12/05/11 — Aycock, Rosewood and Eastern Wayne grapplers fare well

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Aycock, Rosewood and Eastern Wayne grapplers fare well

By From staff reports
Published in Sports on December 5, 2011 1:48 PM

Charles B. Aycock, Rosewood and Eastern Wayne each recorded a top-four team finish during individual tournament action contested this weekend at three different venues in eastern North Carolina.

The Golden Falcons placed third at the Grant Wilder Invitational, which was hosted by Rocky Mount. The Eagles traveled to Bethel and ended up third in the annual Pierce-Davis Memorial, while the Warriors traveled to Morrisville and claimed fourth overall in the Green Hope Invitational.

Rosewood junior Nick Quillen earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors and emerged the team's lone gold medalist with a first-place performance in the 126-pound class. Quillen pinned all three opponents and did not surrender a point.

Angel Jaramillo and Chris Lane turned in runner-up efforts at 113 and 120 pounds, respectively. Quadre Ayers and Jacob Guthrie captured the bronze medals (third place) at 152 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.

Samuel Drew (132 pounds) and 170-pounder Carlos Mata each posted a 2-2 record. Teammates Jacob Holliday, Jason Hilbert and Evan Reiss each won one individual bout.

"Sam wrestled some of the most-exciting matches of the day and built a tremendous amount of confidence," said Rosewood head coach Bill Edmundson. "As a coach, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the hard work in the practice room paying off for an athlete on the mat."

Eastern Wayne had just nine wrestlers compete on the day.

Brice Heller (106 pounds), Austin Helm (152), Jamel Barrett (195) and 220-pounder Brett Chapman each logged a 2-2 worksheet on the day. Warren Kirkwood, Craig Smith, Quadrick Williams and heavyweight Terrell Blake each ended the day 1-2.

"It was a good building day for Eastern Wayne wrestling, that's for sure," said Warriors head coach Jonathan Jones. "Our younger wrestlers stepped up and scored a lot of points for us. To finish fourth as a team, that's not bad at all.

"We had some pretty decent schools there, solid schools that put out several state qualifiers every year. The boys did well."

Senior Daniel Romo boosted his record to 9-0 overall and emerged the 130-pound champion for the Golden Falcons. Khaleil Owens and Charlie Mills ended up second at 160 and 138 pounds, respectively.

David Romo (126) and Preston Tucker (145) each placed third in their respective weight classes. Teammates Zach Howard (106), Nick Jones (113), Jordan Bailey (120) and Jorge Flores (220) each recorded a fourth-place finish.

"We are extremely pleased with placing in nine weight classes," said Aycock head coach Marc Peck. "This was a great test for us as many of the regional's best (wrestlers) were there."

All three teams are scheduled to wrestle dual matches this weekend and compete in the 16th annual Eagle Invitational on Saturday at Rosewood.