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5 of 7 locals win first round state matches


Lincoln County made a good showing in the first round of the NCHSAA individual state wrestling championships.
Five of the seven wrestlers competing won their opening-round matches in Greensboro on Thursday, and will begin the next round today.
Jake Clary of West Lincoln advanced in the 106-pound 2A bracket with a 7-1 decision over Nathan Oakley of Climax Providence Grove.
West Lincoln’s Robbie Hallman won his opening match in the 113-pound bracket with a 10-4 decision over South Lenoir’s Nate Zeagler.
East Lincoln’s lone participant, Moses Boyter, tech falled Davis Blivin of Croatan in 4:28 to advance in the 145-pound bracket.
West Lincoln’s Charles Mack George stayed undefeated on the year with a 9-3 decision over North Pitt’s Brian Staton.
Both North Lincoln wrestlers competing in the 3A classification dropped their first round matches. Patrick Holden was tech falled by Payton Mills of Morehead in the 182-pound class, and Jimmy Scott dropped a 9-4 decision to Tyler Evers of Fayetteville Sanford.
The second day of the double-elimination tournament began today at 9 a.m. The championship matches will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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