Lejeune High School wrestling

From left: Stephen Mainz, Keegan McDonough, assistant coach Blake Peek, head coach Jim Gardiner, assisant coach Brett Becklund and Geroge Vrachnos pose for a photo after the 1A East Regional at Rosewood High School in Goldsboro, Feb. 9.

Vrachnos and Mainz snag regional titles, McDonough places third

Three Lejeune High School (LHS) wrestlers will get their shots at state titles when they compete in the 1A state championship tournament this weekend in Greensboro.

George Vrachnos (152 pounds), Stephen Mainz (106 pounds) and Keegan McDonough (145 pounds) punched their tickets by placing in the top four of the regional tournament at Rosewood High School in Goldsboro, Feb. 9.

Vrachnos and Mainz both won their respective weight class, claiming regional titles, while McDonough placed third.

Mainz won by major decision 13-0 over South Stanly’s Chris Ramirez in the second round after a first round bye. After that, Mainz wrestled against Granville Central’s Tristen Scott, winning by major decision 12-2 in the third round. In the championship match, Mainz defeated South Stokes’ Cody Lawson 6-4. The 14-year- old freshman moves to 40-6 this season for LHS.

Vrachnos dominated the 152-pound weight class, pinning each of his opponents on the way to the regional title. After a first-round bye, he defeated Matthew Leathers in 38 seconds and then needed 2 minutes and 41 seconds to take down Granville Central’s Shyliq Perry. He took down South Stokes’ Kaleb Mitchell in 3:43 in the championship match, improving his record to 42-7.

McDonough beat Uwharrie Charter’s Caleb Bryant 4-3 in the third-place match of the 145-pound weight class. He opened the tournament with a 16-0 technical fall and also took a 7-2 victory. His lone loss was 16-0 to Rosewood’s Jordan Todd, who went on to win the regional championship. McDonough sports a 33-15 record this season.

The state tournament is scheduled to start this upcoming Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum.