Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lake Norman wins N.C. 4A Western Regional wrestling championship

The Lake Norman wrestling team has had a record breaking year. After winning a school record 33 matches, including the I-Meck dual tournament, the Wildcats added a another notch on their belt Saturday, winning the school’s first ever 4A Western Regional title at Bojangles Arena.

“We had the best year in school history this season,” Lake Norman wrestling coach Morgan Fore said, who is in his first year as head coach. “I think we accomplished a lot of things, and a regional title is just another stepping stone on the way to a state title (next year).”

Lake Norman (33-5) was led by individual champions Harrison Honeycutt (215-lb.), Josh Smith (152-lb.) and Cody Karns (103-lb.). Honeycutt, who is 46-0 this year, won his 100th consecutive match and hopes to repeat as an individual state champion next week.

Meanwhile, Nick Rodrigues (130-lb.), Mike Haynes (145-lb.) and Collin Foster (189-lb.) were runners-up in their respective weight classes. The Wildcats’ Ryan Renfroe (119-lb.) and Mike Rubino (160-lb.) both finished fourth, and (along with the teammates mentioned above) will also represent Lake Norman at the 4A state individual meet next Friday and Saturday (Feb. 26-27) at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“It always feel good to win,” Honeycutt said. “To win individually is great, but we also wanted the team title and that was big (tonight).”

Lake Norman had to defeat a familiar foe in archrival Mooresville, to win the regional title. The Blue Devils finished in a tie for second with Alexander Central 24.5 points behind the Wildcats. Mooresville was paced by regional champions, Hunter Hefner (130-lb.) and Dalton Pierce (145-lb.). The Blue Devils’ Santonio Thompson (135-lb.) and Tyler Bruton (160-lb.) earned runner-up finishes.

Three other Charlotte area schools had two regional champions, including Ardrey Kell, Butler and East Gaston. Butler’s Tom Puckett (125-lb.) won the regional for the third consecutive year, while his teammate Dalton Cunningham also won the 140-lb. weight class.

Ardrey Kell got wins from Jeffrey Stevenson (112-lb.) and Daniel Nevseta (171-lb.), and a runner-up finish from Michael Bedard.

East Gaston brothers’ Jesse and John Grigg both won regional titles joining their oldest brother, Jared (former regional champ), in the family trophy case. Jesse Grigg, a senior, was also named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler (MOW).

“It’s a family tradition to win wrestling championships,” Jesse Grigg said, who was 4th at regional and states, individually last year. “I think probably some of the toughest fights I ever had were with my brothers.”

-- Correspondent Jay Edwards

Team Scores

1 Lake Norman 163.5

2 Mooresville 139

2 Alexander Central 139

4 T.C. Roberson 93

5 East Gaston 89

6 Butler 88.5

7 Olympic 88.5

8 Ardrey Kell 85

9 South Caldwell 71

10 Mallard Creek 67.5

11 East Meck 59.5

12 West Meck 54

13 McDowell 51.5

14 West Charlotte 50

15 Hopewell 47.5

15 South Meck 47.5

17 North Meck 28

18 Myers Park 26

19 Independence 24

20 Watauga 20

21 Providence 12

22 Vance 8

23 A.C. Reynolds 0

4A Western Regional Champions

103 – Cody Karns, Lake Norman

112 – Jeffrey Stevenson, Ardrey Kell

119 – John Grigg, East Gaston

125 – Tom Buckett, Butler

130 – Hunter Hefner, Mooresville

135 – Jesse Grigg, East Gaston**

140 – Dalton Cunningham, Butler

145 – Dalton Pierce, Mooresville

152 – Josh Smith, Lake Norman

160 – Nigel Jones, T.C. Roberson

171 – Daniel Nevseta, Ardrey Kell

189 – Blake Baker, Alexander Central

215 – Harrison Honeycutt, Lake Norman

285 – Stephen Burns, Alexander Central

**Denotes Most Outstanding Wrestler


Anonymous said...

It would be great to list the four champions in each weight class who earn the spot to go to states next weekend!

Anonymous said...

That really stinks. You just listed the top wrestler in each division. You should have listed the four kids in each weight division that earned the right to go on to the state championship!

Anonymous said...

Since the Observer doesn't understand the significance of the regional tournament, here's the details for each of the finals matches and who advances to the state tournament.

