GREENSBORO - Forbush junior Storm Long highlighted five Yadkin County wrestlers’ showing at the 2A North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The junior opened the tourney with a surprising 8-3 upset win over Brandon Britt (Topsail) - the top seed from the East. He followed up the win with a hard-fought 7-5 decision over Andrews-T.W.’s Nicouzi Mitchell to advance to the semifinals.
Long stumbled and fell 5-2 in the semis to eventual champion Cody Walker from Cuthbertson to drop to the consolation bracket.
In the losers’ bracket, he pinned Thomasville’s Louis Depree in the first round to punch his ticket to the finals, setting up a rematch with Mitchell for the bronze medal.
Mitchell got revenge in the finals, edging Long 6-1 to send the junior a fourth-place finish.
Forbush’s Dylan Edwards picked up a win in the 195-pound bracket, but failed to reach the podium.
The junior topped East Lincoln’s Trenton Henderson 3-1 in overtime in the consolation bracket before losing his second match of the day to Bryce Baswell (Piedmont), 12-9,
Starmount’s trio of qualifiers struggled in the tournament, only picking up two combined wins.
Michael Wood recorded a pin of North Pitt’s Brian Staton in the losers’ bracket, but lost immediately after for the second time, ending his high school career.
Garrett Stokes picked up a win at 220, pinning Michael Eubanks (Durham School of the Arts) in just 48 seconds in the consolation bracket.
Sergio Sarinana went 0-2 at the tournament in his final matches.