Cherryville High School Ironmen wrestlers head to State Tournament with wins under their belts
Coach Matt Powers with nine of his CHS wrestlers at the Mount Airy Individual Regional.
CHS head wrestling coach Matt Powers said this past weekend his team attended the NCHSAA western region individual wrestling tournament in Mount Airy.
“The guys wrestled very well and had a record setting 5th place finish as a team. The 1A team state champs Avery County led the way, followed by Swain County, Robbinsville, and Mount Airy,” he said.
The wrestlers (and their weight class) who wrestled last week are: 106 – Scott Stroupe; 113 – Brady Buchanan; 120 – Paxton Wall; 132 – Ryan Riffle; 145 – Elijah Gibson; 152 – Chase Miller; 160 – Ben Street; 170 – Kam Bolin; 182 – Jayden Blanton; and 220 – Tobias Miller.
Said Powers, “We filled 10 of the 14 weight classes. The fifth place finish was the highest the team has ever achieved. The West Regionals are 24 schools so this was a great day for us.
“You have to finish in the top four at this tournament to move on the state championships held in Greensboro (Feb. 20-22). Cherryville will be represented in the state championships by three wrestlers, which is the most that have ever qualified in the same year.
“At 132, Ryan Riffle finished in 3rd. At 152, Cherryville’s first-ever freshmen state qualifier, Chase Miller finished second, and Cherryville’s third-ever Regional Champion, at 113, was Brady Buchanan.
“Two young men finished one match short of the championships; at 106, freshmen Scott Stroupe had a great tournament and will be back next year to try to punch his ticket to the championship. At 182, senior Jayden Blanton wrestled his last match as an Ironman. We are super proud of Jayden and his accomplishments in wrestling. His leadership and dominant presence on the mat will be missed.”
Powers continued, “At 132, Ryan Riffle went 1-1 on Friday night, setting up a long day on Saturday in which he would pin four straight opponents to secure the third place finish.
“Freshmen 152-pounder Chase Miller won his first match in a 8-9 seed match up and then followed it up with a big upset pin win over the number one seed Friday night.
“Saturday Chase again earned an upset victory over the fifth seed, placing him in the finals and securing his place in the state championships. He was defeated in the finals earning a second place finish.”
Coach Powers noted that 113-pound junior Brady Buchanan entered the tournament as a one-seed and looked dominant as he never trailed any of his opponents. “Brady joins elite Cherryville wrestling company (Justin Riffle and Sean Kostiuk) as a Regional champion.”