Scotland’s Benoit places 2nd at NCHSAA 4A championships


By Logan Martinez - [email protected]



Scotland wrestler Willis Benoit finished as the runner-up in the 152-pound bracket over the weekend at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A championships. Benoit’s only defeat this season was to South Caldwell’s Carl Guess in the title bout.


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GREENSBORO — Willis Benoit’s quest for a 4A state wrestling championship fell just short over the weekend, as the Scotland senior was defeated by South Caldwell’s Carl Guess in 152-pound title bout Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Benoit was one of two Scotland grapplers to participate in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association tournament — his teammate, senior Zitemus Henderson, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 126-pound bracket before dropping his next two matches.

Benoit and Henderson helped Scotland finish in a tie for 25th with 22 points. Southeast Guilford tallied the most points with 119.5, and Jack Britt was the runner-up with 111.5. More than 75 4A schools convened in Greensboro for the three-day event.

Benoit’s run through the tournament started on Thursday when he opened with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Glenn’s Jeremy Gonzalez. He then followed with another close win, this time defeating Leesville Road’s Cole Collins by a 4-2 decision in Friday’s quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Benoit scored his first pin of the tournament, downing Ben L. Smith’s Korey Cureton at the 5:45-mark.

That set the stage for Saturday’s championship round where Benoit faced off against Guess. The South Caldwell star, who is an Appalachian State commit and entered the match with a 54-1 record, notched his 55th victory when he defeated Benoit by decision, 3-0. The loss was Benoit’s first this season as the all-Southeastern Conference performer and 4A East Regional champion ends his year with a 17-1 record.

Henderson was also victorious in Thursday’s first-round action, as the 126-pounder rolled to an 8-4 decision over Broughton’s Nic Valdespino. But as was the case the last two seasons, Henderson’s bid for a state championship ended in the quarterfinals when he lost to Southeast Guilford’s David Grumby by technical fall, 18-3. Grumby, who finished the year with a 46-3 record, would go on to dominate the rest of the field en route to a 126-pound title.

Henderson dropped to the consolation bracket, where he was eliminated from the tournament by eventual fourth-place finisher Miles Grier of Ben L. Smith. Grier won by decision, 8-2. An all-SEC selection and a third-place finisher at the 4A East Regionals, Henderson concludes the season with a 15-3 mark.

Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.

Scotland wrestler Willis Benoit finished as the runner-up in the 152-pound bracket over the weekend at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A championships. Benoit’s only defeat this season was to South Caldwell’s Carl Guess in the title bout.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Beniot.jpgScotland wrestler Willis Benoit finished as the runner-up in the 152-pound bracket over the weekend at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A championships. Benoit’s only defeat this season was to South Caldwell’s Carl Guess in the title bout. Contributed photo

By Logan Martinez

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