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Langfords looking for more state titles


9:53 PM, Nov. 26, 2012 EST

Colby Langford

HENDERSONVILLE — 

North Henderson senior Colby Langford hates to break it to the rest of the world.

But there is no sibling rivalry in his family.

Langford and his younger brother, Mitchel, won state championships just minutes apart at last winter's NCHSAA 2-A wrestling tournament in Greensboro.

And their support for one another - Mitchel stuck around mat-side after his 106-pound match to cheer on Colby at 113 pounds - was genuine and then some.

"We've been wrestling together for 11 years," Colby Langford said.

"Everybody else tries to make comparisons or say one of us wrestled better than the other, but we just stay humble and practice. We love this sport."

Colby Langford is a two-time NCHSAA 2-A champion and came into this season with 130 career wins. He went 51-4 as an 11th grader, and while he will compete at 126 pounds early this season, plans to eventually settle in at 120.

"The pressure has kind of doubled after getting that second state title," Colby Langford said.

"I know I have to watch my back because everyone will be coming for me. I'm just going to do what I have to do to get better. I'm working harder than ever before."

And often times, that hard work comes with an assist from Mitchel Langford, who is a sophomore.

The youngest Langford plans to remain at 106 pounds this winter after setting a school record for single-season wins (54) as a freshman. He and Colby Langford are frequent practice partners.

"I know I definitely have a target on my back as a state champion and that's something I'm looking forward to," Mitchel Langford said.

"My No. 1 goal right now is to be a four-time state champion. It's all I can really think about."

For now, Avery County alum JohnMark Bentley is the only four-time state wrestling champion (1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997) in Western North Carolina history. Bentley is currently Appalachian State's coach.

The Langfords sharpen their skills in the offseason for the WNC-based Strong and Courageous club.

Each brother has begun the season ranked No. 1 in their respective NCHSAA 2-A weight classes. Furthermore, both Langfords brought home an individual championship from Saturday's 17-team North Knight Invitational at North Henderson.

"They have really taken on the role as leaders," Knights coach Heang Uy said.

"Colby and Mitchel know they are someone that the rest of our wrestlers can look up to and they take that seriously. You look at the way they get along and their success and I think it's just a product of coming from a really supportive family. Any time we have an event, their mom and dad are there. It's just really nice to have two kids like this in our program."

 

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