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Lejeune High's George Vrachnos Captures State 1A Title

Mainz placed third, McDonough finishes fourth at Greensboro

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Camp Lejeune, NC | February 18, 2019

Lejeune's George Vrachnos won the state 1-A 152-pound wrestling title Saturday night.
Lejeune's George Vrachnos won the state 1-A 152-pound wrestling title Saturday night. | Photo: Jaclyn Shambaugh/Gatehouse Media

Mainz placed third, McDonough finishes fourth in Greensboro

Lejeune High School’s George Vrachnos ended his high school wrestling career with the ultimate accomplishment.

Vrachnos defeated Mount Airy’s Austin Tumbarello 10-4 to win the 1A state title Saturday in the 152-pound weight class at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The 17-year old wrestler ended his season with a 45-7 record.

Vrachnos opened a 5-0 lead after the first period and extended it to 8-0 after the second period and cruised to the victory in the third.

The senior wrestler for Lejeune won by 14-1 major decision over Avery County's James Russ in Friday’s state quarterfinal. He followed that with a 13-5 major decision over Uwharrie Charter’s Jerry Jimenez.

Freshman Stephen Mainz completed his first year of wrestling at Lejeune High with a medal. He took third place at 106 pounds, winning by major decision 9-3 over Uwharrie Charter’s Heaven Fitch.

Mainz defeated Cherokee's Norton Jacob by pin at the 1:45 mark of the first period. He lost in the second round, but came back with a 16-2 major decision over Rosewood’s Logan Tortual in the third round.

Lejeune High’s Keegan McDonough placed fourth in the state at 145 pounds. During the tournament, he recorded a third-period pin over Swain County's Lucas Brown, but fell in the second round 5-2 to  Rosewood’s Jordan Todd won by points 5-2. He wrestled his way into the third-place match by winning a 10-0 major decision over Mountain Island Charter’s Israel Maltba before getting pinned by Uwharrie Charter’s Caleb Bryant.

As a team, Lejeune High placed eighth with 45 points. Uwharrie Charter won the team tournament title with 99.5 points.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's print edition of The Globe. 


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