Pack wrestlers claim program record

Published 5:19 pm Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Washington High School wrestlers claimed eight of 14 available titles at the Eastern Plains Conference individual meet Tuesday at Ayden-Grifton High School.
The Pam Pack claimed their 11the straight conference team title earlier this month and Tuesday’s meet was to determine the individual champion in each weight class.
WHS went 8-2 championship matches with two third place finishes and one fourth place finish.
“It’s the first time we’ve had eight conference champions since I’ve been here,” 11th year head-coach Chris Penhollow said. Tate (Tucker’s) opponent was ranked third in the state and Braxton (Woolard’s) guy was right up there also. They both wrestled hard against quality guys.”
Freshmen Sam Boltes (106) and Bryce Perry (113) claimed their first conference titles, while seniors Christian Price (120), Bryant Smith (157) and TraQuan Haywood (165) are repeat winners. Also claiming crowns were sophomores David B. Meza (138), Gabe Foreman (144) and Trenton Baldree (175).
“Meza’s guy (from Ayden-Grifton) was fifth in the state and David ran right through him,” Penhollow said. Baldree’s guy, also from Ayden-Grifton, pinned him twice during the regular, but Trenton wrestled a great match and pinned him this time. All of our guys wrestled really well and I think we are peaking at the right time.”
Woolard (126), Tucker (150) took second in their division, while Brennan Warren (132) and Cooper Johnson (190) were third. Tr’reion Hyman was fourth after he couldn’t wrestle the third place match because of injury.
Penhollow and his assistants were named the coaching staff of the year after the event.
“This is due entirely to the outstanding effort my assistants have given all year,” Penhollow said. “Carl Perry, Austin Coward, Cameron Boltes and Patrick Massie are the reason we’ve had such a great season so far. We don’t achieve what we do without all of them stepping up and contributing at a high level.”