Gage McSwain won his first two matches Friday at the 1A West Regional wrestling tournament in Mount Airy

Four Polk County wrestlers remained alive in the championship bracket after the first day of the 1A West Regional wrestling tournament in Mount Airy.

Collier Foster, Preston Burnett, Gage McSwain and Trey Thompson each advanced to the regional semifinals, set for Saturday. Each of the four will need just one win at some point during the day to secure a berth in next week’s state tournament.

Polk County’s five other regional entrants remain alive in the consolation bracket and will look Saturday to fight their way through to a state championship berth. The top four wrestlers in each weight class earn a spot in the state tournament in Greensboro.

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Champ. Round 1 – Alan Lopez (East Wilkes) won by major decision over Tori Strickland (Polk County), 12-3

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Quarterfinal – Collier Foster (Polk County) won by fall over John Parton (Swain County) (Fall 5:58)

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Quarterfinal – Bryson Church (Alleghany) won by decision over Satchel McCoy (Polk County), 6-2

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Champ. Round 1 – Preston Burnett (Polk County) won by fall over Marcus Kephart (Murphy) (Fall 0:59)
Quarterfinal – Preston Burnett (Polk County) won by major decision over Ryan Riffle (Cherryville), 14-3

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Champ. Round 1 – Connor Medvar (Mount Airy) won by fall over Deacon Nodine (Polk County) (Fall 0:53)

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Champ. Round 1 – Levi Collins (North Stokes) won by fall over Bryson Mccraw (Polk County) (Fall 2:34)

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Champ. Round 1 – Jacob Knighton (Polk County) won by fall over Kamron McGuire (Robbinsville) (Fall 4:56)
Quarterfinal – Bradley Parker (Avery County) won by tech fall over Jacob Knighton (Polk County), 17-2

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Champ. Round 1 – Gage McSwain (Polk County) won by decision over Charles Collins (East Wilkes),9-7
Quarterfinal – Gage McSwain (Polk County) won by fall over Ian Crowe (Cherokee) (Fall 3:21)

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Champ. Round 1 – Trey Thompson (Polk County) won by fall over Domenico Coppola (East Surry) (Fall 1:14)
Quarterfinal – Trey Thompson (Polk County) won by fall over Jimmy Miller (Andrews) (Fall 2:29)

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