BYHS Wrestling readies for NCHSAA Mideast Regionals

Members of Bartlett Yancey's wrestling team, including Zack Ricchini (second from left), Justin Guy (fifth from left), Kyle Grodem (third from right), and Tristan Smith (second from right), join with their parents for a photo at BYHS's Senior Night, held January 31 in Yanceyville. The Bucs lost their final regular season dual team match to Burlington Williams, but are now looking ahead to this week's NCHSAA 2A Regionals in Walkertown.  

Bartlett Yancey’s boy’s wrestling team is looking ahead to this week’s NCHSAA Mideast Regionals, which will determine if any Bucs grapplers make their way to the following week’s NCHSAA 2A state individual finals at the Greensboro Coliseum. In order to make it to the state finals, wrestlers must finish among the top four in their respective weight class at regionals. 

Although the Bucs didn’t advance to the NCHSAA team dual state playoffs, they did get some work in last week, including a series of practices, along with one final regular season team match at home against Burlington Williams. 

“We had a little bit of a relaxed week this past week starting off with our team not making it into the state dual playoffs,” BYHS head coach Rick Hill said. “We did keep our team sharp with practice and a match against Burlington Williams later in the week on Thursday evening.”

The weather this fall and early winter played havoc on BY’s wrestling schedule, with only one home dual team match leading up to Thursday’s regular season finale. The matchup with Williams would serve as Senior Night for the Buccaneers. 

“We only had one home match due to all the winter weather and rescheduling,” Hill explained, “So it was nice to have Williams come and visit our team so that our senior wrestlers could have one last home match and celebrate a Senior Night, being that we will miss the big Senior Night event this upcoming Friday (at the BYHS-Reidsville basketball game in Yanceyville) while we are away at the Mid East 2A regionals at Walkertown.” 

The showdown with Williams was a tough one for the Bucs, as BYHS suffered a 65-14 setback. But it was excellent preparation for the upcoming regionals, along with an important final moment of victory at home for Bucs senior standouts Justin Guy and Zack Ricchini. 

“We were just outnumbered, with Williams almost filling a full roster,” Hill said. “However our seniors did have a great showing, putting up our only team points. Three of our four seniors got to walk away from their final home match with a win. We had Kyle Grodem earn six points for us via forfeit. Justin Guy earned five points for us by a technical fall, and Zack Ricchini earned three points for us with a decision win.” 

“Our next task is getting prepped for our upcoming regionals and seeing how many guys we can punch through to the state championships the following week,” Hill added. 

Guy and Ricchini are both feeling good about their chances to advance to the state finals, while others, such as Grodem, Dylan Wall, Zaquan Cagle, and others, will have to perform well at the regionals to earn their coveted place in the top four for a spot in the state championships.