Kostis headed to state wrestling finals
by Staff Reports
MOORESVILLE — Watauga wrestler Demetre Kostis qualified for the state 4-A wrestling tournament by winning the 132-pound weight class at the West Regional held at Hough High School.
Kostis, one of six Watauga wrestlers competing at the regional, improved his record to 49-0. Kostis wrestles in the state tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum beginning Thursday.
Kostis pinned Steven Owens of Hough in the third period in the finals at the regional. The match was tied 3-3 in the third period before Kostis got Owens on his back and pinned him.
“He was tied 3-3 in the finals and I think he realized that he didn’t know what the score was,” Watauga coach Todd Allen said. “He realized that and put (Owens) on his back and pinned him.”
Two other Pioneers — Mark Townsend and Gus Coffey — reached the consolation semifinals at 113 pounds, but did not reach the state final. Townsend, who finished the season with a 42-10 record, lost to Butler’s Cody Branhall 3-1 in overtime in the consolation semifinal.
Coffey, who qualified for the past two previous state tournaments, wrestled in a tough 120-pound bracket. Coffey finished 42-8 during the season, but fell 12-5 to Mooresville’s Jamie Wright in the consolation semifinals.
Coffey managed to get to the bracket semifinals, but fell to No. 1 seeded Cody Carnes of Lake Norman. Carnes improved to 49-0.
Watauga sent three other wrestlers to the regional. Jake Page, wrestling at 160-pounds, beat Harrison Stewart of South Mecklenburg, but lost two matches and was eliminated.
Jeremy Critcher, wrestling at 195 pounds, and Jackson Lawley, wrestling at 220 pounds, both went 0-2 in the tournament.