blank'/> Broughton Sports Update: Caps Wrestling Makes History - Four Advance to States

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Caps Wrestling Makes History - Four Advance to States

Despite only qualifying six of 14 weight classes for the Regional Tournament this weekend at Knightdale High School, our Caps made it count as an unprecedented four wrestlers will move on to compete in the NCHSAA State Championships next weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum. This is the most in BHS history, and the first time we have had four wrestlers ranked in the top 10 statewide.

Of the 25 4A high schools in the Mid-East Region, only the top 16 wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the Regional tournament. On Friday and Saturday, the boys competed in a bracket of 16 wrestlers in their respective weight class.

Nash Philbeck, (30-4) emerged as a Regional Champion at 145 lbs. after taking out #2 state-ranked Delante Robinson of Cary in the finals. Nash dominated his opponent who was previously undefeated at 40-0 form start to finish as Nash's relentless pace and unpredictability were too much for the Cary wrestler.

Christian Hite, (29-6) went a perfect 4-0- to also become a Regional Champ at 160 lbs. Christian won his finals match-up against #10 state-ranked Hunter Yost of Holly Springs in an exciting sudden-victory overtime match where Christian's patience and gas tank won the day.

Braxton May-Nicholson, (29-3) went 2-0 on his way to the Region finals in the 152 lbs. bracket. Braxton defeated #4 ranked Sherriff Njie of Heritage 12-5 in the semi-finals to advance to the championship match where he dropped a close decision to #2 ranked Nate Kinsey of Cary.

Nic Valdespino, (28-5) won his first 3 matches taking out #8 ranked Logan Perentis of Holly Springs in the semi-finals of the 132 lbs class. This match was also a sudden victory overtime thriller where Nic finished a shot on the edge of the mat to win. Nic dropped the finals match to #5 ranked Dan Mills of Leesville.

Andrew Maxwell and Patrick Maxwell, also were regional qualifiers and competed for the Caps with pride. The NCHSAA State Championship Tournament is Thursday-Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

BHS 2017 Regional Qualifiers. Front Row: Christian Hite, Nash Philbeck, Braxton
May-Nicholson, Andrew Maxwell. Back Row: Patrick Maxwell, Nic Valdespino

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