Three wrestlers place at Royal Viking Classic


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



Submitted photo - Caleb Cooper (left), Brady Buchanan (center) and Zachariah Bare (right) all received their medals for finishing in the top three during the Royal Viking Classic at North Wilkes.


HAYS — Eight teams hit the mats at North Wilkes High School on Tuesday for the annual Royal Viking Classic.

Ashe County had four competitors make the trip with three of those placing in the top three.

106-pounder Caleb Cooper pinned Bradley Johnson from South Iredell in the consolation semifinals and then won the third place match by pinning Kameron Houck of North Wilkes.

Brady Buchanan reached the finals at 132 pounds by pinning South Iredell’s Jared Doyle before falling in the championship match.

In the 182-pound division, Zachariah Bare pinned Gabe Ardner of North Wilkes in the first round. After getting knocked into the consolation bracket, Bare pinned Ardner once again to finish in third place.

Ashe’s Harley Miller was pinned by South Iredell’s Harrison Reid in the quarterfinals and was defeated in the third place match by North Iredell’s Tim Williams.

Championship winners

106: Jay Williams (North Iredell) def. Liam Curl (South Point)

113: Christian Small (South Iredell) def. Logan Decoskey (Atkins)

120: Sergio Cano (East Montgomery) def. John Varoutsos (Atkins)

126: Joshua Pardue (Starmount) def. Tyler Grigg (South Point)

132: Adam Nguyen (South Point) def. Brady Buchanan (Ashe)

138: Gavin Dowell (South Point) def. Chester Jones (Atkins)

145: Josh McCants (North Iredell) def. Elijah Winters (North Wilkes)

152: Ben Craver (North Iredell) def. Ethan Penaloza (North Wilkes)

160: Travis Williamson (East Montgomery) def. Denver Cook (Starmount)

170: Christian Stephens (South Point) def. Kaden Eklund (North Iredell)

182: Luke Sipes (North Iredell) def. Brendan Collett (East Montgomery)

195: Conner Owensby (South Point) def. Marcus Vickers (North Wilkes)

220: Mike Hayes (South Point) def. Ernesto Ortiz (North Wilkes)

285: Cameron Miller (South Iredell) def. Colby Robinson (East Montgomery)

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Submitted photo – Caleb Cooper (left), Brady Buchanan (center) and Zachariah Bare (right) all received their medals for finishing in the top three during the Royal Viking Classic at North Wilkes.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Royal-Viking-Classic-Ashe-1-.jpgSubmitted photo – Caleb Cooper (left), Brady Buchanan (center) and Zachariah Bare (right) all received their medals for finishing in the top three during the Royal Viking Classic at North Wilkes.

By Nathan Ham

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