STATESVILLE — Elkin took seven wrestlers to the Greyhound Classic at Statesville High School on Saturday and placed fifth in the team standings. The Elks had two champions, one runner-up and two fourth-place finishers. Jude Lloyd also was named the most outstanding wrestler of the tournament by vote of the coaches.
Lloyd claimed his third individual tournament championship of the season by winning the 138-pound title. He pinned Parkland’s Jesus Escarera, defeated Patrick Mahaffey of North Iredell 15-0 and bested Bunker Hill’s Paul Fisher 15-1 to earn the title.
Ethan Chipman also secured his third individual tournament championship of the season by winning the 152-pound weight class. He pinned Dylan Medley of Walkertown and North Wilkes’ Isaac Powell to advance to the finals where he edged Ben Padget of North Iredell 7-4.
Mikey Grubb returned to action by placing second in the 145-pound class. He pinned Noah South of North Wilkes and Porky Speaks of Bunker Hill before falling to North Iredell’s Chandler Jordan in the finals 7-4.
Jerry Neese and C.J. Henderson both advanced to consolation finals in the 170- and 285-pound weight classes. Neese was pinned by Patton’s Jamir Epps and Henderson was felled by North Lincoln’s Wyatt Painter in their third-place bouts.
Elkin will next be in action on Wednesday in a multiple team event at Wilkes Central. The Elks will wrestle the Eagles and West Caldwell.