Kostis, Townsend capture league championships
by Staff Reports
Watauga's wrestling team captured two first place finishes in the Northwestern Conference Tournament Saturday at Patton High School.
Demetre Kostis won his fourth NWC championships, and Mark Townsend won his second straight NWC title for the Pioneers, who finished fifth in overall team points.
Kostis grabbed his latest NWC title by winning the 132-pound bracket. Kostis pinned Patton's Nick Morris at the 3:36 mark of his first match, and followed with an 11-2 victory over Fred T. Foard's Dylan Cassidy.
Kostis improved his record to 48-1 this season. His career record is 175-34.
Townsend provided Watauga with its other league championship by winning three matches in the tournament. Townsend, wrestling at 120 pounds, beat Foard's Caleb Hart 15-2 in the finals.
He opened the tournament by pinning Dylan Cunningham of Hickory in just 50 seconds. Townsend reached the finals by pinning South Caldwell's Jace Kemper at the 1:02 mark of the match to extend his season record to 35-5.
Townsend's career record is 129-44.
Watauga's Jeremy Critcher finished second in the 195-pound bracket. He lost to Foard's Christian Ohmer by pinfall in the finals after pinning South Caldwell's Tyler Brown one match earlier.
Critcher pinned St. Stephens' Oscar Pimental in the opening round.
The Pioneers had three wrestlers -- Jeremiah Wooldridge, Jacob Rutz and Gabe Irwin -- finish in fourth place.
Wooldridge, wrestling in the heavyweight division, won two and lost two of his matches. He pinned Hickory's Thomas Propst in the first round, but was pinned by Dylan Curtis of Foard in the next.
Wooldridge pinned Freedom's Manuel Diaz, but lost 13-0 to Logan Locklear of St. Stephens.
Rutz, wrestling at 220 pounds, lost his first match to Freedom's Bubba Brogley, but came back to pin South Caldwell's Preston Huffman. Brogley beat Rutz again in the next round 7-3.
Irwin, wrestling at 160 pounds, pinned St. Stephens' Tucker Justice and Hickory's Kahil Rutherford, but lost 14-2 to Foard's Trevor Cook and Patton's Thomas Singley.
Those who qualified for the Western 4-A Regional will wrestle in that tournament on Feb. 15 at Hough High School.