NCHSAA

Wrestlers qualify for state championships

February 19, 2014 

Patrick Tomasic made history Sunday by becoming the first Voyager Academy wrestler to win an N.C. High School Athletics Association regional and was joined in the record books by three other Vikings who qualified for this week's state championships.

Tomasic won the 132-pound weight class at the NCHSAA 1A East Regional at Goldsboro's Rosewood High School. Travis Bramigk was the runner-up at 120 pounds, while Ronald Whitt (106 pounds) and Benjamin Ammons (195) finished in fourth place to earn spots in the NCHSAA state championships Thursday-Friday-Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The four Vikings are the first state qualifiers in Voyager program history, coach Wilson Diaz said.

Seeded No. 4 in the regional, Tomasic won his first two bouts Sunday with a pin and a 15-0 decision before facing No. 1 Samuel Drew of host Rosewood. Tomasic decisioned Drew 5-2 and then won a dramatic 3-2 decision over No. 2 seeded Matthew Harkins of West Montgomery to win the regional title.

Bramigk advanced with a bye and two pins before losing 2-0 in the 120 finals to Bradley Harms of Chatham Central.

Whitt and Ammons both reached the semifinals of their weight classes before getting bumped into the consolation bracket, where they reached the finals and qualified for the state championships.

Only the top four in each regional get to advance to Greensboro.

In the 3A Mideast Regional held Sunday on the home floor of state dual-team champion at Eden Morehead, Southern Durham’s James Taylor was one of several Big Eight Conference wrestlers to qualify. Taylor (24-3) reached the finals of the 195-pound weight class to earn his spot in Greensboro.

Orange will be sending eight wrestlers to states, where they’ll be joined by three members of Northwood’s team and two from Chapel Hill.

In the 4A Midwest regional, held Sunday at Northwest Guilford, Jordan and Riverside each qualified three wrestlers for the state championships.

Riverside's 160-pound Jaquon Sowell tied for first place at the regional, where organizers opted to end the bouts after the top four places were decided. Sowell, seeded No. 3 at his weight, felled Jordan's Michael Cobb in the first round and then won two decisions to reached the 160 finals with a 33-2 overall record.

Riverside's Noah Jacobs (113 pounds) and Araad Sarrami (195) reached the regional semifinals to qualify.

Jordan's Micah Marcin (145), Kaleel Gainey (182) and Courtland Parker (285) each likewise reached the semifinals of their classes and will head to Greensboro with more than 30 wins this season.

Durham School of the Arts sophomores Diego Terron and Jakeem Brooks qualified for this week's championships with their performances in the 2A Mideast regional.

The fifth-seeded Terron (29-18) finished in second place Sunday at Trinity's Wheatmore High School,

Terron pinned his first two opponents in the 160-pound bracket before accepting an injury default from top-seeded Derrick Weeks of Siler City's Jordan-Matthews. Terron then fell in the 160 final to No. 2-seeded Lauren Zimmerman of host Wheatmore.

Brooks (22-15), seeded No. 6 going into the regional, ended up in third place. He pinned his first two opponents before getting pinned in the semifinals by eventual champion Austin Brogden of South Granville. Brooks then won two straight bouts in the consolation bracket to get third.

DSA juniors Jairo Fernandez (120 pounds) and Jahmel McLaughlin (170) barely missed qualifying for the state championships with fifth-place finishes Sunday.

McLaughlin, unseeded, reached the regional semifinals before getting bumped into the consolation bracket, where he fell to fourth-place finisher CarlosVela of Randleman.

Fernandez, seeded sixth, won in the first two rounds at Wheatmore, then lost a 3-0 decision to eventual regional runnerup George Carpenter of Carrboro.

Fernandez then won his initial bout in the consolation rounds before losing an agonizingly close 4-3 decision to fourth-place winner Austin Minish of Wheatmore.

DSA's unseeded Saquan Hart likewise made it to the consolation semifinals before he lost to Tracy Cunningham of Clinton.

Patrick Tomasic made history Sunday by becoming the first Voyager Academy wrestler to win an N.C. High School Athletics Association regional and was joined in the record books by three other Vikings who qualified for this week's state championships.

Tomasic won the 132-pound weight class at the NCHSAA 1A East Regional at Goldsboro's Rosewood High School. Travis Bramigk was the runner-up at 120 pounds, while Ronald Whitt (106 pounds) and Benjamin Ammons (195) finished in fourth place to earn spots in the NCHSAA state championships Thursday-Friday-Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The four Vikings are the first state qualifiers in Voyager program history, coach Wilson Diaz said.

Only the top four in each regional get to advance to the state championships.

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