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Originally published: 2014-04-16 14:51:11
Last modified: 2014-04-16 14:51:56

Kostis to sign with Appalachian State

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Watauga's state champion wrestler won't go far to wrestle in college.


Demetre Kostis will officially sign a letter of intent to wrestle at Appalachian State tomorrow at Watauga High School.


Kostis won the 132-pound weight class in the 4-A division. He beat Garrett Hinson of Fayetteville Jack Britt 2-1 in the finals in Winston-Salem. He became the first Pioneer to win a state wrestling championship since Travis Coffey and Jacob Earp won state titles in 2006.


"It's kind of hard to believe there that right after the match when I got my hand raised that it wasn't just another match and another tournament," Kostis said after the match. "After I was told that I was a state champ, we celebrated and it was a great feeling of having the title of state champion."


Kostis follows in the footsteps of his brother Savva Kostis, who wrestled at Appalachian State from 2008-12 at 149 pounds. He finished 10th on the Appalachian State career wins list with 82. He also won all-Southern Conference for three seasons, and was the Northwestern Conference's Most Outstanding Wrestler his senior season in 2007.


Demetre Kostis was the NWC's Most Outstanding Wrestler this season. He finished the year with a 56-1 this season and 106-3 in his last two seasons. His career prep record was 174-21.


It was the first time Kostis had reached the finals in four tries. He had a tough match in the semifinals, but grabbed a 5-4 win over Kollin Wade of Cary.


"I knew that I had already placed in the semifinals, but I didn't let that get to me," Kostis said. "I stayed focused and knew what I had to do to keep wrestling. It was one of the toughest matches this year I've ever had."