Southern's Gregory defeated in state wrestling semifinal

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 02:36 AM

Southern Vance’s Xavier Gregory fell short of the 195-pound 3-A state wrestling final Friday night, falling to unbeaten Kacee Hutchinson of Enka, the top-ranked wrestler in the class.Gregory fell 11-5 after defeating Rocky Mount’s Keyaad Coley in the quarters. Gregory wrestled in the consolation round Saturday.

Southern’s Moses Richardson (126 pounds), Northern’s Travis Heath (120 pounds) and Webb’s Omari Powell were each knocked out of the consolation round.

Gregory and Richardson each advanced Thursday night to the second round.

Gregory (40-2), the second-ranked 195-pounder in the state, won against Gastonia Ashbrook’s Alex Mendez by a 5-3 decision.

Richardson (31-3) eliminated Jonah Swinson of Concord Robinson by a 7-4 decision and met the top-ranked wrestler at 126 pounds in the state, senior Tyler Ross (45-3) of Jacksonville, Friday.

Heath (24-8), a senior, lost to the top-ranked wrestler at 120 pounds, junior Troy Gregor (40-2) of Hickory Ridge.

Senior Powell (25-10) was defeated by Washington junior Devon Van Cura (38-3), ranked fourth at 160 pounds.