Zambrano paces local wrestlers at state tourney

From staff reports
Posted 2/22/22

Results from the NCHSAA Individual Wrestling State Championships held at the Greensboro Coliseum this past weekend.

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Zambrano paces local wrestlers at state tourney

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GREENSBORO — Harnett Central’s Jose Zambrano reached the podium at 182 pounds, turning in the best performance of local athletes competing for a state wrestling title this past weekend.

In his second straight trip to states, Zambrano used an opening-round major decision to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal where he won, 6-2, over St. Stephens’ Andre Britt. Later that evening, the Trojans’ senior fell to eventual gold medalist Brady Ross in the semifinal.

Saturday, Zambrano won a 5-3 decision over Bryston Desousa and concluded the tourney with a loss to Asheboro’s Logan Lambeth in the third-place match.

Zambrano’s podium finish wrapped up a 26-6 individual record that included bronze at regionals to go with his gold medal at the All American Conference tournament.

Triton wrestler Nathan Williams (170) also made his second consecutive state tourney appearance.

Williams earned a 7-6 decision in the first round before losing in the quarterfinal, then bowing out in the consolation quarterfinal. He finished with a 33-8 mark.

Fellow Hawks teammate Malachi Nettles (220) enjoyed a first-round win by decision, followed by two straight losses, ending the season with an 18-6 record.

Western Harnett’s Cameron Curva (132) earned an opening-round tech fall before suffering back-to-back losses Friday. The AAC gold medalist finished with a 34-8 mark.

Meanwhile, Ethan Brownlee (113) of South Johnston followed a first-round loss by winning in the consolation bracket to stay alive. The Quad County Conference champ bowed out in the consolation quarterfinals, ending his first prep season 20-8.

South teammate Carson Corl (106) concluded his freshman campaign with two losses to open the tourney, while Central’s Deshawn Carty suffered the same fate.

Overhills’ Hunter Berryhill made his third straight trip to the 4A finals, competing at 220.

Berryhill won by major decision in the first round, but lost 4-2 in the quarterfinals then dropped a sudden-victory decision in the consolation quarterfinals. The Jags senior finished his final season 32-3 and won a conference gold medal.

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