Entering the wrestling regional championships, East Lincoln’s Moses Boyter and West Lincoln’s Charles Mack George had the 2A West’s best winning percentage in their respective weight classes.
Both lived up to the hype.
Boyter and George won the NCHSAA 2A West individual regional wrestling title of their respective weight class on Sunday at Black Mountain Owen High, giving each his second regional title of his prep wrestling career.
Boyter captured the regional championship in the 145-pound weight class while George took the title at 195. Both were the regional’s top seed in their classes.
Boyter, a senior, won the 132-pound championship two years ago as a sophomore while George, a junior, won the 182-pound championship last season.
Boyter (24-4) defeated Blake Ward of Smoky Mountain by tech fall in the first round and West Lincoln’s Billy Goble by tech fall in the second on Saturday. On Sunday, he beat Jordan Speaks of Bunker Hill by a 6-0 decision in the semifinals and West Caldwell’s David Dennison by tech fall in the championship bout.
On Saturday, George (53-0) beat Kameron Hawk of Shelby by default in the first round, and Jeff Tuckey of Bandys by tech fall in the second. He beat London Phillips of Chase with a 7-3 decision in the semifinals, then won the title by tech fall over Brian Goodson of Hunter Huss.
Jake Clary of West Lincoln finished second at 106. His only loss was in the title bout to Austin Neal of R-S Central by an 11-3 decision.
West Lincoln’s Andres Gonzalez finished fourth at 285.
The top four in each weight class qualify for the state tournament, which will be held Thursday-Saturday at UNC-Greensboro.
Sunday’s results from the 3A Midwest regionals, which included North Lincoln, had not been updated on the NCHSAA website as of press time.