Black Knights Take Care Of Franklin With Shutout Victory

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The Black Knights moved to 2-0 on the season after a big defensive showing, shutting out the Franklin Panthers and winning 26-0. This was a slow-moving game with no score in the first 15 minutes and only eight points on the board in the first half. Robbinsville would run away with the game in the second half thanks to their dominant performance on defense. Franklin is off to a slow start this season with a negative 53-point differential in just two games.

Team Notes

Robbinsville finished with 287 yards on offense, 200 of them came on the ground. Sr. Cuttler Adams led the Black Knights ground game with 21 carries, 97 yards, and two touchdowns. Sr. Kage Williams turned in a good performance as well, finishing with 53 yards on six carries and a touchdown. QB Donovan Carpenter finished 4/11 for 87 yards and a touchdown in the air while adding another 19 yards on the ground. WR Darion Ledbetter caught all four of Carpenters completions finishing with 87 yards and a touchdown. Jr. LB Roman Jones capped off a great defensive showing with two interceptions.

As for the Panthers, they mustered on 201 yards of offense in this one and failed to change the goose egg on the scoreboard. The team finished just 1/10 on third downs and QB Brock Bradley threw two interceptions in this one. 

Looking Ahead

The 2-0 Black Knights will look to continue their dominating season as they travel to Burnsville to take on the 1-1 Mountain Heritage Cougars. As for the Franklin Panthers, they will look to pick up their first win as they travel to Swain County to take on the 2-0 Maroon Devils.

Make It 3 For Williams, 2 For Panama, & 1 For Dooley As The Ville Crowns Their Most Recent State Champions

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Greensboro, NC- 10 wrestlers from Graham County made the trip to the Greensboro Coliseum this past weekend to compete in the NCHSAA 1A State Traditional Wrestling Championships. Of those 10 wrestlers, 8 found themselves with a spot on the podium when the weekend was finished.

Adair Panama, Alexis Panama, Loxston Hooper, Lleyton Hooper, Willie Riddle, Blake Powers, Turner Jackson, Kage Williams, Koleson Dooley, and Jacob Teesateskie were dubbed the “Tenacious Ten” after punching their tickets to the state tournament in the Western Regional Championships.

All of the aforementioned wrestlers had great showings at the state tournament, but Alexis Panama, Koleson Dooley, and Kage Williams became the 25th, 26th, and 27th state champions in the history of The Ville.

Three-time State Champ Kage Williams was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1A at the tournament, and also became the first wrestler in the history of the historic Robbinsville program to surpass 60 wins in a season as he finished his Junior season with a 61-0 record.

Former Robbinsville Head Coach Todd Odom interviewed Kage after his 3rd state finals win, take a look at what he had to say here:


1A 106

  • 1st Place – Cooper Foster of Avery County
  • 2nd Place – Ethan Hines of Uwharrie Charter Academy
  • 3rd Place – Ian Jones of Starmount
  • 4th Place – Adair Panama of Robbinsville (49-10)

1A 113

  • 1st Place – Alexis Panama of Robbinsville (38-5)
  • 2nd Place – Josue Gomez of Thomasville
  • 3rd Place – Christian Harris of Albemarle
  • 4th Place – Kale Stephenson of Swain County (42-16)


1A 120

  • 1st Place – Benjamin Jordan of Avery County
  • 2nd Place – Marcus Tyson of Pamlico County
  • 3rd Place – Loxston Hooper of Robbinsville (38-10)
  • 4th Place – David Rojas of Elkin


1A 145

  • 1st Place – Lorenzo Alston of Uwharrie Charter Academy
  • 2nd Place – Willie Riddle of Robbinsville (35-18)
  • 3rd Place – Ranfere Garcia of South Stanly
  • 4th Place – John Martin of Mt Airy


1A 160

  • 1st Place – Suhaib Hatamleh of Bradford Preparatory School
  • 2nd Place – Turner Jackson of Robbinsville (43-13)
  • 3rd Place – Carson Robinson of Uwharrie Charter Academy
  • 4th Place – Kaleb Davis of Rosewood


1A 182

  • 1st Place – Kage Williams of Robbinsville (57-0) 1A Most Outstanding Wrestler
  • 2nd Place – Darius Saunooke of Swain County (25-12)
  • 3rd Place – Ryan Deloach of Rosewood
  • 4th Place – Nikolas Ellis of Bessemer City

