It took a while, four times as a matter of fact, but in the long run all that hard work finally paid off. Watauga High senior Demetre Kostis won the 132 pound championship Saturday night at the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships at the Greensboro Coliseum. Kostis decisioned Garrett Hinton

of Fayetteville-Jack Britt 2-1 to take the title. Kostis becomes WHS' first state champion since 2006, and the first place finisher for the Pioneers since 2008.