5 Pam Pack wrestlers earn bid to states

Published 4:55 pm Monday, February 12, 2018

NEWPORT — Drew Ferguson placed first in the 182-pound class at the 2-A eastern-regional championships this past weekend. Carson Asby and Logan Nichols earned second at 126 and 220 pounds, respectively. Henry Jennings (138) finished third, and Mitchell Cobb (170) placed fourth.

With that, Washington will be sending five wrestlers to represent it at the state championships in Greensboro this weekend.

Four others came within a match of earning a bid to Greensboro.

Ferguson, after earning a first-round bye, beat Southwest Onslow’s Carlos Lopez by fall in the quarterfinal. He advanced to the first-place match after topping Dixon’s Andrew Edens via major decision, 9-1. He won gold thanks to a 5-2 decision over Croatan’s Kyle Kort.

Asby made his way to the semifinal after consecutive pins. He fell to undefeated Jeremiah Derby, of First Flight, in the championship match. Nichols also picked up two pins en route to the championship bout, but fell to Currituck County’s Albert Harris.

Jennings made it to the semifinal at 138 pounds, but lost a close decision, 10-8, to Northeastern’s Jonathan Ward. He rebounded to top a representative from former 2-A Eastern Plains Conference foe Farmville Central. That punched his ticket to the third-place match, where he downed Croatan’s Colton Sullivan via major decision, 12-0.

Cobb fell in the quarterfinals to Croatan’s Walker Gladwell. He bounced back to win back-to-back consolation rounds: decisions over familiar opponents in North Pitt’s Cameron Jones and Greene Central’s Marco Pangalo. He edged Brandon Shene, of Richlands, in an overtime bout, but fell to Gladwell in the third-place match.

Brodie Moore, Gavin Woolard, Dylan Modlin and Christian Whitney made it as far as the consolation semifinals.

The state championships will begin Thursday in Greensboro. All 2-A wrestlers will weigh in at 6:30 p.m. before beginning the first round at 8 p.m. The event will conclude Saturday.