Lowery finishes 2nd at wrestling championships
GREENSBORO – Mitchell High School wrestler Dylan Lowery finished second in the state in the 120-pound weight division this past weekend at the 2019 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Individual Wrestling Championships.
The Mountaineers finished 10th overall as a team, with Lowery leading the way, finishing as state runner-up to three-time state champion Hayden Wadell of Uwharrie Charter.
“Overall I’m pretty pleased,” said Ed Duncan, Mitchell head wrestling coach. “Of course, we had hoped for better results all the way around, we always go into everything with the expectation of winning, so there’s a little disappointment because when you get to state your only three matches away from winning a championship.”
In the championship quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 15, Lowery (39-3) defeated Granville Central’s David Garcia. Later Friday in the championship semifinals Lowery won by fall over Timothy Freeze of South Davidson to advance to Saturday’s championship match.
“Dylan had a great tournament,” Duncan said. “He is our only returning state qualifier, and I expect him to continue doing great things next year.”
Mitchell’s other two state qualifiers, Israel Maltba (145 pounds) and Hudson Boone (285 pounds) won matches and finished in top six in the state.
Maltba lost a 4-2 decision to Uwharrie Charter’s Caleb Bryant in Friday’s championship quarterfinals before winning in the consolation first round Saturday by major decision over Johnny Dotson of South Stokes. Maltba later lost by fall in the consolation first round to Lejeune’s Keegan McDonough.
“Israel had a tough first-round opponent,” Duncan said. “We thought if he could get past him he would get to the finals.”
Boone won by fall Friday in the championship quarterfinals over East Carteret’s Ezekiel Jayne before losing by fall in the championship semifinals to Pimlico County’s Javon Armstrong.
Elkin’s C.J. Henderson won by forfeit in Saturday’s first-round consolation match after Boone suffered a shoulder injury in the previous match against Armstrong.
“Hudson was winning when the injury occurred,” Duncan said. “If he would have been able to continue competing I think he would have finished a lot higher than he did.”
Boone was 2-2 this season against this year’s state champion, Noland Brown from Swain County.