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David Romo earns gold medal, C.B. Aycock claims 2nd overall

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on January 9, 2012 1:48 PM

PIKEVILLE -- Back-to-back champion.

But this one was a little tougher to get.

Senior David Romo won his second consecutive individual championship during the 12th annual Falcon Invitational, and helped Charles B. Aycock claim runner-up honors in the team portion of the exhausting, day-long event.

Rocky Mount seized the team crown with a 145-141.5 triumph over the Golden Falcons, and emerged just the fifth different school to win the invitational since its inception in 2000. Perennial powerhouse North Pitt captured third with 139.5 points, followed by Wilson Hunt (137) and second-year program Corinth-Holders (131).

Eastern Wayne took ninth.

Overall, 11 of 14 grapplers protected their respective No. 1 seed and 150-plus wrestlers dueled for 42 medals in the 14 weight classes combined.

"With four starters out, we are pleased with the team result," said third-year CBA head coach Marc Peck. "Individually, we made a couple of critical mistakes in some of our semifinal matches, which will prove a valuable lesson learned not to be repeated when we get to the regionals."

Romo, the No. 3 seed at 126 pounds, started his gold-medal run with a 41-second fall over Fike's Quamel Pearce in second-round action. He scored back-to-back pins over Rocky Mount's Tyler Brown and Bunn's Clifton White. He squeezed out a 1-0 victory over Corinth's Cam Brewer, the No. 1 seed, in the title match.

Romo improved to 27-3 this season.

The gold-medal performance helped Peck's team accomplish its pre-invitational goal of eight placers. Khaleil Owens emerged the runner-up at 160 pounds. Daniel Romo (132), Charlie Mills (138), Preston Tucker (145) and 220-pounder Jorge Flores each took third in their respective weight classes.

Zack Howard and Jordan Bailey secured fourth place at 106 and 120 pounds, respectively.

"We look forward to the challenge we face next Saturday at the Firebird Duals as we will face some of the best programs in the state," said Peck.

Eastern Wayne 152-pounder Austin Helm and 182-pounder Jamal Barrett ended the day tied for the team lead with 28 individual wins apiece. Each took home a bronze medal (third place) in their respective weight class, while Quadrick Williams ended up fourth at 160.

Craig Smith turned in a 3-2 worksheet at 138 pounds. Brice Heller started out strong at 106 pounds, including a 17-second fall over South Central's Daquan Wade in the opening round. A second-year starter, Heller pinned Aycock's Howard in quarterfinal-round action, but finished the day 2-2 after getting pinned by Howard in the consolation bracket.