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Keith Bauer, and head coach Tim Frey jump­ing for joy.

“He (Bauer) was down on the leg and he would come up to the hip and that kid’s hips and his weight were very good,” Frey said. “He could sag his weight down so Tyler couldn’t fin­ish off his high-C (crotch shot) be­cause a lot of times he would get that, but this guy sagged so much he couldn’t lift him. Very good de­fen­sively on that.

“Tyler didn’t get frus­trated; just kept go­ing and kept go­ing,” Frey con­tin­ued. “All (Aliyev) had to do was not get taken down and Tyler kept com­ing at him. And the guy kind of went in for a semi bearhug and Tyler hits the head­lock, two (take­down points) and two (near­fall points) and that puts him up 7-4.”

Ea­ton (43-4) got the first take­down in his match against Clem­mer with 27 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first pe­riod of the 195-pound fi­nal. Clem­mer (39-6) pulled even with 16 sec­onds left in the pe­riod when he hit a re­ver­sal off a restart. But with just four sec­onds to go in the pe­riod, Ea­ton an­swered with a re­ver­sal for a 4-2 lead he never re­lin­quished.

“That was huge points there,” Frey said of Ea­ton’s re­ver­sal. “Be­cause he just got re­versed and then with only a few sec­onds left he gets a re­verse. Now, you’re back to a two-point ad­van­tage and men­tally that can play with you and get some mo­men­tum back on your side.”

Ea­ton, who lost 2-1 to Wil­liamsport’s Kobe Baker in the 182-pound fi­nal a year ago to have his bid for a per­fect sea­son spoiled, con­tin­ued to stretch his lead against Clem­mer. Down to start the sec­ond, the North Caro­line se­nior hit a re­ver­sal and put Clem­mer to his back for an 8-2 cush­ion mid­way through the pe­riod. Clem­mer got a neu­tral point at the end of the sec­ond, and an­other early in the third to draw within 8-4. But Ea­ton hit an­other take­down and again turned Clem­mer to his back for three more near-fall points and a 13-4 fi­nal.

“I don’t know what hap­pened ei­ther,” said a smil­ing Ea­ton. “I know I got some back points and more back points.

“I know I had to keep push­ing him be­cause he was start­ing to run out of gas,” Ea­ton con­tin­ued. “He had a real good switch. I knew that was com­ing. I kept try­ing to get the an­kle, I couldn’t get it, so I just kept on with the arm and he even­tu­ally got tired. Then he es­caped and then he took a bad shot which put me in a po­si­tion to get him on his back and get some back points.”

Ea­ton and Bauer be­came the sec­ond and third state cham­pi­ons in North Caro­line his­tory, fol­low­ing Brion Blades, who won the 285-pound ti­tle in 2014.

Eas­ton fresh­man Max­imus Bent­ley (106) and se­nior Zack Strand (195) each lost in the semi­fi­nals, but wres­tled back to place third, as did Kent Is­land’s Brady Love­less. All three went 4-1 in the tour­na­ment.

Love­less (38-2) lost a 3-2 de­ci­sion to Per­ryville’s Eu­gene Zacer­ous (40-2) in the semi­fi­nals at 170. The se­nior re­cov­ered, earn­ing a 3-1 de­ci­sion over Ran­dall­stown’s Ja­maal Ab­dul­lah-Aleem (31-9) in the con­so­la­tion semi­fi­nals be­fore scor­ing a take­down with 10 re­main­ing in over­time for a 3-1 sud­den vic­tory over Western Tech’s Ike Kalu (35-3) in the con­so­la­tion fi­nal.

Kent Is­land sopho­more Brady Levasseur (23-23) went 2-2 in the 138-pound weight class. Team­mates Jimmy VanLew (113, 22-15), Dy­lan Fin­lay (132, 34-10) and Jack Hipps (160, 36-8) each went 1-2, while Ryan Salus (145, 21-15), Michael Scott (182, 34-10) and Ha­dyn Blan­chard (220, 25-18) each went 0-2.

Bent­ley de­ci­sioned Ris­ing Sun’s Matt Childs, 1-0, in the con­so­la­tion fi­nal in a re­match of last Satur­day’s 2A-1A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship, also won by Bent­ley. Strand worked an es­cape in the ul­ti­mate tiebreaker for a 3-2 vic­tory over Western Tech’s Noah John­son.

North Caro­line sopho­more Ryan Bauer wres­tled back to take fifth at 113.

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Kent Is­land se­nior Brady Love­less has his arm raised af­ter de­feat­ing Western Tech’s Ike Kalu in the 170-pound con­so­la­tion fi­nal Satur­day night at the Class 2A-1A state cham­pi­onships. Love­less won a 3-1 sud­den vic­tory to fin­ish a 38-2 sea­son.


North Caro­line’s Alex Ea­ton, right, cel­e­brates his Class 2A-1A state cham­pi­onship Satur­day night with head coach Tim Frey, cen­ter, and his fa­ther, Robin Ea­ton.

North Caro­line coaches Robin Ea­ton, far left, and Tim Frey look on Satur­day night as Tyler Bauer, far right, hugs his fa­ther, Keith Bauer, af­ter win­ning the 160-pound ti­tle at the Class 2A-1A state cham­pi­onships.

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