By Outer Banks Voice on January 23, 2023
On Saturday Jan. 21, the First Flight Nighthawks wrestling team won the Northeastern Coastal Conference Tournament, edging out Currituck with Manteo placing third. Rounding out the competition were Pasquotank, Northeastern, Holmes, and Hertford. Said First Flight head coach Russell Kepler, “This time of year, all teams are working with injuries and illnesses. If we can stay healthy, I’m hopeful that this could be a good year for us.” Next up is the dual team match against Currituck on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The Manteo wrestling team finished first among the 2A competitors at the tournament. Its champs included Dylan Polatty (160 lbs.) and Riley Perciful (170 lbs.). Runner ups were Thalia Aguirre Gomez (106), Ben Hajtun (113), Hector Calderon (120), and Landon Spencer (220). Third place finishers were Jackson Donahue (138) and Nick Brewster (195). Joe Campbell finished in fourth at 145.
Also, congratulations to Manteo wrestling coach Jimmy Metzinger for being named NCC Conference Coach of the Year.