Area wrestlers largely will need upsets to work their way into the group of place finishers in this week’s state tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

With the exception of Southern Alamance senior Mckray Mundy, there will mostly be underdogs competing from area schools.

The three-day state tournament begins late this afternoon. Except for Class 1-A, which begins Friday, each wrestler in the other three classifications has one bout today.

Mundy is one of three Southern Alamance entrants in the meet. The Patriots have had two state finalists — and one champion — in each of the past two years.

“We certainly would have liked to have brought five,” Southern Alamance coach Randy DeAngelo said. “I think we were capable of bringing five.”

Mundy (38-2) was the Class 3-A Mideast Regional champion at 126 pounds.

Southern Alamance was shaken by two wrestlers — 2017 state champion Matt Ceparano and Chance Kilcrease — who didn’t make weight for the second day of regionals and thus their seasons ended Saturday morning at the scales.

“They know what they deal is,” DeAngelo said, noting the number of times wrestlers are required to weigh-in during a season. He said he never had wrestlers of that level miss their targets at this stage of a season.

Longtime Cummings High School coach Andy Hawks, who also spent time at Graham, said he has lobbied for the elimination of the second day of weigh-ins.

“I’ve been a big proponent for years,” Hawks said. “That Saturday morning weigh-in is a bunch of hogwash.”

Hawks said he figures everything would be even for all wrestlers in a weight class.

“They aren’t going to eat 10 pounds of food overnight,” he said. “And if they gain a few pounds, so is the other guy.”

Southern Alamance state qualifiers Nathan Meyers (29-11) at 106 and Rocco DeAngelo (34-10) at 132 were both No. 5 seeds at the regionals, where they finished third.

Also competing in Class 3-A this week are Eastern Guilford’s Matthew Bivens (32-4) at 132 and Eastern Alamance’s Andrew Dawson (23-8) at 138. Orange has six state qualifiers, including regional champions Josiah Ramirez (33-1) at 182, Braden Homsey (33-0) at 195, Daylen Alston (34-3) at 285.

In Class 2-A, Cummings’ Jacob Boggs (171) and Bryson Farrington (195), Bartlett Yancey’s Jacob Wright (113) and Josh Stewart (285) and Eastern Randolph’s Christian Garcia (132) and Morgan York (170) are in the tournament.