Orange’s Ramirez, Homsey Win Semifinal Matches, Go for State Titles Saturday; Cedar Ridge’s Davis in Contention for 3rd Place at 182

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Updated: February 17, 2018

One year after Bobby Shriner ended his high school coaching career at the Greensboro Coliseum with Payton Wilson winning the 3-A state championship at 220 pounds, two more Orange High wrestlers will go for their own state titles on Saturday.

For the second year in a row, 3-A Mideast Regional Champion Josiah Ramirez has reached the state championship finals. On Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum, Ramirez defeated Chase Hamlin of Northwest Cabarrus 6-3 in the semifinals. Earlier in the day, Ramirez pinned Chanden Morgan of Kings Mountain in 5:18. Last year, Ramirez advanced to the finals of the 170 state championship, where he lost to J.C. Ciaramella of Marvin Ridge 12-7. Ciaramella handed Ramirez his only loss this season. However, Ciaramella was injured during last week’s Western Regional Tournament and had to forfeit his opening match on Friday.

In his 157th and final match for Orange, Ramirez will face Finley Allen of Terry Sanford, who is 35-3 on the season.

Also at 182 pounds, Cedar Ridge’s Colin Davis reached the state semifinals after defeating Topsail’s Noah LaValle 10-3. However, Allen pinned Davis in 1:38. Davis, now 22-5, will go for 3rd place on Saturday. He awaits the winner of Ruther Oxce of Southern Guilford vs. Ben Austin of Piedmont in the consolation semifinals.

Orange senior Braden Homsey, who also claimed a regional championship last weekend at Chapel Hill High, maintained his undefeated record on Friday by beating Kaleb Hendren of Hunter Huss 13-3. In his three matches in the state tournament, Homsey has won by either technical fall or major decision. On Thursday, he started with a 17-2 tech fall over Alexander Choma of West Johnson. In his quarterfinal match on Friday, Homsey defeated James Price of Piedmont 13-4, his second win over Price in less than two weeks. Homsey, now 39-0 this season, will face Tyrie Houghton of Weddington for the state championship. Houghton, who was the runner up for the 182 state championship in 2017 after losing to Northwood’s Hunter Queen 7-6, is 58-0 this season.

A day after winning his opening round match over Zachary Lesnar 4-1, Orange junior Avery Jenkins fell in the state quarterfinals to Paul Searcy of North Henderson 5-4. Searcy improved to 52-0, and eventually advanced to the state final. Jenkins lost his subsequent consolation match to Jashoua King of Northern Guilford 2-0 to end the season 30-11.

Two other Orange grapplers are still alive in the consolation brackets in their respective weight classes. Senior Bailey Hawkins won three matches on Saturday. After losing his opening round bout to Ethan King of Northern Guilford 3-2 in sudden victory, Hawkins pinned Jakob Burkett of Statesboro in 4:50 in his opening consolation match. Hawkins earned a 9-3 decision over Phifer Ozimek of J.H. Rose 9-3. On Saturday, Hawkins will face Jordan McKinney of Northern Cabarrus in the consolation quarterfinals.

At 138 pounds, junior Levi Anderson has won consecutive matches after dropping his opening bout to Brandon Reisen of West Brunswick. Anderson defeated Jonathan Dalton, the Western Regional Champion, 4-2 in his opening consolation match. Anderson followed that victory with a 6-4 decision win over Stephen Barnard of West Henderson. Anderson will take on Nicholas Vasquez, the Eastern Regional Champion, on Saturday morning.

After winning the 3A Mideast Regional Heavyweight Championship last weekend, the wrestling career of Orange’s Daylan Alston ended on Friday with a 3-1 loss to Piedmont’dsd Luis Oropesa on Saturday. On Thursday, Alston dropped his opening round match to Southern Guilford’s John Oxce 7-4. Alston’s 116th and final victory of his Orange career came with a pin of Cleveland’s JaNathan Coward in :37. Alston, who was also an All-Big 8 offensive lineman in football, concludes his Orange career with a record of 116-30.

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