Annual WRAL High School Wrestling Tournament To Be Held In December
Posted November 12, 2005 10:19 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — This year's annual WRAL High School Invitational Wresting Tournament will feature 37 schools, including four defending state team champions and more than a dozen teams that made deep runs in the state tournament in 2004.
The event, in its 34th year, will be held at Athens Drive High School on Dec. 16 and 17.
Local schools expected to participate include defending 4-A and dual state champions Cary as well as Athens Drive, Cedar Ridge, East Wake, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Gray's Creek, Jack Britt, Leesville, Millbrook, Southeast Raleigh, Southern Durham, Wakefield, and Wilson Fike.
Catawba Brandys, the defending 2-A and dual state title-holders, also will compete, as well as 1-A dual champs Chatham Central and 4-A state team runner-up Durham Riverside.
Other teams will travel from Charlotte, Greensboro and the N.C. coast, as well as from Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina, including Chesterfield -- the defending 1-A S.C. champions.
Star wrestlers from North Carolina who are expected to compete include Bandys' Byron Sigmon, a two-time state champion and National Open High School Champion who has a 143-5 career record; Durham Riverside's Colton Palmer, a two-time state champion who was 61-0 last season; Cary's Nick Koren, a 4-A individual state champion; and Millbrook's Justin Allen, a 4-A state champion.
Wrestlers from outside North Carolina will feature Brian Wright, a Virginia state champion and Junior High School National Champion and Corneilius Selke, two-time South Carolina champion.
The first round of the tournament, which is sanctioned by the N.C. High School Athletic Association, will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. The finals are expected to begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Spectators will be charged $6 for admission to the rounds on Friday and $10 for Saturday's rounds.
Medals will be awarded to the top four placers in 14 weight classes, and trophies will be presented to the team champion, runner-up and most falls in least time.
A complete list of all teams expected to compete at the 34th Annual WRAL High School Invitational Wrestling Tournament follows: