High schools

Three area wrestlers win NCISAA championships

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 17, 2014 

Ian Siegal and Matthew Gibbonof Cary Academy and Garrett Hicks of Ravenscroft won N.C. Independent School Athletic Association wrestling championships last weekend at High Point Wesleyan.

Gibbon pinned Arthur Linne of Providence Day in 3:10 to win the 122-pound title. Gibbon won his first match in the tournament 22-6 and pinned his next four opponents.

Siegal pinned Mark Saleh of Charlotte Christian School in 3:30 for the 154-pound championship. He won his tournament opener 28-1, added two pins and a 9-5 decision before his finals win.

Hicks won the 184-pound classification with a 3:39 pin of D.J. Wilson of Southlake Christian Academy. Hicks had a 6-0 decision over Josh Bailey of High Point Wesleyan Academy in the semifinals.

Ravenscroft’s Wes Stroud lost 10-0 in the 115-pound finals to Bradley David of High Point Wesleyan.

Charlotte Latin (199 points) won the team title. Southlake (164) was second. Ravenscroft (86.5) and Cary Academy (84) were sixth and seventh.

NCISAA basketball: Raleigh Word of God is the No. 2 seed in the NCISAA boys 1A basketball tournament that begins Tuesday and crowns a champion on Saturday at Forsyth Country Day near Winston-Salem.

Word of God, and the other top seeds, have first round byes and will begin play on Thursday. The semifinals are Friday.

The Ravenscroft girls (22-4) are the No. 3 seed in 3A and Cary Christian (20-6) is the No. 4 seed in 2A girls.

Eastern Plains tournament: The Cary Christian boys and the Halifax Academy girls won basketball championships Saturday at Rocky Mount Academy in the Eastern Plains Independent 2A tournament.

Cary Christian (23-5) was led by tourney MVP Nick Smith who had 9 points, 4 rebound and five assists in the 68-62 championship win over St. David’s.

“It was a team effort tonight,” said Cary Christian coach Bill Thompson. “... We don’t care who scores.”

Kelly Williams, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, led Halifax Academy to its 61-48 win over Cary Christian for the title. Williams had 34 points and 24 rebounds. She also drew more than 15 fouls.

State wrestling: Area wrestlers who have qualified for the N.C. High School Athletic Association championships this week are listed on the PrepsNow blog at nando.com/prepsnow.

The state individual tournament begins Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum for 2A, 3A and 4A wrestlers. The 1A tournament starts Friday. All of the semifinals are scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.

The title matches are scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.

Conference tournaments: Most area high school basketball tournaments were casualties of last week’s school closings, but the Piedmont Athletic 4A will begin its postseason tournament on Tuesday at Person High. The girls’ semifinals are Wednesday, the boys’ semifinals on Thursday and the championship games are on Friday.

J. Mike Blake contributed.

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