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West Stanly wrestlers advance to state finals

In the 2A Midwest Wrestling Regionals last weekend at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, West Stanly advanced a number of wrestlers into the 2A state finals.

Aidan Hiott won the regional title at 152 pounds for the Colts. Entering regionals with an 18-0 record, Hiott had a bye in the first round and then won a 9-1 majority decision over Mount Pleasant’s Ryan Barley. The West senior advanced to the regional finals with a 4-1 decision versus Jacob Price of Surry Central. Hiott won the regional title over East Lincoln’s Caleb Hines (21-3) with a 6-1 decision.

At 132 pounds, Bryson Whitley placed fourth after getting a pinfall in 1:12 over Lexington’s Luis De La Cruz and a 9-1 majority decision versus West Stokes’ Landon Neal. Whitley lost in the semifinals 5-2 to second-place finisher Jorden Scholossman of North Lincoln, then lost in the third-place match 4-1 to Bandys’ Bryson Burkett.

Andrew Becker earned fourth place for West at 220 pounds with a bye in the first round and a 2:42 pinfall in the second round against Surry Central’s Enoch Lopez. Becker lost by disqualification in the semifinals and lost the third-place match by forfeit.

The 2A state finals will be Saturday with an 8 a.m. weigh-in at Wheatmore High School in Trinity.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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