The Union Pines wrestling team won the Eastern championship in the State Team Duals Tournament Wednesday night. The Vikings came into the tournament as a No. 1 seed in the 3A tournament. The Vikings will be facing Fred T. Foard in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship match at Greensboro Coliseum Saturday at 4 p.m.
This week, the Vikings defeated Harnett Central in round one, 74-6. In round two, they defeated Westover, 64-18. In round three, the Vikings defeated Currituck, 42-38. In the fourth round, they defeated Orange County.
After a great season, Pinecrest fell short of the 4A state championship but took home the 4A East region runner up. They end their season, 23-1.
The Patriots were ranked No. 1 and hosted during the tournament. They defeated East Chapel Hill in round one. In round two, they defeated Wakefield. In round three, the Patriots defeated Newborn, 51-19. In round four, they lost, 40-21, against Laney.
Feature photo: The Union Pines wrestling team celebrates Wednesday night after rounds three and four. Photo credit: Roger Coble.
~Article by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Curtis Self.