Smith takes sixth in Greensboro

Published 8:12 am Sunday, February 19, 2023

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Washington High School junior Bryant Smith finished sixth in the 152 lb. class in the 2A state wrestling tournament in Greensboro.

Smith, the East regional champion, won his first two matches to advance to the semifinals, but dropped a hard-fought 2-0 decision to Hendersonville’s Dennis Waters. He lost a 5-1 decision to a Bandys to end up sixth.

The top six wrestlers in each class earned All-State honors.

Smith pinned his Providence Grove opponent in the first round and advanced to the semi-finals with a decision over a Wilkes Central foe in the second round, before falling in the semi-finals.

Freshman Gabe Foreman (138 lb.) bounced back from a first round loss to win his next two matches, but lost in consolation round Saturday morning.

Elsewhere freshmen Tate Tucker and David B. Meza lost their first two matches, while juniors Christian Price didn’t make weight and TraQuon Haywood couldn’t wrestle after violating team rules.

Junior Braxton Woolard won his first match in the 120 lb. division, then lost to a Trinity opponent, which put him in the consolation bracket. He lost his second consolation match to end his season.

Northside’s Javion O’Neal and Southside’s Elyjaih Baldwin both lost their first two matches in the 1A tournament.