BlackHawk Wrestlers Win Back-to-Back Championships

Staff Report

NBMS – The North Buncombe Middle School Wrestling team finished the season at 13-1 for the second year in a row, which gave the team back-to-back season championships in the French Broad Conference.

On Saturday, January 26th, the team competed in the French Broad Conference Tournament. The team placed second in the tournament behind Enka Middle’s team by a slim margin of 1.5 points on the day. The BlackHawks had nine wrestlers out of eighteen weight classes make it into the championship finals matches, with Hawks team member Ethan Robinson deserving special recognition as he finished out his middle school career undefeated with two conference championships under his belt.

Here are the FBC Tournament winners with their weight classes preceding their names:

Champions: 108 Ethan Robinson, 172 Cameron Pillay, 197 Porter Rich

2nd Place: 78 Brendan Farris, 85 Gabriel Fiore Kral, 115 Thatcher Rice, 122 Maykol Santi, 162 Jacob Nix, 252 Ryne Norton

3rd Place: 92 Matthew Kniffin

4th Place: 128 Luke Kalli, 140 William Burnette

Team Roster includes : Brendan Farris, Gabriel Fiore Kral, Matthew Kniffin, TJ Burgess, Draven Farris, Griffin Kennedy, Gage Mullinax, Colton Banks, Hayden Burnette, Thatcher Rice, Ethan Robinson, Malachi Bartlett, Edwin Munoz, Maykol Santi, Luke Kalli, Nakota Webb, Gaige Burnette, Luke Ramsey, Giovanni Arredondo, Harrison Buckner, William Burnette, John Watkins, Xan Russell, Dalton Caldwell, Jacob Nix, Tristan Cook, Cameron Pillay, Carter Fisher, Kenyon Peek, Porter Rich, Dallas Duinkerken, Jakob Roberts, Ryne Norton, Landon Ponder

Coach Travis Hannah is in his third year with the program and is very proud of what the NB wrestlers have accomplished. The program has a record of 36-6 across the past three seasons. Congratulations to the North Buncombe Middle School Wrestling Team!

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