Hibriten wrestlers take 2nd at tournament
Hibriten’s wrestling team finished second, and South Caldwell placed fourth in the Freedom Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday in Morganton.
The Panthers tallied 109 points, tying Crest for the runner-up position behind tournament champion Newton-Conover, which massed 212.5 points to claim the victory. The Red Devils claimed five individual titles and a pair of runner-up finishes to earn the tournament win.
South Caldwell and host Freedom shared third place with 107.5 points each, while Kings Mountain placed sixth with 83. Chase was seventh with 77.5 points, with Draughn rounding out the teams with 74.5.
Hibriten placed three wrestlers in the finals, and five more reached the consolation round.
Jacob Copper came away with the title in the 195-pound weight class for Hibriten with a 16-7 major decision over Freedom’s Joseph Jose. Hunter Penley reached the 182-pound final but settled for second place after dropping a 13-2 major decision to Kings Mountain’s Jonathan Clark. Cory Correll also was a runner-up at 132, reaching the finals before suffering a 13-4 major decision loss to Franklin Wepner of Newton-Conover.
Like Hibriten, South Caldwell sent three wrestlers to the finals and came away with a pair of individual titles, while four other grapplers competed in the consolation bracket.
Sean Faro breezed through the 145-pound weight class and pinned Keith Hicks of Freedom to earn a title, while Cameron Chapman used an 11-7 decision over Markel Hemphill of Kings Mountain to win the 160 class. Will Barlow made his way to the 106 finals but placed second after dropping a 10-0 major decision to Crest’s Matt Strickland.
Ethan Trivette (106) and Jonathan Minton (285) both finished third for Hibriten, while Brylan Teague (120), Daquan Suddreth (160) and Germaine Davenport (170) posted fourth-place finishes.
Ryan Oxford was third in the 132 class for the Spartans, with Zach Laws (145), Jake Maris (152) and Lance Blevins (285) all finishing fourth.
Hibriten is scheduled to wrestle at home Tuesday against West Caldwell and Wilkes Central. South Caldwell also will be home Tuesday when Ashe County, Freedom and Mallard Creek visit Sawmills.
Heritage bounces back
Heritage Christian School bounced back from dropping a pair of varsity games Thursday to claim two home wins on Friday.
In the boys’ game, Heritage posted a 54-36 home win over Christian Family Academy. The Eagles built a 30-17 halftime lead en route to the victory.
Elijah Reece led the way with 18 points, while Cameron Kirkman added 12 points and seven assists.
Brayden Adams led CFA with 12 points.
In the girls’ contest, Heritage blanked CFA 12-0 in the third period to stretch a 15-7 lead to 27-7 on the way to claiming a 41-14 triumph. MacKenzie Carroll had 14 points for Heritage with Cathryn Clark chipping in 10.
CFA posted a 50-27 win in the junior varsity game behind Nathan Broome’s 27 points. Griffin Taylor had 10 points to pace Heritage.
Heritage will be at home Tuesday to face Temple Christian School of Asheville in varsity play. The next junior varsity game will be Dec. 14 at Vandalia Christian School in Greensboro.