State tournament Saturday update: Pack wrestlers earn four medals

Published 3:14 pm Saturday, February 17, 2024

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Four Washington High School wrestlers will have shiny new hardware to display when they return from the 2A state tournament in Greensboro. The question right now is what color Bryant Smith’s will be.
Smith, the East regional champion, wrestles later tonight for the 157 lb. state title against Mideast champion Cole Prichard of Morehead HS.
Smith is 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.