Eastern wrestling earned third place finish at local tournament

Eastern Alamance's wrestling squad, pictured above after winning the Alamance County Duals in December, placed third this past weekend at the Andy Hawks Duals tournament at Cummings. The Eagles defeated Bartlett Yancey, Graham, and Southern Alamance before taking down Williams to earn their third place finish. Eastern's only loss over the weekend was to tournament champion Southwestern Randolph.

Eastern Alamance’s wrestling team took home a third place finish this past weekend at the Andy Hawks Duals event at Cummings High. EAHS was one of ten teams that made their way to Burlington for the two-day tournament, where they picked up a 4-1 overall record in five dual team matches.

The third place finish was the latest in a series of strong performances for the Eagles at various tournaments. EAHS placed second in its host Eagle Invitational tournament in December a couple of weeks after winning the Alamance County Duals event at Southern Alamance. The Eagles also picked up dual team victories on January 16 with a 71-12 win over the Durham School of the Arts, and a 63-18 triumph over East Chapel Hill. 

Other participating schools along with the Eagles at the Andy Hawks Duals event at Cummings over the weekend included host Cummings, as well as Eastern Guilford, East Chapel Hill, Chatham Central, Williams, Southern Alamance, Graham, Bartlett Yancey, and Southwestern Randolph.   

The Eagles earned their third place result with a 53-30 team victory over inter-county rival Williams. Eastern was dominant in its 84-0 victory over Graham, earning a series of individual victories and forfeits on their way to a shutout of the Red Devils. EAHS also looked strong in a 57-24 win over Bartlett Yancey in Pool B competition. 

The Eagles also picked up a narrow 42-37 victory over Southern Alamance - EAHS’s second victory over the Patriots this winter including the Eagles’ triumph in the December Alamance County Duals. Eastern’s only team loss over the weekend was a tough 47-24 setback to Southwestern Randolph, the eventual event champion. 

EAHS returns to the mat Thursday evening for a road Mid-State Conference battle with rival Western Alamance, to be followed the following Wednesday night with a Senior Night clash with McMichael in Mebane. 

The postseason for the Eagle grapplers is right around the corner. Eastern Alamance hosts the Mid-State Conference wrestling tournament on Saturday, February 1. The following week begins the NCHSAA 3A dual team state playoffs, with the NCHSAA 3A individual Regionals to come on February 14-15, and the NCHSAA individual State Championships in the Greensboro Coliseum between February 20 and 22.