Mainz placed third, McDonough finishes fourth in Greensboro
Lejeune High School’s George Vrachnos ended his high school wrestling career with the ultimate accomplishment.
Vrachnos defeated Mount Airy’s Austin Tumbarello 10-4 to win the 1A state title Saturday in the 152-pound weight class at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The 17-year old wrestler ended his season with a 45-7 record.
Vrachnos opened a 5-0 lead after the first period and extended it to 8-0 after the second period and cruised to the victory in the third.
The senior wrestler for Lejeune won by 14-1 major decision over Avery County's James Russ in Friday’s state quarterfinal. He followed that with a 13-5 major decision over Uwharrie Charter’s Jerry Jimenez.
Freshman Stephen Mainz completed his first year of wrestling at Lejeune High with a medal. He took third place at 106 pounds, winning by major decision 9-3 over Uwharrie Charter’s Heaven Fitch.
Mainz defeated Cherokee's Norton Jacob by pin at the 1:45 mark of the first period. He lost in the second round, but came back with a 16-2 major decision over Rosewood’s Logan Tortual in the third round.
Lejeune High’s Keegan McDonough placed fourth in the state at 145 pounds. During the tournament, he recorded a third-period pin over Swain County's Lucas Brown, but fell in the second round 5-2 to Rosewood’s Jordan Todd won by points 5-2. He wrestled his way into the third-place match by winning a 10-0 major decision over Mountain Island Charter’s Israel Maltba before getting pinned by Uwharrie Charter’s Caleb Bryant.
As a team, Lejeune High placed eighth with 45 points. Uwharrie Charter won the team tournament title with 99.5 points.
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