Five wrestlers from the Wilkes high schools—including 2A Midwest Region champion Tyler Holland of Wilkes Central—qualified for state tournaments by finishing fourth or better at three regional tournaments held Tuesday.
Holland, a junior who is unbeaten at 20-0 this season, won by second-period pin over East Lincoln’s Devean Huskey in the 113-pound championship final at Mount Pleasant High School. He was also a state qualifier in 2020.
Holland fought his way into the finals with a win by fall over Lexington’s Andres Couto, a first-period pin over Salisbury’s Wanya Bembry and a fall over South Point’s Ryley Goble with only 13 seconds left in their semifinal match.
"There were three undefeated wrestlers at 113, and Tyler pinned every opponent," noted Wade Collins, Central's coach. "He is wrestling better now than anyone I’ve coached."
West Wilkes junior Alex Roland finished runner-up at 285 pounds, competing in the 2A West Region event at Pisgah High School. Roland, who is 14-3 this year and a state qualifier in 2020, lost a tight 6-5 decision to Newton-Conover’s Ryan Walker in the finals.
West’s Riley Shaw finished third at 106 to also qualify for the 2A state tourney on Saturday, June 26, at Wheatmore High School in Trinity. Shaw, a junior, is 18-2 this season.
In 1A West Region action at Robbinsville High School, Zac Helms and Kole Lambert of East Wilkes qualified for state by finishing third at 132 and 138 pounds, respectively.
Other Eagles with victories on Tuesday were Jordan Jarvis at 170 and Joey Jarvis at 220.
Jordan Jarvis won by second-period fall in his opening match with Tyjai Johnson of East Lincoln. Jarvis lost in the quarterfinals after getting pinned by Surry Central’s Karson Crouse with only 16 seconds left in their match.
Joey Jarvis received a bye in the first round but got pinned in the first round of the quarterfinals by Adam Massey of East Gaston.
Also at Mount Pleasant, North Wilkes senior Trent Dillard won by fall over Wilkes Central’s Erik Lomeli in the 160-pound opening round. Dillard was pinned by the host school’s Dalton Miller at 37 seconds into their quarterfinal bout.
North’s Calvin Transeau received a first-round bye at 285 but then lost by fall in the first period of his quarterfinal matchup against East Lincoln’s Trent Smith.
Helms, a freshman with a 21-5 record, won by second-period fall over Andrews’ Sylas Abernethy and then pinned North Stokes’ Clayton Utt in the final period of their quarterfinal match. He was pinned by Avery County’s Ethan Shell at 27 seconds into their semifinal bout.
In the third-place match at 132, Helms took a second-period fall over Adam Cotteman of Swain County.
Lambert, a junior who is 15-5, opened with a 45-second pin of Mitchell’s Carson Phillips. He won by fall over Mt. Airy’s Avery Poindexter with just two seconds left in the opening period of their quarterfinal match.
Lambert lost by 5-0 decision to Rosman’s Cole Combs in the semifinals but atoned with a third-period pin of Starmount’s Cole Nixon for third place at 138.
Other Cardinals with a win at Robbinsville were Alan Lopez (bye at 106), Chandlar Luffman (fall 0:36 over Bessemer City’s Jadon Norman) and Hunter Caudill (fall 1:38 over Murphy’s Brad Simmons).
The 1A state tournament will be held Saturday, June 26, at Glenn High School in Kernersville.