B.J. Gibbs’ long-shot bid for a remarkable state championship in Mid-Carolina’s first-ever varsity wrestling season fell just a bit short on Saturday night at Lexington. Still, no one could have been disappointed by the outstanding performance turned in by the Rebels sophomore star.
Gibbs, who entered the Class 2A-1A state tournament as a bottom seed after a four-place finish at the Upper State qualifying meet, scored a stunning upset by fall of Lower State champion Tim Wright of Chesterfield in the first round and continued his improbable advance to the state title bout with a tense 2-1 semifinal decision over North Central’s Zach Hall.
On the championship stage, Gibbs finally met his match in Woodruff’s Jacob Grandy, who prevailed 4-1.
Gibbs closed with 31-7 record in his first season on the mats, and wrote the first significant chapter in the history of the nascent Mid-Carolina program.