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Randolph County sends 36 to state championship

Asheboro High School
*Featured Photo: Asheboro qualifying wrestlers. Michael Smith (left), Luis Mena (middle), Sam Voncannon (right)

Wrestlers from across the state with descend upon the Greensboro Coliseum this week for the 2018-2019 NCHSAA State Championships. Randolph County will be well represented at this weekend’s NCHSAA State Wrestling Championships as 36 county wrestlers placed at regionals. Uwharrie Charter Academy led the way with ten wrestlers followed by Trinity with eight. Randleman and Wheatmore each send five wrestlers with Eastern Randolph and Southwestern Randolph each sending two. Providence Grove will be represented by one wrestler.

Randolph County had seven wrestlers earn first place at their respective regionals over the weekend: Hayden Waddell (UCA), Isaiah Martin (UCA), Michael Smith (Asheboro), Sam Voncannon (Asheboro), Ethan Oakley (Wheatmore), David Makupson (Trinity), and Jermell Brockington (Trinity). Of the 36 wrestlers attending the state championships, three are previous state champions with two looking to defend their titles from last year.

Uwharrie Charter senior Hayden Waddell is a two-time defending state champion and will be looking to defend his crown in his final state championship. Asheboro senior Michael Smith claimed victory last year and will be looking to end his season as a two-time state champion. Wheatmore junior Ethan Oakley won the state championship two years while at Providence Grove and will be looking to reclaim his title after falling in the finals of last years championship.

The state championships will run Thursday, February 14th through Saturday, February 16th at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. A schedule for the event can be found by clicking the button at the bottom of the article.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the Randolph County wrestlers!

1A Wrestlers

Heaven Fitch, UCA
Josh Poteat, UCA
Hayden Waddell, UCA
Timmy Blake, UCA
Shane Cuda, UCA
Caleb Bryant, UCA
Jerry Jimenez, UCA
Isaiah Martin, UCA
Jaime Bernal, UCA
Sergio Saldana, UCA

2A Wrestlers

David Makupson, Trinity
Aaron Ortega-Perez, Trinity
Colby Short, Trinity
Alex Minish, Trinity
Logan Merrill, Trinity
Jermell Brockington, Trinity
Sebastian Talent, Trinity
Ayden Prevatte, Trinity
Cameron Hinson, Wheatmore
Seth Miller, Wheatmore
Conner Nelson, Wheatmore
Ethan Oakley, Wheatmore
Joey Ferguson, Wheatmore
Steven Trim, Randleman
Hirbin Ramos, Randleman
Kevin Cruz, Randleman
Caedmon Trivette, Randleman
Luis Garcia, Randleman
Morgan York, Eastern Randolph
Shyheed Wheeler-Nave, Eastern Randolph
David Varner, Providence Grove

3A Wrestlers

Michael Smith, Asheboro
Sam Voncannon, Asheboro
Luis Mena, Asheboro
Zach Brim, Southwestern Randolph
Jordan Castro, Southwestern Randolph

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