RALEIGH —Members of the RobCo wrestling club competed at the Powerade state games in Raleigh this past Saturday and had two wrestlers earn top honors and five total finish in the top three in their weight classes.
Monquez Townsend, Armando Marquez, Terrell Soler, James Benjamin and Jamie Bell finish third or better in their events, with Bell and Soler claiming first, to help secure a sixth place finish for the club at the state games.
Bell, the Lumberton High School wrestling coach, earned first place in the open 285-pound division by fending off Justin Snethen in two matches. Soler claimed first in the high school freestyle 172-pound division with a 13-12 decision in his first bout and a win by fall in the second.
Benjamin finished second in the high school 121-pound division after registering a 2-1 mark in that tournament, and also had a third-place finish in the 121-pound high school freestyle division. Marquez claimed second in the 136-pound high school freestyle division after going 2-1 on the day and fourth in the high school 136-pound division.
Townsend claimed second in the 182-pound open freestyle class and third in the 183-pound college open division.
Along with his first place finish, Soler also finished fourth in the high school 173-pound class.