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Kostis Wins Another Title PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 17:40

Senior Demetre Kostis became the first Watauga High wrestler in memory to win consecutive titles at the highly-touted Tiger Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday.

Kostis, a state qualifier last season, marched his way to the title with three consecutive wins. Following a first-round bye, Kostis (34-1) defeated Brandon Ahuna of Piedmont by pinfall  in 95 seconds in the second round. He followed that up by pinning Kyle Summers of Corneilus-Hough in just 22 seconds in his quarterfinal match.

Kostis continued his torrid pace by pinning Austin Harrison of Wilmington-Laney in 5:47 in the semifinal round. And Kostis finished things off by defeating Garrett Hinton of Fayetteville-Jack Britt 8-5 in the finals.

Jacob Rutz was the only other member of the Pioneers to place at the Tiger Classic. He finished fourth at 220 pounds. Rutz (26-8), who received a first-round bye, defeated Juan Willis of Mooresville by pinfall (2:52) in the second round.

But Rutz was pinned Taylor Podhouser of Chattahoocee (Ga.) in 2:21 in the quarterfinals. But despite the loss, Rutz worked his way into the third-place match through the consolation round.

Rutz began his quest by pinning Kyle Dawson of Orange in 2:04 in his first consolation match; he posted a 5-1 win against  Ricky Yarborough of Trinity in his second consolation match; he earned a 7-4 win over Grant Bowman of Wilmington-Laney in the consolation semifinals before he suffered a 7-3 loss the third-place match to Caleb Spurlin of Galax (Va.).

Team-wise, the Pioneers finished 13th with 81.5 points. Seven of the nine wrestlers they had in the field scored. Fayetteville-Jack Britt won the tournament with 287.5 points. The Buccaneers had five champions in the field. Chattahoocee (Ga.) finished a distant second with 188.5 points.

Photo Courtesy: Jacob Rutz and Demetre Kostis, WHS Athletics


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