McMichael Defeates Newton-Conover for Title

MAYODAN, N.C. --- McMichael scored a 36-32 victory over visiting Newton-Conover on Saturday night in Mayodan to earn the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's state 2-A dual team wrestling championship.

McMichael, the 2004 champion, was in the finals for the second time in four years and finished the dual meet season with a record of 45-12.

Newton-Conover made its initial visit to the state dual team finals. The Red Devils lost for only the third time in 46 starts.

McMichael won the first eight matches of the championship to take a commanding 36-0 lead, coming from behind in the first two matches to win by pins, and then wound up forfeiting the last five weight classes with the outcome decided.

Chris Bullins of McMichael, wrestling at 171 pounds, was named the Most Valuable Wrestler of the championship match.

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