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TDR Top 12 Team at 220 Lbs.

The ranking of all the wrestlers at 220 lbs. in the TDR Top 12.  State Medalist (3rd in 3A) Ryan Ashley of Southern Nash is the top ranked wrestler in eastern North Carolina at 220.  Just behind him is Medalist (3rd at 2A) Meshack Smith of Northside H.S.   In 3rd is Nathan Gilbert of West Brunswick who was undefeated going into the state tournament where he placed 5th.   Anthony Brownridge of Holmes and Rayquon Jones of Rosewood are plaque winners in the TDR Top 12.

1 Ashley, Ryan Southern Nash 220 3A 12 42 5 0.894 2 3rd
2 Smith, Meshack Northside (Jacksonville) 220 2A 11 32 6 0.842 3 3rd
3 Gilbert, Nathan West Brunswick 220 3A 11 32 2 0.941 1 5th
4 Brownridge, Anthony Holmes 220 2A 12 33 2 0.943 1 w1
5 Jones, Rayquon Rosewood 220 1A 12 52 4 0.929 1 4th
6 Agapito, Eric Ayden-Grifton 220 2A 12 26 8 0.765 2 w1
7 Oliver, Jesse Lumberton 220 4A 11 32 11 0.744 2 w1
8 Rose, Jonathan West Johnston 220 4A 12 14 4 0.778 3 L2
9 Dale, Andrew West Carteret 220 3A 11 40 9 0.816 4 L2
10 Lee, Bruce White Oak 220 3A 11 22 8 0.733 3 L2
11 Laureigh, Patrick New Bern 220 4A 11 22 10 0.688 3 w1
12 Willis, William `Alex` Laney 220 4A 10 34 16 0.680 4 w2

May 30, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

TDR Top 12 Team at 195 Lbs. Award Plaques

The top 4 wrestlers ranked at the 195 lbs. weight class claimed TDR Top 12 plaques as being one of the best 42 wrestlers.  With 14 weight classes that averages to 3 per weight yet the best 42 overall are selected.  State Runner-Up Isaiah Bookman of Beddingfield is the top ranked wrestler in eastern North Carolina at 195.  Senior Medalists Evin Bellamy of North Brunswick and Thomas Thompson of Lumberton join him as a plaque winner in the TDR Top 12.  Hunter McClelland of Knightdale is also included at this high level of recognition.
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May 29, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TDR Top 12 Team at 195 Lbs.

The ranking of all the wrestlers at 195 lbs. in the TDR Top 12.  State Runner-Up Isaiah Bookman of Beddingfield is the top ranked wrestler in eastern North Carolina at 195.  Senior Place winners Evin Bellamy of North Brunswick and Thomas Thompson of Lumberton are plaque winners in the TDR Top 12.  Hunter McClelland of Knightdale is also included at this high level of recognition.

1 Bookman, Isaiah Beddingfield 195 2A 12 33 4 0.892 2 2nd
2 Bellamy, Evin North Brunswick 195 2A 12 40 2 0.952 1 4th
3 Thompson, Thomas Lumberton 195 4A 12 42 5 0.894 1 5th
4 McClelland, Hunter Knightdale 195 4A 12 42 3 0.933 2 w2
5 Brogden, Austin South Granville 195 2A 12 44 5 0.898 1 6th
6 Mitchell, Dane Swansboro 195 3A 12 40 7 0.851 1 5th
7 Helmick, Jonathan West Carteret 195 3A 12 40 6 0.870 2 L2
8 Barbosa, Sam Northside (Jacksonville) 195 2A 11 32 10 0.762 3 w2
9 Mcrainey, Daniel West Brunswick 195 3A 12 31 9 0.775 3 w1
10 Martinez, Carlos First Flight 195 2A 10 44 9 0.830 4 L2
11 Randolph, Justin South Central 195 4A 11 32 10 0.762 3 L2
12 Melgar, Dylan Rosewood 195 1A 11 27 11 0.711 4 w1
13 Smith, Andre Eastern Wayne 195 3A 12 18 6 0.750 4 L2

May 29, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TDR Top 12 Team at 182 Lbs. Award Plaques

The top 3 wrestlers ranked at this weight class claimed TDR Top 12 plaques as being one of the best 42 wrestlers.  With 14 weight classes that averages to 3 per weight yet the best 42 overall are selected.
State Champion Andrew Colborn is the top ranked wrestler in eastern North Carolina at 182.  Senior State Runner-Up Juan Ramos of Swansboro and Bradley Skinner of Knightdale are also were awarded a plaque for being in the TDR Top 12.
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May 27, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

TDR Top 12 Team at 182 Lbs.

