Ryan Davis has been waiting for this moment since the end of last season – the chance to get back to the state championships.
This time, the defending 3A state runner-up wants to finish it off.
Havelock’s senior once against qualified for next weekend’s 3A state championships in Greensboro. He punched his ticket with a win in the championship finals of Sunday’s East Regional in Rocky Mount.
Davis beat Corinth Holders Cameron Brewer 4-1 in the title match of the 138-pound weight class.
“(Ryan) is fired up and ready to go,” said Havelock coach Tommy Andrews. “He is wrestling in the weight class he wants to be in. I don’t see anything getting in his way of his goals.”
John Ellis beat Southern Nash’s Jacoby Benjamin 4-1 to join Davis as Havelock’s two regional champions.
“Both of them were extremely pumped up,” Andrews said. “They pushed the pace and wrestled their match all weekend long.
“We told them at the start that if they did wrestle like that, nobody would be able to touch them.”
Havelock’s Javar Godette, at 152 pounds, lost to Rocky Mount’s Joseph Cooper in the championship finals, earning second-place and a trip to the state championships.
“Javar put out a great effort,” Andrews said. “His main goal was to qualify for states and he succeeded. We will see how far he goes next weekend.”
Ramone Lawson, the Rams’ 145-pounder, made it to the consolation finals before losing and placing fourth in the tournament.
The top four seeds in each weight class earned a bid to the state championships, which begins on Thursday.
“Ramone did great,” Andrews said. “He was disappointed in his finish but that’s what we want to see from him. He is still going.”
All of Havelock’s wrestlers won at least one match in the regional tournament.
Adam Thompson is a reporter for the Sun Journal.