Laney wins five titles at Veterans Cup


West Brunswick's Dylan Daruzas (green) wrestles Laney's Joey Weible (white) during the 12th annual Veterans Cup at Ashley High School on January 19, 2013. The tournament included 16 high schools. (Photo by Photo by Matt Born)


Fresh off their Mideastern Conference team championship last weekend, the Laney wrestling team had another good showing Saturday at the 12th annual Veterans Cup Tournament at Ashley High School.

The Buccaneers claimed  five individual championships and finished second in the team standings behind Jacksonville, which also had five winners.

“Every weekend we go back to the drawing board and break down everything we can, and try to improve where we can. I’m seeing improvement every single time we hit the mat,” Laney coach Jon Mauney said. “I saw improvement today, and that’s what it’s all about because it’s coming up near the end of the season.”

The Bucs scored a win in the first bout of the finals, when freshman David Bostian avenged an early-season loss to White Oak’s Jamarcus Allen. Bostian scored a takedown and three nearfall points to build a 5-0 lead and added a reversal in the third period to secure a 7-4 victory.

“If you score first, then you are able to just work on your moves knowing you have a lead,” said Bostian, who improved to 26-6 on the season.

Other Laney winners were Cole Plott (32-8) at 138, Schyler Wagner (16-7) at 145, Marcel Burns (31-3) at 170 and Brian Capps (30-2) at 195.

Ashley’s Victor Sosa earned the most outstanding wrestler award following his 22-8 major decision victory over Laney’s Adan Hardy. Sosa, who is 32-1 this season, scored eight takedowns in the match.

South Brunswick’s Trent Allen won the most highly anticipated final of the night. He used a takedown and escape to defeat Jacksonville-Northside’s Trey Eason 3-0 at 220 pounds. Allen (22-0) is ranked No. 1 in 3A and Eason (26-2) is No. 8 in 2A.

West Brunswick heavyweight Marquis Brown won an ultimate tiebreak 4-3 decision over Hoggard’s Malik Moore. The match was tied at 2-2 after regulation, and then both wrestlers scored an escape in the second overtime period.

Brown won the match in the rideout session of overtime when Moore was called for locked hands, a technical violation that awards the opponent one point.

New Hanover was also represented in the finals, but Shane Milliner suffered a tough 4-3 loss to Jacksonville’s Christian Heisey at 152.

Veterans Cup

Team Points: Jacksonville 248, Laney 219, West Brunswick 169.5, Jacksonville-Northside 119, Hoggard 99.5, South Brunswick 82.5, West Craven 77.5, Ashley 71.5, North Brunswick 56, White Oak 44.5, Richlands 39, Swansboro 34, Trask 34, New Hanover 31.5, Clinton 24.5, Pender 7.

Championship Finals

106: David Bostian (Laney) dec. Jamarcus Allen (White Oak) 7-4

113: Victor Sosa (Ashley) major dec. Adan Hardy (Laney) 22-8

120: Xavier Ross (Jacksonville) major dec. Porfroio Bautista (West Brunswick) 17-4

126: Tyler Ross (Jacksonville) major dec. Campbell Alspaugh (West Brunswick) 13-3

132: Brandon Seward (Jacksonville) pin Russell Harrison (Laney) 1:33

138: Cole Plott (Laney) dec. Robert Baker (West Craven) 6-4

145: Schyler Wagner (Laney) dec. Matt Laffery (Jacksonville-Northside) 9-4

152: Christian Heisey (Jacksonville) dec. Shane Milliner (New Hanover) 4-3

160: Juan Ramos (Jacksonville-Northside) dec. Dylan Darguzas (West

Brunswick) 1-0

170: Marcel Burns (Laney) pin Homero Segura (North Brunswick) 1:52

182: Josh Childress (Jacksonville) major dec. Evin Bellamy (North Brunswick) 23-10

195: Brian Capps (Laney) pin Dakota Smith (West Brunswick) 2:52

220: Trent Allen (South Brunswick) dec. Trey Eason (Jacksonville-Northside) 3-0

285: Marquis Brown (West Brunswick) dec. Malik Moore (Hoggard) 4-3, OT