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Schools from across NC compete in Headlock on Hunger Tournament

Wrestling took center stage the the U.S. Cellular Center on Friday. Twelve teams from across the state competed in the Headlock on Hunger / Theraworx Protect Smoky Mountain Grapple Wrestling Tournament. The tournament aimed to help Eblen Charities fight against childhood hunger.  (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Wrestling took center stage the the U.S. Cellular Center on Friday. Twelve teams from across the state competed in the Headlock on Hunger / Theraworx Protect Smoky Mountain Grapple Wrestling Tournament. The tournament aimed to help Eblen Charities fight against childhood hunger.

The event featured Asheville, Reynolds, Chase, Enka, Erwin, Mitchell, North Buncombe, Northern Guilford, Pisgah, Roberson, Reagan and Trinity high schools.

"It's nice to get some different competition. Obviously, we have some of the top teams in the Asheville area," said Ed Duncan, football coach of Mitchell High School.

In addition to the tournament, schools had a chance to compete for the 2017 Headlock On Hunger Team Championship belt. The school that brought in the most amount of food by weight was presented the belt by WWE Hall of Fame members and Headlock on Hunger board members Adam and Beth Copeland.

At 11 a.m., more than 4,0000 pounds of food had been donated. Reagan High School, from Pfafftown, N.C., hauled in nearly 3,000 pounds of non-perishables.

"Very proud of them, and right there (truck of food) speaks for what it is, and this isn't all of what we brought. We had more on the bus that we took upstairs that didn't fit here," said Anthony Jude, assistant wrestling coach at Reagan High School.

The coaches said although the wins are nice, it's giving back that counts.





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