    195 DeAndre Jones (New Bern) 21-0, Sr. over Landon Sayegh (Hillcrest) 16-5, Sr. (Dec 5-1).

    220 Sam Campbell (West Johnston) 18-0, Jr. over Brian Tiderman (Independence) 23-1, Sr. (Dec 13-7).

    285 Gary Whitaker (Riverside) 24-1, Jr. over Lucas St.Clair (Alexander Central) 18-4, Sr. (SV-1 3-1).

    TIGER HOLIDAY

    at Chapel Hill

    (Top 15 of 35 teams) 1. Fayetteville Britt 287.5; 2. Chattahoocee, Ga. 188.5; 3. Clay, Fla. 186.5; 3. Wilmington Laney 186.5; 5. Cornelius Hough 182.5; 6. Orange 175.5; 7. Hope Mills South View 153.0; 8. Carrboro 102; 9. Havelock 100; 10. Chatham Central 99.5; 11. Mooresville 94.5; 12. Piedmont 89.5; 13. Watauga 81.5; 14. Trinity 72; 15. West Carteret 68.0

    Individuals

    106 _ Bradley Wanovich (Britt) 28-0, So. over David Bostian (Laney) 24-5, So. (Dec 4-2).

    113_ Andrew Wanovich (Britt) 29-0, Sr. over Dale Browning (Clay) 13-3, . (Dec 2-1).

    120 _ Richard Tolston (Britt,) 25-1, Jr. over Jordan Pitt (Chattahoocee) 24-2, Jr. (Dec 6-2).

    126 _ James Daggett (Chatham Central) 21-3, Sr. over Stephen Dreher (Carrboro) 18-1, Sr. (Dec 14-7).

    132 _ Demetreus Kostis (Watauga) 31-1, Sr. over Garrett Hinton (Britt) 21-1, Sr. (Dec 8-5).

    138_Brandon Stern (Britt,) 29-1, Jr. over Collin Smith (Orange) 23-3, Sr. (TF-1.5 4:53 (15-0)).

    145 _ Adam Briendel (Clay) 29-1, . over Michael Palmer (Britt) 23-8, Sr. (MD 10-1).

    152 _ Angel Najar (North Pitt) 26-0, Jr. over Jake Efird (William Hough) 15-2, Sr. (Fall 3:50).

    160_ John Ellis (Havelock) 19-2, Sr. over Michael Lines (Clayton) 27-8, So. (Fall 4:00).

    170_ David Peters Logue (Orange) 24-0, Sr. over Jordan Thompson (Hough) 24-1, Jr. (Dec 1-0).

    182 _Malik McDonald (South View) 28-0, Sr. over Sebastian Barreto (Hough) 25-1, Sr. (Fall 1:11).

    195_ Saetyre McDowell (Britt) 16-2, Sr. over Sean Hoffmann (Chattahoocee) 19-2, Jr. (Dec 8-5).

    220 _ Troy Cain (South View) 24-0, Sr. over Taylor Podhouser (Chattahoocee) 16-6, Sr. (Fall 0:24).

    285 _ Byron Bryant (Britt, Jack) 20-1, So. over DaQuan Brown (Hillside) 8-2, Jr. (Fall 1:37).

George Nathaniel of West Johnston was the overwhelming choice as the most outstanding wrestler last weekend in the 42nd annual WRAL Invitational at Athens Drive High.

Nathaniel did not qualify for the N.C. High School Athletic Association championships last year, but roared through an outstanding field to win the 160-pound weight class in the invitational.

“Nathaniel isn’t ranked in the state, but he was just tremendous last weekend,” said West Johnston coach David Prendergrast. “He has kept improving and improving through the years.”

Nathaniel, who is 24-2 this year, defeated Garrett Hlavacek of Fayettville Cape Fear in the finals, 7-5. Hlavacek was fifth in the state finals last year.

Earlier, Nathaniel had beaten Niko Cappello, a high school all-America pick from Cranford, N.J., and Eddie McGrail of Lake Norman, who was third in last year’s NCHSAA championships.

“George is not afraid of wrestling anyone,” Prendergrast said. “He was simply outstanding.”

Undefeated Sam Campbell of West Johnston won the 220-pound title by taking a 13-7 win over Brian Tiderman of Charlotte Independence.

“Tiderman is the all-time leader in wrestling wins in Mecklenburg County,” Prendergrast said. “Sam’s win was very impressive. Sam was tremendous, but everyone expected him to be. He is ranked among the top two in his class in the state. George surprised a lot of people.”

The wins by Campbell and Nathaniel helped West Johnston finish seventh (124.5 points), the highest among area teams. Alexander Central won the team title with 184.0 points.

Durham Riverside’s Jaquon Sowell, who is 12-1, and Gary Whitaker, who is 24-1, won the 170 and 285-pound divisions.

Tiger Holiday wrestling: Orange’s 170-pound David Peters Logue, who is undefeated this year, and Chatham Central’s 126-pound James Daggett were the only area winners in the Tiger Holiday wrestling tournament at Chapel Hill last weekend.

Logue, 24-0, defeated previously unbeaten Jordan Thompson of Charlotte Hough, 1-0, in the finals.

Daggett (21-3) took a 14-7 decision over Carrboro’s Stephen Dreher, who is now 18-1.

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