Cox, Oliver and Cox wrestle to regional championships
Riverside’s Jaquon Sowell (170 pounds), Northern Durham’s Atavion Oliver (182) and Caleb Cox (126) of N.C. Science & Math all won regional titles Saturday to lead local qualifiers moving on to the N.C. High School Athletics Association state wrestling championships this week in Greensboro.
Joining Sowell and Oliver in the 4A tournament will be Jordan’s Micah Marcin, who finished fourth in the Midwest Regional’s 145-pound class, Northern’s third-place regional finisher Demazio Samuel (195), and Riverside’s Abdurrauf Muhammad, who lost a 6-1 decision to Oliver in the Midwest Regional finals.
In the 3A Mideast Regional, Southern Durham’s James Taylor advanced by virtue of his pin of Northwood’s John Dunning in their third-place match at 195 pounds.
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In the 2A Mideast, Cox’s teammate Dylan Millson qualified for states by finishing as runner-up in the regional’s 152-pound class.
The N.C. High School Athletcs Association wrestling championships are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and S0aturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
N.C. Science & Math relays score in state swim meet
The N.C. Science & Math boys’ team finished third and the NCSSM girls were fifth in last week’s 1A/2A state championships for swimming and diving. Durham School of the Arts finished 17th in the boys’ meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center, while Voyager placed 32nd. DSA’s girls placed 14th.
NCSSM’s girls got most of their scoring from two relays: the fourth-place 200 free relay (Caroline Liu, Claudia Aiello, Shreya Patel, Stephanie Ding); and the Unicorns’ 200 medley relay (Patel, Liu, Dina Chen, and Ding), which finished in fifth place.
NCSSM’s boys scored most of their points with the sixth-place 400 freestyle relay (Richard Lang, Blake Creighton, Nolan Hopkins, Braxton Baird), and the 11th-place medley relay (Stefan Knorr, Seth Yook , Hopkins, and Howard Li).
DSA also got most of its points from relays: the girls’ 200 free relay (Hannah Yueh, Cecilia Hernandez, Emily Burke, Misha Neal) in seventh place, and the 200 medley relay (Hernandez, Temple Walston, Neal, and Burke ) in 10th place.