The Tarboro Vikings have eight wrestlers competing in the 1-A NCHSAA regional event Saturday and Sunday for a spot in the state tournament, Vikings coach Andy Harding said.
Harding has been pleased with his team's overall performance this season and is excited about the regional event at Rosewood High School in Goldsboro.
He said four of the eight wrestlers who have a very good chance of advancing to the state tournament and some who he think could surprise others.
He thinks David Guevara will be able to possibly win the 113 pound weight class. Guevara is heading into the regional as the No. 2 seed with a 36-4 overall record. He has beaten five ranked opponents during that stretch. Last year, Guevara missed the state tournament, because of an injury that kept him sidelined.
"David has been our leader all year," Harding said. "He has turned himself into a tough, tough wrestler. He has the best chance to win the regional in his weight class."
Three others Harding thinks could make a run at a state tournament spot are Marquon Pettaway, 120 pounds, Joey Lancaster, 126 pounds, and Quandarrius Hopkins at 145 pounds.
"These three will all have to wrestle great tournaments to win," Harding said. "But they could realistically qualify."
To qualify for the state tournament, you must finish in the top four of your weight class.
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