Smithfield: Sports

Princeton brings home one title, six runner-up finishes

Form held Saturday in the Carolina 1A Conference wrestling tournament, despite a different format, as highly regarded, but unranked perennial power Rosewood won another team title. The Eagles rolled up 248 team points and crowned nine individaul champions.

Limited numbers forced the round-robin format instead of the traditional bracket-style format, which saw six weight classes with five wrestlers, one with four, six with three and one weight with only two. Conference tournaments are usually contested through line bracketing procedures

But the host Bulldogs did a little howling of their own, with Michael Daughtry winning the 126-pound championship, complemented by six runner-up finishes in the event.

Those performances enabled the Bulldogs to take team runner-up honors, amassing 112 points. Tarboro finished a distant third (70.5 points) followed by Manteo (43) and first-year program Neuse Charter with seven.

The Eagles (39-2) will enter this week's NCHSAA 1A dual meet championships as the Carolina Conference representative, while Princeton is hoping for a wild card slot.

Daughtry, the state's No. 4-ranked 1A wrestler at 126 pounds, posted a 2-0 worksheet, while Princeton’s runner-ups Cameron Cook (138 pounds); Dillon Pace (152) and Matthew Peedin (285) were each 3-1.

Also garnering runner-up efforts were Cody Parrish (170 pounds, 2-1); Jesse Tojeovich , the state's No. 6 1A grappler at 160, (1-1) and Haley Melville at 106.

Neuse Charter picked up its inaugural Carolina Conference tournament win, that by Jimmy Cuccurello at 138 pounds.