NEWS-JOURNAL PHOTO/BRANDON ROBERTS Mitchell wrestler Ryan Richardson, pictured, defeated Cherokee’s Caden Pheasant by fall Saturday, Feb. 17, in the 160-pound consolation semifinals of the NCHSAA 1A Individual State Wrestling Championships in Greensboro. Richardson, a junior, finished third in the state in his weight class.

Pair of wrestlers finish 3rd at state

Richardson, Marlowe earn place on podium

GREENSBORO – Two Mitchell wrestlers earned third-place finishes this past weekend at the NCHSAA 1A Individual Wrestling Championships at Greensboro Coliseum.

Senior Coltin Marlowe (126 pounds) and junior Ryan Richardson (160 pounds) both finished third in their respective classes. Marlowe and Richardson defeated wrestlers that had beaten them in prior matches.

“We had a rough start but we turned it around at the end,” said Ed Duncan, head wrestling coach. “Overall I am pleased. We had five state qualifiers and that’s one more than we had last year and three this year – Hudson Boone, Joseph Maltba and Dylan Lowery – were first-time qualifiers. This year will get our underclassmen some experience and next year they’ll be ready to go.”

Marlowe won by decision in the consolation finals over Robbinsville’s Nathan Fisher and Richardson won by decision over Mount Airy’s Austin Tumbarello.

“I’m thrilled with how Ryan performed,” Duncan said. “He was a first-time qualifier last year and I look forward to seeing him wrestle next year.”

The Mitchell Wrestling team finished 13th overall in 1A and four of the five wrestlers that qualified for the state championships will return next year.

Two of the five Mitchell wrestlers that qualified for the 2018 NCHSAA 1A Individual Wrestling Championships won their quarterfinal matches. Dylan Lowery won by fall over South Stanly’s Jaquavius Caraway in the 113-pound quarterfinal match and Richardson won by fall over Uwharrie Charter’s Branson Lambert in the 160-pound weight class. Marlowe, Joseph Maltba and Hudson Boone lost in the quarterfinals.

Uwharrie Charter’s Adam Robins won by decision over Marlowe in the 126-pound weight class and Isaiah Bryant of Voyager Academy won by decision over Maltba in the 132-pound weight class.

In the 285-pound championship quarterfinals, Princeton’s Zach Hill won by fall over Boone.

Lowery and Richardson both lost by decision in the semifinals. Lowery lost to Robbinsville’s Matt Lovin and Richardson to Avery County’s Lucas Andrews.

Marlowe finished fourth in the state in the 113-pound division this past year after winning a regional championship and came in third at the 2016 state finals.

“Coltin’s ability to bounce back after a first-round loss is a testament to his grit, determination and a desire to do his best,” Duncan said. “To see him finish his last match with his hand raised is truly special.”

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