Smith finishes second in state wrestling meet

Published 8:50 pm Saturday, February 17, 2024

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Senior Bryant Smith came up short in his bid to become Washington High School’s first state championship wrestler since 2011.
Cole Prichard of Morehead HS in Eden pinned Smith to claim 2A 157 lb. championship.
Smith finished the season 43-5, while Prichard finished 41-3.
Smith was trying to become the Pack’s first title winner since Marquin Hill claimed the 285 lb. title in 2011 after winning it in 2010 as well. Justin Moore was the 171 lb. champ also in 2010 and Russ Chesson won three straight titles in lower weight classes in from 1995-97.
Earlier Saturday, sophomore Gabe Foreman claimed third place in the 144 lb. division with a pin over his West Wilkes opponent after pinning his Heide-Trask opponent to advance.
Freshmen Sam Boltes (106) and Bryce Perry (113) finished fifth. Bottes pinned his Forbush HS opponent, while Perry collected a 4-0 decision over a Mt. Pleasant wrestler.
Sophomore David B. Meza lost a 6-4 decision in the consolation third round Saturday morning.
In all, 11 WHS wrestlers competed in the state tournament.