On the weekend of Feb. 14, Dave Warriner of Port St. Joe competed in the NCISAA State wrestling tournament as a member of the Christ School team.


On the weekend of Feb. 14, Dave Warriner of Port St. Joe competed in the NCISAA State wrestling tournament as a member of the Christ School team.  Warriner finished the double-elimination tournament with a bye in the first round and a 1-2 record. He was ousted on the last day in the semifinals of the consolation round.



Warriner, a junior at Christ School in Asheville, NC, was a varsity starter for the season at both 160 and 152 pounds.  



“For Dave to have just started wrestling in December it was quite a season of success for him” said Coach Ken Kiser.  “Dave proved to be virtually ‘pin proof’”



As a newcomer to the team, Warriner had to defeat three wrestlers to obtain the starting position for the season. He had was 11-12 (he was pinned just once) for the year in a very competitive conference.   He went 2-0 at the conference tournament. His second win at conference proved to be the key win to force a team tie in the conference dual match. His performance earned him a coach’s nomination for all-conference.



The team had a 20-9 dual match record and tied for 8th in the North Carolina Independent Athletic Association Tournament.  Senior teammate Stephen Bridges won a state title at 222 lbs., a first in the 12 years of Christ School.



"David was a very important role player on this year's team” Kiser said.  “We had great team chemistry, effort and determination this year.  Our senior leadership was the key to our success.  I am looking toward Dave to step up and fill that role next year for our young team”



Warriner is son of David and Trish Warriner of Port St. Joe.