Havelock senior Ryan Davis ended his high-school career with a bronze medal, placing third in the state 3A wrestling tournament over the weekend in Greensboro.
Davis, wrestling in the 138-pound weight class, reached the semifinals where he lost 7-0 to eventual state champion Billy Benfield of Sun Valley High School. However, in the third-place match, he defeated Chris Hunt of St. Stephens 7-3 to finish his high school career with his second-consecutive medal in state competition. Last year, Davis placed second.
Davis was Havelock’s top finisher at the state tournament. He finished his career with 188 victories three shy of the school record for wins.
John Ellis, wrestling at 160 pounds, came home in fourth place for the tournament. He also advanced to the semifinals but fell 3-2 to Sun Valley’s Logan Farlowe, who went on to win the state title and finished his season unbeaten at 58-0.
After getting a 2-1 overtime victory to reach the consolation championship match, Ellis lost 3-2 to Brandon Sloop, finishing fourth.
“It was definitely one of the toughest matches I’ve ever had,” Ellis said of his semifinal match. “The guy (Farlowe) was undefeated for a reason. To go from pretty much nothing my freshman year to fourth in the state now is a pretty great accomplishment.”
Ellis finished among the top 10 Havelock wrestlers in career victories.
Both Davis and Ellis were 3A regional champions.
“A lot of times at states, your semifinal matches can be harder than the championship match,” Havelock assistant coach Chase Holleman said. “Ryan and John both lost to great wrestlers, who wrestled in 4A a year ago. You don’t have to win a state championship to be one of the best wrestlers to ever walk your school’s hallways and those two guys definitely are that.”
The Rams had two other wrestlers qualify for the state championship, with Javar Godette (152) winning two matches before eventually placing in a tie for seventh place.
Ramone Lawson (145) lost 1-0 in overtime in his first-round match and won a match in the consolation bracket but was eliminated in the next round.
Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.