Maltba earns third WHC title
TRYON – Israel Maltba became one of only a handful of Mitchell wrestlers to earn three Western Highlands Conference titles, and he did so with a pin of Mountain Heritage’s Christian Angel in the finals.
Dylan Lowery also captured his first WHC title, while Hudson Boone brought home second place after a hard-fought loss to tournament MVP Isaiah Watts of Mountain Heritage.
Other placers for Mitchell were Isaac Moody (fourth), Elijah Smith (third), Cameron Greene (fourth) and Xander Gardner (third).
The Mountaineers finished the regular season Tuesday, Jan. 22, with a 42-36 win at Mountain Heritage. Mitchell won the match with the help of an overtime win by Jason Smith, a last-minute victory by Cameron Greene, and pins from Maltba, Ryan Richardson, Boone and Lowery.
Mitchell began dual team playoffs Tuesday against Robbinsville in Ledger. Results were not available at press time but will be posted on www.mitchellnews.com when they are available.