Super 32 Wrestling Challenge:The Battle for the Belt in Greensboro

Posted by Andy Durham on October 20, 2007 at 3:10 pm under High School | Read the First Comment

Major high school wrestling tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum and the winners actually get a belt for taking the title even though this is amateur wrestling. The tournament used to be held in Eden, N.C. at Morehead High School.

The Super 32 is taking every precaution with the worry about MRSA infections that have been reported in the area. Mats have been cleaned repeatedly and will be cleaned often during the event to ensure the safety of the wrestlers. Not everyone passed skin checks, some were referred to doctors and everybody came back clean, so we’re in the clear. While championship matches are only four minutes (2-1-1), that didn’t stop some of the best names in wrestling from showing up.

The only seed to fall in the early action was Virginia’s Tyler Spangler of St. Christopher’s. An All-American in Greco-Roman and former California resident, Spangler was defated by Mike Morales of Brick, N.J. early on at 119. As stated elsewhere, the tournament was seeded, but the bracket placements are in a “non-traditional” format. Basically, that means 1-8 will still meet in the quarters, but it won’t happen in the top half primarily. All the seeds 1-8 will meet in the quarters, 4-5, 2-7, 3-6’s … will all do the same.

So far, we’ve seen coaches from North Carolina, Campbell, Gardner-Webb, Ohio U., Ohio State, Appalachian State, Rider, Virginia Tech, Columbia, American, Bloomsburg, Bucknell, Carson-Newman, Edinboro, King College, Northern Illinois, Penn, Washington & Lee and Elizabethtown.

Two upsets in the light weights have some of us up here scratching our heads trying to confirm the result. The first being Ian Paddock of New York falling to Robert Blotzer of South Allegheny, Pa. 6-3. Still looking for a confirmation off the bracket at 130. At 135, we’re looking for the same as New Jersey state placewinner Cody Fobes is reported to have dropped a 4-2 match to Michigan eighth-grader Taylor Massa. *****These results have been confirmed.AD/ED*****

Solid matches to keep an eye on this next round will be Kenneth Courts, a highly touted freshman from Central Dauphin, Pa. and Kansas’ C.J. Napier. Also at 135, Zac Coulas of Ocean Township, N.J., will be facing Chase Skonieczny of Walsh Jesuit Ohio in a battle of state placers. Stephen Bonanno of Wantaugh, N.Y. will face Filberto Colon of Belleville, N.J. in a solid matchup at 119 pounds with the winner likely facing Davison’s Bryan Rickard. Hickory, Va., state placewinner Josh Gillis will square off with Salem, N.H., scrapper Trevor Deardon.

Fauquier, Va., senior David Yost picked up a 3-1 victory over Buchanan, Calif.,’s Justin Arredondo at 130 pounds.

Excellent coverage by way of www.intermatwrestle.com…..They are in town and have this high school wrestling tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum covered like a Army Blanket. Jason Bryant is the new “King of the Mat Reporters” and the 28 year-old just bought a new house and will be glad to get back home after the tournament.

This is a one-day only tournament with 20 wrestling mats set and in use at the Greensboro Coliseum. Coach Cox of Southeast Guilford is one of the locals working at the tournament. For continuing coverage go to www.intermatwrestle.com. That is the hot-spot for the tournamnet. It’s the Super 32 Wrestling Challenge:The Battle for the Belt.


  • jamos24 said,

    As far as I know, Grimsley still hosts The Greensboro Invitational Wrestling Tournament every fall, usually the weekend following the Thanksgiving holiday ( which is no fun for the guys like me who had to cut 7-10 lbs to make weight each match). But any ways, long story short, there needs to be a true GSO Wrestling Tourny, including all of the city schools, plus the county schools (which I believe is now a total of 15 high schools?). Grimsley could stil host a tournament that size, but they would need to borrow mats from other schools. It would be a great event, bragging rights, and a chance to see all of the talent in this County. I just remember there being only 7-10 teams when I wrestled, and only a few were actually from Guilford County. Maybe all of the schools could split the money collected at the door? I don’t know, but H.S. wrestling should recieve more attention down here. Wrestlers, are well conditioned atheletes, and endure a long grueling season. If you ever get a chance, check out a match at your favorite school, and I promise you will be thoroughly entertained.