Wrestlers from Princeton and North Johnston competed in regionals last weekend with Princeton players qualifying for state championship.
Balageo, Hill qualify for states
Princeton’s Kyle Balageo and Zach Hill punched their tickets to the state championships after strong showings last weekend at the 1A eastern regionals.
Hill started out the heavyweight competition recording a pin against Neuse Charter’s Griffin Lloyd before losing to Rosewood’s Nyterrius Williams via pin in the quarterfinals.
Hill responded by first pinning Voyager Academy’s Loc’Quan Gibson midway through the second period and then quickly dusting off North Stokes’ Orion Martin with a pin fall just 12 seconds into the match.
Hill advanced to the third-place match thanks to a forfeit and then ended his competition in style defeating Daelen Turner (Albemarle) with another quick pin, this time needing just 13 seconds.
Balageo also qualified for states for the first time for the Bulldogs in the 160-pound weight class.
The senior opened up with a third period pin over Dontez McLendon (West Montgomery) but fell to Uwharrie Charter’s Branson Lambert in his second match.
Balageo then pinned Nathan McKenna of Louisburg, won by 6-3 decision over Rosewood’s Joey Behrend and then defeated Neuse Charter’s Isaiah Deck by 5-2 decision to advance to the third-place match where he fell in an ultimate tiebreaker (3-2) to Daniel Spencer of Bishop McGuines.