Preston Burnett and Trey Thompson highlighted a successful day for Polk County wrestling, each qualifying for next week’s state tournament with their showing Saturday at the 1A West Regional in Robbinsville.

Burnett fought through the consolation bracket in the 126-pound class to a third-place finish while Thompson battled to a fourth-place finish at 170 pounds, both earning a berth in the state 1A tournament that begins Friday at the Greensboro Coliusem.

The two wrestlers are the first from Polk County to qualify for the state tournament since Chase Emory in 2015.

Polk County’s team, meanwhile, placed ninth in the 25-team field. Both Collier Foster at 106 pounds and Brennan Worthington at 132 pounds reached the consolation semifinals, falling just one win short of a trip to the state tournament.

Western Highlands Conference foe Avery earned the 1A West Regional team title, finishing with 208 points, just ahead of Robbinsville’s 200.5 Swain (182.5), Mount Airy (105) and East Wilkes (101) rounded out the top five.

Polk County’s results Saturday included:

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 1 – Collier Foster (PC) p.Keira Segarra (Bradford Prep)
Cons. Round 2 – Collier Foster (PC) p. Isaac Moody (Mitchell)
Cons. Round 3 – Collier Foster (PC) d. Brandon Ropp (Rosman), 4-2
Cons. Semi – David Javier (Elkin) p. Collier Foster

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 1 – Tori Strickland (PC) won by forfeit over Allen Ledford (Swain County)
Cons. Round 2 – Hunter Fulp (North Stokes) p. Tori Strickland (PC)

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 1 – Spencer Truesdale (Union Academy) d. Satchel McCoy (PC), 6-4

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 2 – Preston Burnett (PC) p. Micaiah Sechler (Queens Grant)
Cons. Round 3 – Preston Burnett (PC) p. Eli Farmer (Andrews)
Cons. Semi – Preston Burnett (PC) d. Franklin Bennett (Mount Airy), 7-6
3rd Place Match – Preston Burnett (PC) p. Dylan Vandeventer (East Wilkes)

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 2 – Brennan Worthington (PC) d. Isaac Williams (Union Academy), 4-3
Cons. Round 3 – Brennan Worthington (PC) p. Josh Loftis (North Rowan)
Cons. Semi – Sebastian Perna (Mountain Island Charter) maj. dec. Brennan Worthington (PC), 16-6

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 1 – Jacob Knighton (PC) p. Willow Chance (Rosman)
Cons. Round 2 – Sterlin Holbrook (Starmount) tech. fall Jacob Knighton (PC)

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 1 – Cole Papageorgious (Bradford Prep) p. Bryson McCraw (PC)

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 1 – Kaden Jobe (PC) d. David Meyer (Starmount), 4-3
Cons. Round 2 – Braden Taylor (Cherokee) p. Kaden Jobe (PC)

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 2 – Trey Thompson (PC) p. Brandon Esparza (East Wilkes)
Cons. Round 3 – Trey Thompson (PC) p. Dalton James (Thomas Jefferson)
Cons. Semi – Trey Thompson (PC) d. Kody Blevins (Alleghany), 8-4
3rd Place Match – Luke Rayfield (Cherryville) p. Trey Thompson (PC)

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 1 – Samuel Shook (Mitchell) p. Carlos Sedano (PC)

Consolation Round

Cons. Round 1 – Nate Kiebler (Mount Airy) won by forfeit over Harrison Waddell (PC)

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