Carrboro heavyweight Magnus Herweyer placed first in his regional tournament’s weight class to lead seven Jaguars in qualifying last weekend for the upcoming state championships in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Herweyer blazed through the 285-pound division in Saturday’s Mideast 2A Regional Tournament at Wheatmore High School, getting a bye in the first round, then pinning Reidsville’s Griffin Guill in 1 minute, 3 seconds, and then advancing with an 11-3 major decision over Bunn’s Omar Rosa in the semifinals.
Herweyer won the Mideast championship by felling Terrance Reed of Graham in just 43 seconds.
The top four in each regional’s weight class advanced to this week’s N.C. High School Athletics Association state championships, which are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Herweyer will be joined in Greensboro by: regional runners-up Dante Veltri (120 pounds) and Emmanuel Oquaye (220); third-place finishers Otto Wolin (106), Trenton Davis (145) and Carl Fulghieri (170); and fourth-place finisher Keegan Cordell (138).
Advancing from the 3A Mideast Regional at Eden Morehead High School, Northwood qualified five wrestlers and Orange four wrestlers – led by 285-pound winner Byron Stephenson.
Three Chargers were runners-up in the regionals: Grayson Bryant (145); sophomore Hunter Queen (160), who will be heading to Greensboro for the second straight year; and junior Michael Queen (182), a three-time state qualifier.
Northwood junior John Dunning (195), a two-time qualifier, and junior Ian Anderson (126) both finished fourth in the 3A Mid
Orange, the Big East Conference champion, ran into trouble during the Mideast semifinals – advancing just two of seven semifinalists into the last round.
Stephenson, who has won 16 straight bouts against 3A opponents, won a major decision, 8-0 over George Blackstock of Eden Morehead to win the 3A regional’s 285 title.
Orange’s Gonzalo Garcia Contoral (132) finished second at the regional, while Joe Scott (138) finished third, and Bailey Hawkins (113) took fourth place to advance to the state championships.
Camden Bergey will represent Chapel Hill High School after finishing in fourth place at 170 pounds in the 3A Mideast Regional.
Also representing the Big Eight Conference, Southern Durham’s James Taylor advanced by virtue of his pin of Northwood’s John Dunning in their third-place match at 195 pounds.