The ranking of all the wrestlers at 182 lbs. in the TDR Top 12.  State Champion Andrew Colborn is the top ranked wrestler in eastern North Carolina at 182.  Senior State Runner-Up Juan Ramos of Swansboro and Bradley Skinner of Knightdale are also plaque winners in the TDR Top 12.

1 Colborn, Andrew Croatan 182 2A 12 24 0 1.000 1 1st
2 Ramos, Juan Swansboro 182 3A 12 36 1 0.973 1 2nd
3 Skinner, Bradley Knightdale 182 4A 12 41 4 0.911 2 6th
4 Drew, Josh Rosewood 182 1A 12 49 8 0.860 1 4th
5 Fullerton, Sterling West Brunswick 182 3A 11 35 3 0.921 2 w1
6 Watson, Tyrone North Brunswick 182 2A 10 38 7 0.844 2 w1
7 Sutton, Shawn North Lenoir 182 2A 11 34 9 0.791 3 w1
8 Murphy, Josh Lumberton 182 4A 12 28 9 0.757 2 w1
9 Willard, Alston East Wake 182 4A 12 33 9 0.786 4 L2
10 Conley, Clay Pamlico 182 1A 11 32 9 0.780 4 L2
11 Johnson, Kenard Rocky Mount 182 3A 12 35 12 0.745 4 L2
12 Warren-Brock, Akim South Central 182 4A 12 30 11 0.732 3 L2
13 Huion, Chris North Pitt 182 2A 12 31 13 0.705 4 L2
13 Vernon, Henry Topsail 182 3A 12 28 12 0.700 3 L2
13 Davis, Ralph Bunn 182 2A 11 27 10 0.730 4 L2

May 25, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TDR Top 12 Team at 170 Lbs. Award Plaques

The top 6 wrestlers ranked at this weight class earned TDR Top 12 plaques as being one of the best 42 wrestlers.  With 14 weight classes that averages to 3 per weight yet the best 42 overall are selected.
State Champion Lance Armenta of SW Onslow  in the 2A State Championships is the top ranked wrestler in eastern N.C.  The others on the Top 12 earned plaques for being in the best of the best are 3rd placers Kaleb Smith of Rosewood (1A) and Connor Hughes of First Flight (2A), medalists Dakota Wakefield of Swansboro and Brandon Skinner of Knightdale.  Dalton Hill of New Bern is included for his strong season and as the only wrestler to defeat Armenta this season.

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May 25, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TDR Top 12 Team at 170 Lbs.

The ranking of all the wrestlers at 170 lbs. in the TDR Top 12.  State Champion Lance Armenta of SW Onslow  in the 2A State Championships is the top ranked wrestler in eastern N.C.  The others on the Top 12 earned plaques for being in the best of the best are 3rd placers Kaleb Smith of Rosewood (1A) and Connor Hughes of First Flight (2A), medalists Dakota Wakefield of Swansboro and Brandon Skinner of Knightdale.  Dalton Hill of New Bern is included for his strong season and he was the only wrestler to defeat Armenta this season.

