Newland – On top of a banner season the Maroon Devil wrestling team had another great showing, this time sending a school record 7 wrestlers to the NCHSAA State Championships this coming weekend.
Swain wrestlers who qualified included – Mac Long (120), Sam Everhardt (145), Cody Long (170), Cyle Ponchot (182), Jake Langston (195), Will Paul (220) and Nolan Brown (Hwt). Mac Long, Cody Long, Cyle Ponchot and Nolan Brown all finished 4th in their respective weight classes. Sam Everhardt scored a 3rd place finish.
Jacob Langston finished 2nd in the 195 pound class, upsetting the number one ranked 195 pound wrestler in the state. Langston scored two decisions and a pin among his three wins. He is now 15-4 on the season.
Will Paul took second in the 220 pound weight class. After receiving a bye, Paul scored a pin and 14-10 decision in advancing through the tourney to the championship round.