CHS wrestles at Conference tournament

Top, from left to right: Brian Buck, sophomore; Israel Medrano, senior; Hank Hultman, senior; Aidan Thorne, sophomore; Matteo Fulghieri, senior Bottom, from left to right: Jacobie Lewis, senior; Alex Malagon, junior. Photo by Louise Monnet

On January 26, the Carrboro wrestling team hosted the 2019 2A MidState Conference tournament. The CHS team wrestled at home against Bartlett Yancey, Reidsville, Cummings and North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM).

Carrboro placed second overall with 111 points out of the five teams. They also finished with three runner ups and three Conference champions out of nine wrestlers competing. Brian Buck, Alex Malagon and Israel Medrano were the runner ups for CHS. Aidan Thorne and Matteo Fulghieri and Hank Hultman were crowned conference champions.

Reidsville finished first with 137 points and five conference champions, Cummings finished third with 104 points and three conference champions, Bartlett Yancey finished forth with 85 points and two conference champions and NCSSM finished fifth with 68 points and one conference champion.

Hultman and Fulghieri claimed their second conference titles of their careers. Carrboro wrestlers Buck, Malagon, Medrano, Thorne, Hultman and Fulghieri were named All-Conference, finishing top two in their weight class. Additionally, Jacobie Lewis was named All-Conference under an at large bid, voted by the coaches. As a final victory of the day, Matteo Fulghieri was voted the MidState Conference Wrestler of the year. This marks the fourth consecutive year a CHS wrestler has claimed this title.

Saving Clay, Saving Dollars

While many classes begin with a warm up and everyone at their desk, one class — Ceramics — works differently. The routines of CHS Ceramics classes are designed to engage students’ creativity and save money.

As the bell rings to signal the start of the period, students start to get their tools and clay. When they have what they need, they head to their tables and start working. They mold the clay as they wish until they have their desired look or continue the previous days work. If they break or don’t want to keep what they have they scrape it into a special device: a pugmill.

Candacie Schrader, Arts and Ceramics teacher, explains the importance of the pugmill to the department and classes.

“The pugmill is used for reconstitutionof the clay,” said Schrader. “The [device] ensures that clay can be reused rather than thrown away. Without the pugmill, we wouldn’t be able to reconstitute that clay and constantly reuse it.”

This process ensures that more clay is saved rather than lost.

“We are talking about fifteen-hundred pounds of clay we would lose a year,” said Schrader. “We order three-thousand pounds of clay, and without the pugmill we wouldn’t be able to reconstitute that clay.”

Former CHS student and current employee at The Clay Makers (a ceramics studio in Durham), Emmanuel Oquaye also sees the benefits of the pugmill.

“If a project [breaks] or if the student doesn’t want to fire it, it gets added to the water bucket,” said Oquaye via text message.  “Then you have some nice clay mud [which goes] on plaster boards to stiffen up a bit until it’s the consistency of workable clay. [Then it’s] run through the pugmill.”

Recycling clay and saving money is not one person’s job; it takes work from teachers as well as students.

A ceramics pugmill allows artists to recycle their clay. Photo by Levi Hencke