Bears win overall state title, two individual titles
Led by James Dagget and Chris Jaeger winning individual state championships, Chatham Central won the NCHSAA 1A State Wrestling Championships team title Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Two weeks after Mitchell High School edged the Bears in the dual team state championship match in Bear Creek, the Bears, with 11 wrestlers having made the state finals in Greensboro, prevailed by a half-point, 98.5-98, over Mitchell. Robbinsville was third with 94 points. Mitchell, Robbinsville and Rosewood made up the top three in the team race going into Saturday, the last day of the three-day tournament.
Dagget, a senior, won via a major decision, 17-5, versus Mitchell's Levi Richardson to win the 126-pound state championship.
On Friday, Dagget defeated Swain County's Christopher Miller with a pin 3:22 into the match in the quarterfinals; then pinned Levi Swearengin of Cherokee at 4:34 to make it through the semifinals.
Jaeger, also a senior, won with a major decision, 15-5, versus Robbinsville's Kade Guffey to win the 138-pound championship.
In the quarterfinals, Jaeger pinned Zachary Nelson of Walkertown in 1:54. Jaeger won via technical fall, 22-7, over Russell Bigmeat of Swain in the semifinals.
Four more Bears earned top-four places in their divisions. Nick Daggett finished third at 106 pounds. Dalton Robinson finished fourth at 145 pounds. Rodney Van De Walker took third at 152 pounds and Casey Canterbury finished third at 285 pounds.
The NCHSAA and Greensboro Coliseum hosted almost 1,400 matches from 1A-4A in the three days.