Led by underclassmen, Broughton wrestling showed it has the nucleus to be a force to reckon with for years to come. Sophomores Nic Valdespino and Nash Philbeck both rolled through a bracket of upperclassmen to each reach the finals in their respective weight classes at the 4A Mideast Region Wrestling Championship on Saturday at Cary High School. Both wrestlers fell in the finals only by minor decision and qualified for the 4A NCHSAA State Championship to be held this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum. Only the top four finishers per weight class in each of the state's four regions qualify for states.
Another core contributor, Sophomore Christian Hite battled back through the consolation bracket after a controversial DQ in the opening round to valiantly find himself one win away from qualifying for states. Jasper Lassiter and Jack Elliott rounded out Broughton's presence at Regionals, wrestling tough matches and representing the Caps with pride.
|Left to Right: Asst. Coach David Logan, Jasper Lassiter, Nic Valdespino, |
Head Coach Stan Chambers, Christian Hite, Nash Philbeck
|126 lb. Mideast Placewinners: Omar Samara, Athens Dr (4th), Nic Valdespino, |
Broughton (2nd), Dan Mills, Leesville Rd. (1st), Crayton Saby, Millbrook (3rd)
|145 lb. Mideast Placewinners: Miles Kent, Panther Creek (4th), Nash Philbeck|
Broughton, (2nd), Kollin Wade, Cary (1st), Nick Brown, Clayton (3rd)
|Nash Philbeck vs. opponent from Millbrook|
|Nic Valdespino vs. opponent from Heritage|