On Tuesday, C.B. Aycock took 12 wrestlers to the 3A East Regional and ended up with three wrestlers qualifying for the state championship tournament on June 26 at Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville.
Senior Omar Tucker won the 132 lbs title due to an injury default after he was illegally slammed to the mat, just 35 seconds into the third period of his title match, with the match being tied 3-3 at the time of the slam.
Tucker improved to 24-0 on the season and heads to the state championships for the third consecutive season with the win. The win also continues the C.B. Aycock wrestling program’s streak of having a regional champion to six straight seasons.
Two fellow seniors will join Tucker at the state championship tournament as Tuner Bass, and William Carter also punched their tickets.
Bass, who also qualified for states for the third consecutive season, suffered his first loss of the season as he lost a hard-fought match in the finals to Havelock’s Derek Waiau. Bass now enters the state championships at 27-1.
Carter fulfilled his goal of qualifying for the state championships after last season when he lost his qualifying match in a heart-breaking 3-2 decision.
However, this time, Carter owned the moment, and he qualified with a convincing 1:41 pinfall over Treston Wiggins of West Brunswick.
After suffering his first loss of the season in the semi-final, Carter lost in the third-place match 5-1 against Josh Henderson of West Carteret. Carter will head to the state championships with a 25-2 record.