State Champions Michael Queen and Nick Daggett!

At the conclusion of championship Saturday for the individual wrestling state championships, Chatham County had two guys claim the title. Northwood’s Michael Queen capped off his senior season by taking gold after defeating John Harris from Rockingham County in the 3A 182 lb. division. With the victory, Queen finished his season with a 60-3 overall record. In route to his championship Michael had two pins, a technical fall, and a decision in his victories:

3A 182 – Michael Queen (56-3) placed 1st and scored 27.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Michael Queen (Northwood) 56-3 won by fall over Wesley Jackson (Fike) 40-7 (Fall 1:30)
Quarterfinal – Michael Queen (Northwood) 56-3 won by tech fall over Daniel Muncy (East Rowan) 30-10 (TF-     1.5 3:10 (15-0))
Semifinal – Michael Queen (Northwood) 56-3 won by fall over Patrick Peterson (Swansboro) 33-9 (Fall 1:03)
1st Place Match – Michael Queen (Northwood) 56-3 won by decision over John Harris (Rockingham County)     50-5 (Dec 3-0)

Defending state champion Nick Daggett of Chatham Central became a two time state champion after pinning Robbinsville’s Arlus Orr at the 4:40 mark in the 1A 113 lb. championship match. Daggett completed his junior season with a perfect 44-0 record and had two pins and a technical fall decision in the state tournament. Daggett’s quarterfinal victory came in just twenty-four seconds and set the tone for his defense of his state title:

1A 113 – Nick Daggett (41-0) placed 1st and scored 23.50 team points.
Quarterfinal – Nick Daggett (Chatham Central) 41-0 won by fall over Luis Osorno (Mt. Airy) 11-13 (Fall 0:24)
Semifinal – Nick Daggett (Chatham Central) 41-0 won by tech fall over Raquavius Hopkins (Tarboro) 25-6         (TF-1.5 3:09 (18-2))
1st Place Match – Nick Daggett (Chatham Central) 41-0 won by fall over Arlus Orr (Robbinsville) 28-11 (Fall       4:40)

Also placing in the individual state tournament for Chatham County were Hunter Queen and John Dunning of Northwood. Hunter finished second in the 3A 160 lb. weight class after tough semifinal and championship battles. The junior charger, and younger brother of Michael Queen, finished a very solid season with a 56-7 record and will look to contend for a title again next year. Dunning placed sixth in his senior campaign. John had some tough draws in the state tournament and finished his season with a very respectable 54-13 record.

Congratulations to all of the Chatham County wrestlers on their accomplishments this year. We know it is a grueling sport and respect the time and effort you put forth during the season.

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