Stanwood High School senior and University of North Carolina commit Mason Phillips advanced to the quarterfinal round of the prestigious Super 32 wrestling tournament on Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina, registering two pins, a major decision and a technical fall in his four bouts.
Phillips began the day as one of 146 wrestlers in the 145-pound bracket at the Greensboro Coliseum Events Center, and ended it as one of the final eight athletes still contending for a championship in arguably the most talent-laden preseason folkstyle tournament in America.
Phillips, ranked seventh in the nation at 145 by FloWrestling, will face Thayne Lawrence of Pennsylvania in the quarterfinals when the tournament resumes Sunday morning.
Lawrence registered one of the biggest upsets of the tournament on Saturday, beating third-ranked Alex Lloyd of Minnesota via a 6-4 decision in the round of 32.
Phillips began the tournament by pinning Alex Braden of South Carolina in 2:42, and beat Colby Morris of Pennsylvania in a 14-3 major decision in the round of 64.
In the round of 32, Phillips only needed 2:14 to dispatch Illinois’ Patrick Ryan II via fall, but he saved his most dominant performance for last.
His round of 16 match against Pennsylvania’s Nick Montalbano was stopped at 4:22 with Phillips leading 17-2.
Phillips is undefeated in two seasons of wrestling for Stanwood. He did not wrestle in his freshman campaign while recovering from a torn ACL. He has won two state championships, is the two-time defending Greco-Roman champion at the Cadet & Junior National Championships, and represented the United States at the Cadet World Championships this summer in Athens, Greece.