Oscar Smith wins WRAL Wrestling title, Cape Fear’s Wilson named top wrestler
A total of 31 teams gathered at Athens Drive High School this weekend for the 47th annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament, but it wasn’t a North Carolina team that took home the top honors.
Oscar Smith (Va.) won the team title in convincing fashion, having secured the honor before the championship round even started.
The Tigers posted a team score of 253.5, well ahead of runner-up Laney, which recorded a team score of 183.5. Laney outpaced Cape Fear for second place with two championship performances in the 106-pound and 170-pound weight classes. Cape Fear finished with a score of 180.
Rosewood and Cave Spring (Va.) rounded out the top five in the team standings with scores of 151.5 and 150.5 respectively.
Two Oscar Smith wrestlers made their way to the championship round. Jaden Bullock won a 7-5 decision over Fike’s Aaron Bancroft to win the 160-pound championship while teammate Isaac Hudson was pinned by Laney’s Cael Willis just 38 seconds into the 170-pound championship.
Willis wasn’t the only Laney wrestler to win a championship at the WRAL Wrestling Tournament either. Mark Samuel started the championship round with a 106-pound title with a 6-0 decision against North Brunswick’s Joey Panas.
Two Laney wrestlers took home second place finishes. Connor Johnson fell to Rosewood’s Timothy Decatur in the 132-pound championship. Decatur nearly won with a technical fall but had to settle for a 14-0 major decision. Marcus Mondragon was another Laney runner-up. Mondragon lost to Cape Fear’s Dallas Wilson in the 138-pound championship with an 18-3 technical fall.
Wilson was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the event. The junior is 19-0 on the season now.
Including Willis’ win over Hudson in the 170-pound championship, four of the championships were decided on falls. Millbrook’s Holden Cypher won the 182-pound championship with a pin against Joseph Speight of Fike at the 1:10 mark. Bobby James of Rolesville pinned Jatavian Hart of Riverside at the 2:49 mark to win the 195-pound championship. And South Central senior Jerell Belcher pinned Heritage’s Joseph Vickers at the 2:00 mark to win the 220-pound championship.
Cleveland’s Dakota Marquess won the award for most falls in the tournament with five. Rolesville won the team sportsmanship award.
Here are the championship results for each weight class (Click the link to watch the full championship round that weight class)