1 Armenta, Lance Southwest Onslow 170 2A 12 47 2 0.959 1 1st
2 Smith, Kaleb Rosewood 170 1A 12 47 6 0.887 1 3rd
3 Hughes, Connor First Flight 170 2A 11 47 8 0.855 2 3rd
4 Hill, Dalton New Bern 170 4A 11 30 5 0.857 1 w1
5 Wakefield, Dakota Swansboro 170 3A 12 38 5 0.884 1 5th
6 Skinner, Brandon Knightdale 170 4A 12 43 4 0.915 2 6th
7 Bridges, Ethan Croatan 170 2A 11 39 16 0.709 3 4th
8 Townsend, Monquez Lumberton 170 4A 12 42 10 0.808 2 w1
9 Williams, Miles Greene Central 170 2A 11 25 10 0.714 4 w1
10 Bunts, Tyler South Granville 170 2A 11 39 9 0.813 1 L2
11 Hough, Connor Pamlico 170 1A 12 26 5 0.839 2 L2
12 Turner, Luke Corinth Holders 170 3A 12 34 9 0.791 4 L2
13 Keyes, Marquez JH Rose 170 4A 11 38 15 0.717 4 L2
13 Sheppard, Sedrak Rocky Mount 170 3A 11 37 17 0.685 3 L2

May 24, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Joe Mondragon awarded James Johnson Trophy as top wrestler in eastern North Carolina

State Champion Joe Mondragon of Ashley High School was presented the 14th Annual James Johnson Award as the best scholastic wrestler in eastern North Carolina in 2015 at the Senior Sports Banquet.  The award is named in honor of three time national champion James Johnson.  TakeDown Report Representative Neal Dorow presented the award to Joe.

Joe was the state champion at 132  lbs. in his senior year with 45 victories and just two losses. He won 37 matches in a row after an early season loss in the finals of the Dixon Bulldog tourney until the Regional finals.  While winning the Mid-eastern conference tournament Joe suffered a severe ankle sprain which hindered his movement in the Regional tournament the next weekend.  He lost his second match of the season in the finals 6-1 but bounced back the next weekend in Greensboro with 4 wins including a 4-3 decision in the finals to become Ashley’s first State Champion in wrestling.

Joe’s father Joe Sr. was a two-time state champion in Nevada thus he had Joe Jr. and younger son Terrell were on the mat at an early age. Joe fell in love with the sport when in grade school.  His passion guided him to four consecutive state age-group titles from 5th to 8th grades.  In 2011 he became an All-American in Greco-Roman style as he placed 7th in the USA Wrestling Cadet National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.  As a freshmen Joe made it to the Utah state championships and finished with a (55-9).  The next year he compiled a (29-2) record before his season was ended by an injury.  It was the only season in which Joe did not qualify for the state tournament.

The Mondragon family moved to North Carolina in 2013 before Joe’s Junior year.  As the father explained “we wanted to move near the ocean.  The sand here comes with water and we wanted that change.” he beamed.  In his first season in North Carolina Joe was undefeated until the conference tournament.  This was in spite of missing a month of action due to a severe infection from an insect bite.  He resumed practice a few days before the conference tournament. His first loss of the season was in the finals to a previously beaten opponent.  His second loss was in the Regional finals.  He earned a 5th place medal at the state tournament and finished with a (23-4) record.
Joe’s future plans are undecided yet he is looking to focus on an apprenticeship in a family business back in Utah.  After this season stopped wrestling but “…the wrestling itch is coming back and he is considering eventually wrestling again at a junior college or even a four year college out west.” His father shared.

Previous award winners were De’Andre Jones (2014) of New Bern, Alex Bray (2013) of Croatan, Jon Wiley (2012) of South Brunswick, Marquin Hill (2011) of Washington H.S., Branden Lietz (2010) of J.H. Rose, Mamour Camara (2009) of Louisburg, Anthony Rogers (2008) of Knightdale, Ngu Tran (2007) of C.B. Aycock, Victor Hojillo (2006) of West Carteret, Raymond Jordan (2004) of New Bern, Shaun Sheffield (2003) of Havelock, David Pelsang (2005), and Paris Dottery (2002) of White Oak.

The TakeDown Report promotes amateur wrestling in eastern North Carolina and sponsors the Award.  “The award is to recognize the most successful wrestler in the area each year.” Fleming noted, “It encourages the young men from the teams in the eastern part of the state with an opportunity to realize the hard work, determination and discipline it takes to be a top notch wrestler,” he added.  The TakeDown Report is in its’ 18th year of operations in North Carolina encouraging media coverage of the sport.  Contact the TDR at martinkfleming@gmail.com.

