UCA, Trinity open strong in state duals

Trinity’s Casey Hohn, top, works against West Wilkes’ Holt Hanchey during the first round of the Class 2-A dual team state tournament Monday at Trinity.

Wrestling teams from Uwharrie Charter Academy in Class 1-A and Trinity in Class 2-A advanced through the first two rounds of the dual team state tournament.

UCA and Trinity were both home teams for the first and second rounds Monday.

These teams moved on to third- and potentially fourth-round meets Wednesday. The winning teams from that advance to the state finals. The goal is to make it to Saturday’s championship meets at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum complex.

UCA (33-0) notched victories against Neuse Charter and South Davidson, which reached the second round by topping Bradford Prep. For UCA, it was a forfeit against Neuse Charter, which chose not to compete, and then a 45-36 outcome against South Davidson.

UCA will compete Wednesday against Pamlico County at Rosewood in the third round. The winner stays for a fourth-round matchup against the winner of the Rosewood-Thomasville meet.

Trinity (21-1) had its way by stomping West Wilkes 50-18 and then turning away traditional state power Eden Morehead by 54-21.

Trinity next takes on Newton-Conover, while West Region top seed Bandys and West Lincoln collide in the other third-round meet at Bandys.

Three other teams from Randolph County fell in the first round Monday.

In Class 3-A, Asheboro dropped a 34-31 matchup to West Rowan in the North Henderson gym.

Seven wrestlers for Asheboro won matches, with Xavier Santos (113), Yu Chen (138), Christian Diaz (152), Luke Lambeth (160), Logan Lambeth (182), Eduardo Soto-Canas (220) and Arhman Tyson (285) coming out on top.

The Blue Comets (25-5) had won the Mid-Piedmont Conference regular season, but they stalled right away in the postseason team competition.

In Class 2-A, Southwestern Randolph (14-11) tumbled by a 66-21 score against host Rutherford-Spindale Central.

In Class 1-A, Eastern Randolph (1-19) was drubbed 52-6 by host Pamlico County. The lone winner for the Wildcats was 126-pounder Adrian Lopez. Pamlico County then eliminated South Stanly.

By Randolph Record