1A 220

  • 1st Place – Koleson Dooley of Robbinsville (30-8)
  • 2nd Place – Tyler Stevens of Pamlico County
  • 3rd Place – Nathan Rogers of North Moore
  • 4th Place – Blake Sain of Swain County (44-13)

1A 285

  • 1st Place – Kohlton Neadeau of Swain County (49-7)
  • 2nd Place – Johnatan Argueta of Starmount
  • 3rd Place – Caleb Hovis of Cherryville
  • 4th Place – Jacob Teesateskie of Robbinsville (15-10)

Black Knights put 7 on the podium at State Finals, including 4 champions

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Greensboro- The Robbinsville Black Knights sent 9 wrestlers to the NCHSAA 1A Traditonal State championships in Greensboro this weekend, and 7 of those 9 ended up on the podium when it was all said and done.

As a team, Robbinsville finished second in the state behind Avery County.

Team Standings:

  1. Avery County- 196
  2. Robbinsville- 134
  3. Uwharrie Charter- 114


Individual placers:

106lb- Alexis Panama (State Champ)

Alexis Panama defeated Hunter Fulp of North Stokes by 10-3 decision in the 106lb state championship match. On his way to the title, Panama defeated Christian Harris (pin) of Albemarle and Cooper Foster (MD) of Avery County.

126lb- Jayden Nowell (State Runner-up)

The 126lb state championship was a rematch of the 126lb Western Regional Championship between Jayden Nowell of Robbinsville and Grant Reece of Avery County. Nowell got the best of Reece in the region championship- but Reece got his revenge this time around at State, defeating Nowell by decison (8-4). The Senior wraps up his highschool career as The Ville’s all-time pin leader and one of the best to come through the Black Knights historic program.

145lb- Jaret Panama (4th Place)

Jaret Panama lost his opening match to eventual 145lb State Champ Ranfere Garcia, and wrestled all the way back for a fourth place finish. Panama finished his Senior season with a record of 23-12.

Ring, ring, ring….

For the second straight year, the trio of Fink × Williams × Wachacha dominated the 182lb thru 220lb weight classes.

182lb- Kyle Fink (State Champ)

New year, new weight class, same result for Fink, as he went pin-major decision-pin on his way to a state title in the 182lb class. Fink won the 195lb title last year, but moved down this year so he and fellow Black Knight Kage Williams could be in a more comfortable division.

195lb- Kage Williams (State Champ)

2 minutes and 26 seconds. That’s how long the Sophomore was on the mat on his way to his 2nd state title in as many years. Williams won by pin in all 3 matches, and in all 3 matches it took less than a minute for him to flip his opponent on his back. Williams won 35 matches this year, and has yet to lose on the mat in his high school career.

220lb- Ben Wachacha (State Champ)

Wachacha was the 3rd of 3 Robbinsville wrestlers to win a ring for the second straight year. Big Ben defeated conference foe Carson Taylor of Swain County in the 220lb state championship bout. Wachacha finished the season a champion, with a 40-6 record.

285lb- Carlos Wesley (State Runner-up)

Wesley lost in the heavyweight state finals to Avery County’s Levi Andrews by 3-0 decision. Wesley’s semi-final matchup was one for the books, as he won by ultimate tiebreaker (3-2) over Thomasvilles Deshawn Holman, the #1 seed from the East.


Black Knights Win Great Smoky Mtn. Grapple

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The Robbinsville Black Knights Wrestling team traveled to Harrahs Cherokee Center to compete in the Great Smoky Mtn Grapple last Saturday.

The Black Knights did what they do best, and put 8 wrestlers in the semi-finals against some of the toughest competition in our area.

On the girls side of things, Aynsley Fink rattled off four straight pins on her way to winning the 106lb womens division

In the 132lb class, Jayden Nowell won his first 3 matches of the day by pin-fall and secured a second place finish on the day. Nowell lost in the championship match to 3-time, 2A State Champ Kyle Montaperto.

In 138lb, Zane Lucksavage was knocked out of the semifinals but fought his way back in the consolations for a 3rd place finish, as did Jaret Panama in the 160lb division. Panama’s wins all came by decision.

Kyle Fink ran through the 182lb weight class until falling in the Championship match. Fink still finished second and is 16-2 on the year.

In 195, Kage Williams kept his undefeated streak alive, going 4-0 on the evening and defeating Owen Clark, a 2A State Runnerup, in the championship round.

Big Ben Wachacha suffered his first loss on the year, but fought back for a 3rd place finish and now sits at 15-1 this season.

Robbinsville defeated 30+ other teams, and scored 187 team points on the evening.

Full results can be found here:



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