James Johnson started wrestling in his junior year for D.H. Conley High School in Greenville with Milt Sherman as his coach.  James was Coney’s 1st state champion in any sport in 1976.  He was North Carolina’s 1st Eastern Junior National Champion in 1975 and North Carolina’s 1st Junior Nationals All-American with 3rd in 1976.  He went on to start four years at the University of Kentucky.  He is now a sports consultant and coach for the Phoenix-based Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club. He also specializes in developing unique training for people of all fitness levels with a broad background in public speaking, sports training techniques, and health and fitness.  He was inducted as an “Outstanding American” in the North Carolina State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was a coach for the U.S.A. Olympic Greco-Roman team in London.

Before developing James Johnson, Inc., James served as a Public Relations/ Community Speaker for Sunkist worldwide.  He was on the USA National Wrestling team for 12 years, winning 3 National Championships, USA Athlete of the Year, AIM Christian Athlete of the Year, Olympic Team Alternate, and numerous accolades worldwide. He has been an Ambassador for the United States Olympic Committee, USA wrestling and The Sunkist Kids Wrestling organization for over 16 years. More at http://jjchamp3x.com/.

Joe Mondragon with the J.J. Award       A.D. Roy Turner, Joe Mondragon, Neal Dorow
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May 24, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TDR Top 12 Team at 160 Lbs. & Plaques

The ranking of all the wrestlers at 160 lbs. in the TDR Top 12.  State Champion Angel Najar of North Pitt  in the 2A State Championships and is the top ranked wrestler in eastern N.C.

1 Najar, Angel North Pitt 160 2A 12 59 1 0.983 1 1st
2 Scott, Anthony Croatan 160 2A 12 46 16 0.742 2 4th
3 Smith, Cameron Corinth Holders 160 3A 10 24 5 0.828 1 w2
4 Higgs, Austin South Granville 160 2A 11 31 8 0.795 1 L2
5 Vaccaro, Dakota West Carteret 160 3A 11 33 13 0.717 2 w1
6 Younger, Devin Franklinton 160 2A 11 36 14 0.720 2 L2
7 Henderson, Alexander Rocky Mount 160 3A 11 37 12 0.755 4 w1
8 Nelson, Michael West Brunswick 160 3A 11 29 10 0.744 3 L2
9 Carlock, Johnathan Southern Vance 160 2A 12 23 10 0.697 4 w1
10 Decker, Jared First Flight 160 2A 12 24 12 0.667 3 L2
11 smith, jamarris Tarboro 160 1A 12 21 9 0.700 4 L2

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May 23, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TDR Top 12 Team at 152 Lbs. Plaques

The ranking of all the wrestlers at 152 lbs. in the TDR Top 12.  P.J. Connors of Currituck County placed 5th in the 2A State Championships and is the top ranked wrestler in eastern N.C.

1 Connors, PJ Currituck 152 2A 11 49 4 0.925 1 5th
2 Gabriele, Austin Ashley 152 4A 12 42 6 0.875 2 6th
3 McCann, John Northside (Jacksonville) 152 2A 12 33 7 0.825 4 6th
4 Garay, Kevin Havelock 152 3A 12 43 10 0.811 1 w2
5 Walker, Anthony North Brunswick 152 2A 12 40 8 0.833 3 w1
6 Studebaker, Beau East Carteret 152 1A 9 41 9 0.820 3 w1
7 Edwards, Travonye Farmville Central 152 2A 12 34 7 0.829 2 L2
8 Wallace, Josh CB Aycock 152 3A 10 42 8 0.840 4 L2
9 Morris, Dylan Jacksonville 152 3A 12 41 13 0.759 2 L2
10 Hall, William Bunn 152 2A 12 19 6 0.760 3 L2
11 Reiss, Evan Rosewood 152 1A 12 40 13 0.755 4 L2

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May 22, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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