Parkland wins 5th WRAL title in last 6 tournaments

Posted December 23, 2012

After a runner-up finish to Jefferson (Ga.) last season, Parkland took home the WRAL Wrestling Tournament team championship on Saturday.

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It is the fifth WRAL title in the last six tournaments for Parkland.

Parkland had three wrestlers win individual championships at the tournament. Drew Turner won the 120-pound weight class with a 12-1 major decision over Garrett Hinton of Jack Britt.

In the 132-pound weight class, Jeremy Ward recorded a fall at 0:29 against Union Pines' Ryan Hull to win the championship. Ward also won the award for most falls in the least amount of time, posting five falls in just 7:00.

Marcus Cross won the 145-pound weight class title for Parkland, posting a fall against Hough's Adam Nivens at the 1:32 mark.

Parkland's DeShawn McLean placed third in the 195-pound weight class with a 3-2 decision over Jack Britt's Saetyre McDowell.

Jack Britt finished second in the team standings at 194.5 points. Pinecrest, Rock Hill (S.C.) and Hough rounded out the top five.

The highest placing Triangle team was Northern Durham at 11th with 92.5 points.

Scotland County's Nick Kee and Enka's Kacee Hutchinson repeated as WRAL champions this year. Kee won the 170-pound championship by pinning Hough's Palmer Maples at the 5:27 mark. Hutchinson won the 195-pound weight class with a 3-2 decision over Croatan's Kyle Colborn.

The Most Outstanding Wrestler was Adrian Soto-Perez of Scotland County. Soto-Perez pinned defending state champion Dylan Nelson of Piedmont in 1:47 to win the 160-pound weight class. Scotland County finished 12th in the team standings with a score of 89.

Bishop McGuinness, which finished 28th in the team standings, won the Team Sportsmanship Award.

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Other local individual champions included Richard Tolston of Jack Britt in the 113-pound weight class, Dallas Roemer of Pinecrest in the 138-pound weight class, Rodney Shepard of Northern Durham in the 152-pound weight class, and Luke Fetla of Pinecrest in the 220-pound weight class.

The WRAL Wrestling Tournament was held at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh. The event featured 37 teams in a two-day event on Friday and Saturday.


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