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College Wrestling Signing; Hunter Stephenson

Hunter Stephenson signs with UNC Pembroke with (seated at left) North Johnston wrestling coach Jonathan Hartley, (seated at right) his mother Michelle Stephenson, (standing, from left) North principal Tim Harrell and coach Jason Wilson.
Hunter Stephenson signs with UNC Pembroke with (seated at left) North Johnston wrestling coach Jonathan Hartley, (seated at right) his mother Michelle Stephenson, (standing, from left) North principal Tim Harrell and coach Jason Wilson. newsobserver.com

Parents: Mark and Michelle Stephenson

High School: North Johnston

Why Pembroke? “I saw the campus, the facilities and the staff and I fell in love with the program.”

Also Considered: Methodist, Averett, Hampton-Sydney

Plans to Major In: History Education

Notable: Hunter had offers to play football in college as well but liked the challenge that collegiate wrestling offered him. “I didn’t grow up wrestling since age 7 like most guys who get the chance to wrestle in college,” he said. “To have that opportunity at the next level is something I find really challenging.” … The atmosphere he felt in the Pembroke wrestling program also helped sway him to the mat instead of the gridiron. … Hunter won 48 matches as a senior, wrestling at 195 pounds. He won five of the seven individual tournaments he participated in last season as well. He totaled 111 career victories. … In football, Hunter was a senior captain starter at middle linebacker. He also played offensive line.

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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