Garcia wins COY, Panthers and Seahawks bring home medals

Published 7:32 am Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Northside and Southside wrestlers earned multiple medals at the Coastal Plains Conference meet at East Carteret High School Saturday and the Panther’s Daniel Garcia was named Coach of the Year.
The meet crowned conference champions in each of the 14 weight classes and Northside brought back three first place gold medals, while Southside had a pair of second-place silver medals.
The league’s coaches recognized Garcia’s efforts in expanding the Panthers third-year program into a consistent winner that has developed depth in most weight divisions this winter.
“it means a lot because the other coaches see the progress we’ve made,” Garcia said. “We were dead last the first year and brought home the most medals we’ve ever won this year. It reinforces that the way we do things works and is effective. I appreciate it very much and am proud of the effort our kids have given this season.”
Senior Jacob Robert finished first in the 113 lb. class with a pin of his Lejeune opponent in the title match. Junior Rylan Paul pinned his Heide Trask opponent to take the 138 lb. crown and Lauren Rouse won the girls 165/185 title.
“All three of them wrestled well and it’s the second straight title for Jacob,” Garcia said. “They dominated their matches and have improved a lot since the season started.”
Faithful Fulcher (126), Austin Frazier (157) and Gus Vansant (175) finished second, while Morgan Lewis 132), Christopher Alonso-Burgos (165) and Davis Polk (150) finished fourth.
Sophomore Jonathan Salas led Southside with a second place finish in the 190 division, while freshman Victoria Hombrig was second in the girls 107 lb. class. Gavin Cutler (126) and Brian Salinas (215) won bronze medals for third place, while Kaden Miller (120), Mason Hodges (157) and Landon Beachem (285) were fourth.