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Hilton, Davis showcase wrestling

By Ryan Kelly
Staff Writer           

UNCP hosted over 20 schools across the southeast on Nov. 11  in the 26th annual Pembroke Classic wrestling meet.              The English E. Jones Center was packed with  more than 300 wrestling entrants and the bleachers were filled with fans as new Braves head coach Jamie Gibbs made his debut.

In what was one of the biggest Pembroke Classics ever, the competition included top Division I teams like Duke, UNC, Virginia Tech and NC State.            

Highlighting action for the Braves was two-time All-American Willie Hilton who won the 149-pound weight class with a 6-3 decision in the finals to complete a perfect day on the mats.

“Willie is going to jump up from 141 to 149 this year and we really think that is a strong move for him,”Gibbs said. “Willie and I first met in July when I got here, and he has really just bought into everything that I am trying to bring to this program.”

Hilton nearly lost his perfect season record in the title match, but came back to beat number-one-seeded Sam Alvarenga of Virginia Military Institute.

Sophomore J.J. Davis also had a perfect day  with a 3-2 decision in the 165-pound championship.             

Davis took home the Willie Mayes Most Outstanding Wrestler award with a pair of technical falls and two major decisions on the day.

Hilton and Davis captured their second individual titles of the season after the duo finished atop their  weight classes at The Citadel Open on Nov. 4.

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Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2006
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