CHARLOTTE – Providence Day’s Nathaniel Friedman placed third in the 113-pound weight division and ran his individual record to 29-1 to pace area grapplers at the prestigious Holy Angels tournament that concluded Dec. 28 at the Bojangles’ Coliseum.
Friedman is a two-time defending NCISAA champion. He won his first title in 2017 in the 108-pound division, but last season went 41-3 and captured the 116-pound title.
Friedman is now 137-16 in his career.
At the Holy Angels, Friedman lost by decision to Poquoson’s Brett Poultney in the semifinals, but rebounded with two wins, including his second decision win of the day over Avery County’s Ethan Shell, to finish third.
Providence Day did not have additional individual placers, but the Chargers also got scoring bouts from Joey Ricco, Aidan Lorsson and Ben Joyner.
The Chargers topped all area team with 46 points, good for 44th overall in the 79-team field.
Here’s how other area teams fared:
Ardrey Kell (44.5 points, 47th place): Ishmael Williams (25-2) placed seventh in the 220-pound division. The Knights also got scoring bouts from Ismael Basquez, Josh Stewart, Anthony Rojas and Jose Hernandez.
Myers Park (39, 51st): The Mustangs didn’t have any individual placers, but got points from Aaron Redfearn, Jake Harkleroad, Gianmarco Price, William Lowery and Ryan Sklar.
Providence (32, 56th): The Panthers didn’t have any individual placers, but got points from David Satterfield, Noah Rupp, Jordan Cave, Amin Bakhtiari and William Cline.
Independence (30, 58th): The Patriots didn’t have any individual placers, but got points from Christopher Salazar, Isaac Strickland, Cameron McClure and Alex Jordan.
South Meck (21.5, 65th): Kyle Sanders (23-4) placed eighth in the 126-pound weight division to lead the Sabres, and South Meck also got scoring bouts from Cade Watrous and Ted Wright.
Charlotte Catholic (20, 66th): The Cougars had no individual placers but Kurt Hayes, Jacob Fitzgerald and Tucker Brown all scored points.
Country Day (12, 72nd): Sam Davis just missed placing with a loss in the quarterfinals, but scored all of the Bucs 12 points.
Charlotte Christian (8, 77th): Hudson Jones failed to place at 220 pounds, but scored all eight of the Knights points.
Porter Ridge, which competes in the Southwestern 4A, did quite well with 94.5 points, which was good for 18th place. Drew Dickson (27-4, 138 pounds) and John Arnett (30-5, 160) placed seventh to lead the way while Ryan Blanchard, Ericsson Cheek, Alex Gallagher, John Gallagher, Joseph Coble, Kolbi Tarlton, Trey Smith and Harrison Walser all scored.