Laney wrestlers finish on top


Laney's David Bostian pins Ashley's Madison Smith in the 106-pound semifinals of the Mideastern Conference individual wrestling tournament Saturday at Laney High School. (Photo by Jeff Janowski)


With wins in the first and last bouts and five in between, host Laney cruised to an easy victory at the Mideastern Conference individual wrestling tournament on Saturday.

The Buccaneers also won the conference dual-team tournament in January with relative ease.

“It’s a great feeling,” Laney coach Jon Mauney said. “I pulled them in this morning after we all made weight and explained to them that weeks ago was step one and now to do the other one.”

Setting the tone for the Bucs was 106-pounder David Bostian, who wore an FM transceiver to hear his coach for the first time this season.

Bostian won a 12-2 major decision over Rose’s Zachary Thomas.

The conference gives seeds based on records from the dual-team tournament. Since some wrestlers didn’t make weight at that event, a few potential final matchups turned into first-round bouts.

At 106, Bostian was primed for a championship match against New Bern’s Nick Wheeler, whom he lost to earlier in the season. Instead, the two wrestled in the first round and Bostian prevailed with an 8-4 decision.

“The microphone made a difference,” Bostian said. “I probably wouldn’t have scored as much if I wouldn’t have had that.”

The same thing happened at 132 pounds. Laney’s Russell Harrison was the No. 8 seed and knocked off top-seeded Jon Sherman of New Bern in overtime in the first round.

Harrison went on to get a pin in the semifinals and won the title with an 8-2 win over Rose’s James Wagner.

“That would be the easiest way to do it so you avoid that situation,” Mauney said about the possibility of having the coaches seed the wrestlers.

Other winners for Laney were Joey Weible, Marcel Burns, Brian Capps, Grant Bowman and Larry Williams.

Ashley’s Victor Sosa was named the conference’s wrestler of the year following the tournament. Sosa earned a 16-5 victory over Laney’s Adan Hardy at 113.

New Bern 182-pounder DeAndre Jones spent the least amount of time on the mat. He received a bye in the first round, recorded a 20-second pin in the semifinals and another pin in 1:06 in the finals over Hoggard’s Arec Moore.