Wrestling is just another sport at Havelock High School that has a laundry list of success.


Wrestling is just another sport at Havelock High School that has a laundry list of success.



This year, the Rams missed out on the Coastal 3A Conference championship, and a deep run in the state dual team championships.



However, they will send four to the individual state championships in Greensboro this weekend.



Seniors Javar Godette (152 pounds), Ryan Davis (138), Ramone Lawson (145) and John Ellis (160) will compete for the title in their respective weight classes. Davis and Ellis were champions last weekend at the east regional tournament.



Havelock assistant coach Chase Holleman refers to his quartet as “The Four Horsemen.”



“The brackets all look good for our guys. I think they all have a great shot at winning their first matches Thursday night,” Holleman said.



Wrestlers have to win four matches to be the state champion.



Davis and Ellis have competed at the state tournament previously, including last year, and have been helping Lawson and Godette in preparation for the event.



“It’s a huge stage, I mean in the Greensboro Coliseum, a lot of eyes are on you, but John and I told Ramone and Javar it’s not just another match,” said Davis, who placed second in the state last year. “It will be a lot of different for them.”



Ellis told his teammates to expect to wrestle great competition over the weekend.



“You know, every match you wrestle, you are wrestling a great wrestler that earned his spot there just like we did,” Ellis said.



Lawson lost 1-0 to West Craven’s Robert Baker at the East Regionals, placing fourth.



“John (Ellis) has really helped me a lot,” Lawson said. “He goes all-out, 100 percent in practice every day and going against him has made me a lot better wrestler.”



Godette placed second at the regionals. He said he is coming for victory this weekend.



“I’m focused man, I’m coming to win,” he said.



The grapplers will each wrestle their first-round matches Thursday night before continuing Friday with the championship rounds on Saturday.



Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.