Carolina-4 Rivers 1-A Championships
By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on February 7, 2011 1:47 PM
PRINCETON -- Rosewood checked off two more goals on its "to-do" list during the season-ending, Carolina/4 Rivers 1-A Conference wrestling tournament contested Saturday.
Nine grapplers walked away with individual championships, and the Eagles captured an unprecedented 16th consecutive team crown with a 277-point performance. All 14 Rosewood participants finished among the top three in their respective weight classes.
Ayden-Grifton ended up a distant second with 188 points, followed by Goldsboro (80), Princeton (76) and Manteo (35).
"Our coaching staff could not have been happier with the performance of our team on Saturday," said Eagles head coach Bill Edmundson. "It was, by far, the best effort and best all-around tournament we have had in many years. We were able to check off two additional goals ... (have) at least seven individual champions and team champions.
"We exceeded that goal."
Wrestlers in the 14 weight classes competed in a round-robin style format. None of the divisions were full and some classes had as few as three competitors.
Rosewood received gold-medal efforts from Angel Jaramillo (112 pounds), Chris Lane (119), Nick Quillen (125), Zach Behrend (130), Quadre Ayers (135), Josh Pipkin (160), Jamie Wooten (171), Taylor McGill (189) and 215-pounder Jacob Guthrie.
Jacob Holliday, Brandon Bragg and Tyler Dean each seized a silver medal. Bradley Mills and heavyweight Bobbe Semler each collected a bronze medal.
"I truly believe that conditioning and our grueling schedule made the difference in most of these matches (today)," said Edmundson. "We have guys with over 50 matches this year already, and when you've only been on the mat 15 times or so, that makes a huge difference."
Jamelle James, Kevin Taylor and Elijah Slater each turned in runner-up performances for Goldsboro. Teammates Maurice Yelverton and Devin Crim each recorded a bronze medal.
Princeton's James Hawley claimed the heavyweight championship. Fellow Bulldogs Cody Pope, Forrest Stewart, Patrick Norris, Dillon Pace and Alan Fader also secured either silver or bronze medals on the day.
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