Seven Lincoln County wrestlers qualified for the 2A state tournament after top-four finishes in their weight classes at the 2A West Regional championships at West Lincoln on Saturday.
West Lincoln senior Clay Alguire (138 lbs.) and sophomore Mack George (182 lbs.) were Lincoln County’s sole class champions and were the only state qualifiers for the Rebels in the two-day tournament. East Lincoln is sending four wrestlers to the state tournament, which runs from Thursday through Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Lincolnton’s Nick Hatchett was the Wolves’ lone state qualifier in the 195-lb. weight class.
“(Alguire and George) were both seeded No. 1 but when you get in tough competition like that anything can happen,” West Lincoln head coach Butch Ross said. “I knew they had it in them to win it. But it was a pretty nerve-wracking two days to get there.”
Alguire was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament.
“We wrestled well overall,” Ross said. “We would like to have had more wrestlers get through but we had kids who were within one match of qualifying. Everyone on our team that was at the tournament won at least one match to help score points for the team. I’m pretty pleased to have placed that high in the regionals with how young we are.”
West Lincoln finished seventh in the 23-team field overall. East Lincoln finished ninth, Lincolnton finished 14th and North Lincoln finished 19th.
East Lincoln’s James Daniel finished third in the 126-lb. weight class. Moses Boyter took fourth at 145 lbs., Jeremy Tarleton finished third at 170 lbs. and Trenton Henderson took third at 195 lbs.
The wrestlers have three days to prepare for a 5 p.m. weigh-in on Thursday.
“We’ll practice the same way we always do,” Ross said. “We’ll have some other schools come in to practice with us. They let you do that during the regional week. Some more qualifiers will come up and we’ll practice.”