Patton wrestling host quad

Patton wrestler Dilan Patton (right) attempts a move against his Brevard opponent at 120 pounds during Tuesday's host quad match. Patton won the match by 8-6 decision.

The host Patton wrestling team continued its blistering start to the season with three wins at Tuesday’s quad match. The Panthers (11-1) took care of Bandys 53-24 and defeated Mitchell 48-36 and Brevard 55-22.

In the most hotly-contested dual of the evening versus Mitchell, Patton collected pinfall wins from Jamir Epps (160 pounds; second period) and Kaleb Spann (170; first period) after the teams were tied 36-all heading into those last two matches.

Versus Bandys, four straight victories from the 113 to 132 weights put the Panthers ahead for good, while Patton never trailed against Brevard.

Collecting three wins apiece Tuesday were PHS’ Epps (three pins, one in each period), Spann (three pins, all in first period; two in under 30 seconds), Troy Gragg (182/195; first-, second-period pins) and Jeris Scott (285; two first-period pins).

Winning twice apiece were Ranger Winters (113; first-period pin), Dilan Patton (120; decision, tech fall), Sawyer James (126; two first-period pins), Christian Hoffpauir (132; two first-period pins), Kegan Burris (145; first-period pin) and Austin Morales (220; first-period pin).

Edgar Tomas (106) also earned a win on the mat, claiming a 12-2 major decision against Brevard.



Patton, Draughn win 3 events

The Panthers’ and Wildcats’ squads each won three events at Monday’s Polar Bear meet at Hickory. Patton started with a girls 4x800 relay win, then Mattie Genoe claimed the 55-meter hurdles (11.0). Later, senior Noah Sheets won the boys 55 dash (6.6).

Draughn’s victories came via seniors Parker Smith (boys 1000 meters; 3:01.0), Nevaeh Williams (girls high jump; 4’8”) and Leanna Seagraves (girls pole vault; 8’). East Burke senior Taylor Conley won the girls shot put (31’6”).



Night of Light 5k

Patton’s Faith Younts (21:35.29) won the overall female portion of the Night of Light 5k on Saturday in downtown Morganton. The 15-19 female age group winner finished ahead of runner-up Elizabeth Hawes (25-29 age group winner) and third-place Calli Westra of Patton.

Thomas McDonough was overall male champion (18:51.11), ahead of Draughn’s Tyler Ollis and Patton’s Vance Jones. Patton was recognized as the school with the most participating runners in the event.

Other age division winners who finished in the top 40 for their gender overall included Ava Thomas (female 12-14), Hannah Kania (female 20-24), Emily Kania (female 8-11), Leslie Chapman (female 35-39), Kristy King (female 40-44), Lidia Crisostomo (female 30-34), Beth Vonnegut (female 60-64), Teresa Elder (female 50-54), Amy Brooks (female 55-59) and Celia Berduo (female 45-49); as well as Chris Bobo (male 35-39), Chris Cook (male 40-44), Chris Collins (male 30-34), Matt Ingram (male 45-49), Rick Kilpatrick (male 50-54), Rodney Tilson (male 55-59), Colton Shields (male 8-11), Christian Tyrone (male 12-14) and Heath Newton (male 20-24).


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