Cleveland grabbed an automatic bid to the NCHSAA 3A dual team wrestling playoffs with a 37-33 victory over Corinth Holders Wednesday night. The win gave the Rams second place in the Two Rivers 3A Conference behind Western Harnett.
The Rams dominated the lower weight classes with pins from Richard Alvarado (106 pounds), Noah Youngs (113), Christopher McIver (120) and Chandler Daughtry (126). Michael Pineda added a major decision for the wins at 132.
Corinth Holders took advantage of pins from Dustin Styons (138), Larry Williams (220) and Frankie Miller (285) and got wins from Noah Vasquez, Trey Black and Alex Staples.
Cleveland’s other wins came from Jakob Cox (152), Donald Sugg (170) and Quinton Ross (195).
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Garner rolls again: Garner moved to 9-0 in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference boys basketball race with a 96-66 victory over East Wake Tuesday night.
Garner junior Thomas Allen had 31 points in the win with N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried among those in the near-capacity Trojan gymnasium.
Alex Reed added 15 points for 17-2 Garner and Kenyon Burt had 10 points.
Kenan gets by NCS boys: Neuse Charter missed out on a chance to take a two-game lead in the Carolina 1A Conference boys basketball race, falling to James Kenan 62-56 Wednesday night in Warsaw.
The loss leaves Kenan at 8-1 in the conference and Neuse Charter at 7-1. The Tigers scored 42 of their 62 points in the second half.
The Cougars (13-6 overall) beat Princeton 80-59 on Tuesday.
SSS, Cleveland boys fall: Two Rivers 3A Conference unbeaten leader Triton edged Smithfield-Selma 77-73 on Monday night to open up a two-game lead in the regular-season race.
Western Harnett handed Cleveland a 64-58 loss to create a three-way tie for third at 2-3 in the conference.
Triton (65-39 over SSS) and Cleveland (56-15 over Western) rolled to girls wins on the same night.
South Johnston turns back SSS: South Johnston defeated Smithfield-Selma 45-30 in a dual wrestling match on Wednesday. The Trojans had five wins via forfeit on the night.
Desmond Johnson, Graham Swanson and Edwin Contreras won matches for South.
Anthony Masterton, Steven Taylor, Jayime Blair, Jackson Parker and Michael Whitley had the victories for the Spartans.
Trio remained tied for GNRC girls lead: Southeast Raleigh, Knightdale and East Wake stayed deadlocked in a three-way tie for the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls basketball lead with wins on Tuesday night. The squads are all 8-1.
Southeast beat West Johnston 64-25, East Wake beat Garner 67-41 and Knightdale beat Rolesville 36-21.
Harnett Central turned back Clayton 47-37 in Tuesday’s other GNRC contest.
Clayton boys rally: Clayton’s boys basketball team rallied in the final quarter to down Harnett Central 57-55 Tuesday night. The Comets held the Trojans to seven fourth-quarter points.
The win keeps Clayton a game behind Garner in the loss column and the race for the conference title.
Cougars stop Bulldogs: Neuse Charter downed Princeton 48-41 in girls basketball on Tuesday behind a 16-point night from sophomore Lacey Jones. Paeton Moody added 10 in points in the win.
Jordan Benson led Princeton with 14 points in the loss.
NCS fell to James Kenan 39-37 on Wednesday night in another Carolina 1A Clash.