Championship Finals
103: Cody Karns, Lake Norman DEC Michael Bedard, Ardrey Kell 5-3
112: Jeffrey Stevenson, Ardrey Kell DEC Quentez Phillips, West Mecklenburg 4-2
119: John Grigg, East Gaston DEC Joseph Acquarulo, Hopewell 5-1
125: Tom Puckett, Butler FALL Jeffrey Carothers, West Charlotte f 5:34
130: Hunter Hefner, Mooresville DEC Nick Rodrigues, Lake Norman 6-3 (3OT)
135: Jesse Grigg, East Gaston MAJOR Santonio Thompson, Mooresville 17-8
140: Dalton Cunningham, Butler DEC Brian Snyder, East Mecklenburg 4-1
145: Dalton Pierce, Mooresville DEC Mike Hayes, Lake Norman 11-9
152: Josh Smith, Lake Norman DEC JaThomas Williamson, West Charlotte 8-4
160: Nijel Jones, TC Roberson DEC Tyler Bruton, Mooresville 8-4
171: Daniel Nevseta, Ardrey Kell DEC Devin Potter, South Caldwell 5-0
189: Blake Baker, Alexander Central FALL Collin Foster, Lake Norman f 5:14
215: Harrison Honeycutt, Lake Norman MAJOR Kevin Markham, Alexander Central 13-4
285: Stephen Burns, Alexander Central FALL Devin McCrorey, West Mecklenburg f 4:09

Consolation Finals
103: Matthew Kamisol, TC Roberson DEC Jaryn Williams, Olympic 3-0
112: Alex Cabrera, South Caldwell DEFAULT Matt Krider, Mooresville Inj. Def.
119: Ivan Isaac, Alexander Central DEC Ryan Renfroe, Lake Norman 7-4
125: Ethan Henson, Watauga DEC Adam Rumfelt, Olympic 4-3
130: Alex Vesano, South Mecklenburg DEC Michael Basse, Ardrey Kell 6-3
135: Joe DiDonato, North Mecklenburg DEC Ramiro Ramos, TC Roberson 8-4
140: Alex Huynh, Mallard Creek TF Dillon Surface, Olympic tf 18-3
145: Drake Fortner, East Gaston MAJOR Nick Estes, Butler 12-3
152: Jacob Hensley, McDowell DEC Logan Adams, Alexander Central 7-5 (OT)
160: Jacob Francisco, Alexander Central DEFAULT Mike Rubino, Lake Norman Inj. Def.
171: Nathan Marsh, McDowell DEC Tyler Jones, TC Roberson 5-2
189: Tyler Radford, McDowell DEC Charlie Volz, South Caldwell 9-7 (OT)
215: Alex Glover, Mallard Creek DEC Zach Brown, Mooresville 6-1
285: Devon Moore, East Mecklenburg FALL Lyn Hickson, Olympic f 1:51

Anonymous said...

South Meck finished where in the conference tournament? Since they didn't run the regional, they couldn't manipulate the brackets or the scoring. What a pathetic performance in the regionals.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the Parade of Wrestling Champions who move on to the 2010 Individual Finals Wrestling States at the Greensboro Coliseum on Feb 26 and Feb 27.
40 wrestlers from 3 conferences from 13 schools will represent our Greater Charlotte (we are in the west region) in the 2010 NC States.

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and commitment. From this area 10 wrestlers from 4 schools in the 4A 2010 Southwest Conference move on:
4 from Ardrey Kell(Bedard,Basse,Stevenson,Nevseta);
3 from Butler(Puckett,Cunningham,Ester);
2 from East Meck(Synder, Moore);
1 from South Mecklenberg(Vesano)!
Good luck to these fine young men!

Next entry will summarize wrestlers from the other two conferences in the Greater Charlotte area but for now : Mega 7 Conference who sent 11 wrestlers from 4 schools and the I-Meck Conference who sent 19 wrestlers from 5 schools.

Anonymous said...

Hey you South Meck hater down there.. the only reason you felt the need to leave a comment bad mouthing South Meck is cause you wish you were a Sabre. South Meck plays by the rules and im sorry you have you don't feel the same way...

P.S. life isnt always about wins sir and i know first hand that the Sabre Wrestling team felt good about what they accomplished this season

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