Bucs have strong showing at Mid-State Conference wrestling meet

Bartlett Yancey wrestling standout Justin Guy (middle) poses with his first place medal after winning the Mid-State Conference championship Saturday in the 160-pound weight class at Carrboro High School. Guy heads into the NCHSAA regionals, which will be held February 8 in Walkertown, as one of the favorites in his weight class. Guy is looking to earn a spot in the NCHSAA 2A state championships for the second time in three years, having also qualified for the state finals as a sophomore in 2017. 

Bartlett Yancey’s wrestling team had a stellar showing at this past weekend's Mid-State Conference tournament at Carrboro High School, with a total of seven Bucs wrestlers placing among the top three in the conference in their respective weight classes. 

“This past weekend we had a great showing. We had one wrestler that didn't make weight, so only seven of the eight wrestlers listed for the Mid State 2A conference tournament were able to participate,” BYHS head wrestling coach Rick Hill said. “The great thing about the day was all seven of the participants finished the day in third place or higher.”

Three BYHS grapplers placed third in the Mid-State Conference, while two came away with second place finishes, and two more - standouts Justin Guy and Zack Ricchini - coming away with league titles.  

“We had freshman Evan Lucas, sophomore Cole Rowland, and senior Tristan Smith all finish in third place in the tournament,” Hill explained. “We had senior Kyle Grodem and freshman Dylan Wall finishing second, bringing home silver medals. Seniors Justin Guy and Zack Ricchini finished their excellent season in conference with gold medals, finishing the tournament as Mid State 2A conference champions.” 

“It was great seeing all our wrestlers standing up during the awards ceremony as the participants were announced for the top three placers in each of the seven weight classes. Also it was great to see all the hard work paying off as things are starting to come together well for all the wrestlers at the right time of the season.”

Although BYHS did not qualify for the NCHSAA 2A dual team state tournament, the Bucs still have plenty to compete for in the coming weeks. Multiple Bartlett Yancey grapplers will make their way to the NCHSAA 2A Mideast Regionals, which will be held February 8 at Walkertown High School in Walkertown, to the immediate northeast of Winston-Salem. The top four finishers in each weight class in the regionals will advance to the state championships February 14-16 at the Greensboro Coliseum. 

“Hopefully our wrestlers will take this momentum into the regional championships on February 8th, make some noise and punch a ticket to the state championships the following week,” Hill said.