Wade, a sophomore, defeated Morris Andujar J.M. Robinson by forfeit before he defeated Tyler Gonzalez of Overhills 17-2 in Friday's quarterfinals. The Pioneers haven't had a place finisher since 2008, and a state champion since 2006.
Michael Elliott (34-2) of Ashe County advanced to the Class 2A state quarterfinals on Friday with an 8-1 win against Nathan Reitzel of Newton-Conover. Elliott defeated Gerald Watkins of Burlington-Cummings by tech fall, 20-3, in the opening round on Friday morning.
Shawn Baker (195 pounds) and Mitchell Brown (220) were both eliminated on Friday.
Baker (21-12) was pinned by Anthony Brogdon of South Granville in 2:53, and he was pinned by Charlie Bosshard of Hendersville in 2:44 in his first consolation match. Brown (22-14) was pinned by Tywon Bond of Holmes in 2:29 in his first-round match; Brown was eliminated as he lost to William Pressley of Barlett Yancey by pinfall in 1:51.
In Class 1A, Ty Franklin (49-2) of Avery advanced to the state semifinals in the 132 pound weight class as he knocked off Ricardo Gabriel of Manteo by major decision, 16-4 in his first-round, quarterfinal match. Ryan Sheppard (37-10) of the Vikings defeated Curtis Brown of Chatham Central 8-2 in his first-round match at 195 pounds.
Jeff Vick of South Davidson pinned Kyle Ward (19-21) in 25 seconds in their first-round, quarterfinal match at 220 pounds. Kaleb Taylor of Rosewood pinned Blake Johnson (26-21) of the Vikings in 3:46 in their first-round match in the heavyweight division.
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