Wrestling champions emerge from Currituck County
Published 4:47 pm Monday, February 17, 2020
On Feb. 7 and 8, Currituck County middle and elementary schoolers competed in the NCHSAA Middle School and Elementary State Championships Concord. Of the children that competed, three middle school state champions and one elementary state champion emerged to represent Currituck.
The wrestling meet was presented by NC USA Wrestling, a state-affiliated organization that works to foster wrestling in the state of North Carolina.
According to Elissa Cooper, “the best in NC showed up to compete.” Approximately 1200 wrestlers from around the state entered the competition. This year marked the 38th annual junior high state wrestling championship and the 20th annual elementary state wrestling championship.
Cooper said that Currituck County had three champions make it to the top of the podium: Ethan Binkley, Percie Hatfield and Marshall Cooper. “This was a huge challenge for these kids,” she mentioned. The winners included students from Moyock Middle School (Marshall and Percie), Currituck Middle School (Ethan) and the Elementary State Champion Easten Binkley from Central Elementary.
“We are so proud of both the kids and coaches that have clearly put the time and training in to make this happen,” Cooper said. Coaches for Currituck Middle School are Head Coach Clint Belangia and Assistant Coach Trevor Binkley. Coaches for Moyock Middle School are Head Coach Calvin Hatfield and Assistant Coach Tommy Schuster.
Other finishers included Jayden Schuster of Moyock Middle School, who placed fourth in weight class 86, Wyatt Noser of Moyock Middle School, who placed fourth in weight class 78 and Elijah Binkley of Currituck Middle School, who placed second in weight class 147.