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MATT CASH NAMED NORTH CAROLINA’S BEST BRICKLAYER!
Gold Hill, NC – The best masons in North Carolina came together to test their skill, speed and stamina by battling to see who could build the biggest and best 26-foot-long brick wall in one hour. The competition marked the second of 24 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Series competitions to be held across North America in 2019. The winner of the each regional qualifies to compete in 2020 World Championship on February 5th, at the World of Concrete expo in Las Vegas.

10 teams of masons and tenders lined the arena at Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill, NC ready to prove they’re the best craftsmen in the region. Mason Matt Cash and mason tender Chet Huntley of Huntley Brothers in Mint Hill, NC took home top honors with a brick count of 702, winning a free trip to Las Vegas for the World Championship, a cash prize of $400, a Marshalltown tool bag, Stabila Level and the title, “North Carolina’s Best Bricklayer.” The duo also took home the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award which goes to the team with the “most sellable wall,” earning them an extra $250.

This year high school students also had the opportunity to participate in a specially-designed Masonry Education Day event. Over 600 students from 26 different schools across North Carolina were in attendance. Selects students were given the opportunity to compete in the Jr. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, an abbreviated version of the main event. Mason Auston Shue and tender Nathaniel Meyers from North Stanley High School won first place and a cash prize of $200.

ATTENDING SCHOOLS

Monroe HS, Forestview HS, Swansboro HS, JF Webb HS, Southeastern Randolph, Mt. Pleasant HS, North Stanly HS, Jesse Carson HS, East Rowan HS, West Stanly HS, South Caldwell HS, Columbus Career and College Academy, Eastern Randolph, South Rowan HS, Providence Grove HS, Alexander Central HS, John F Kennedy HS, Central Cabarrus HS, Davie HS, West Caldwell HS, Lee County HS, Montgomery County HS, McDowell HS, Fred T Foard HS, West Rowan HS
2019 NORTH CAROLINA REGIONAL RESULTS
FIRST PLACE AND TOP CRAFTSMAN:

MASON

Matt Cash

TENDER

Chet Huntley

COMPANY

Huntley Brothers
Mint Hill, NC

BRICK COUNT

702

PRIZE AMOUNT

1st Place: $400, TOP CRAFTSMAN: $250

2ND PLACE:

MASON

David Kelly

TENDER

Matthew Kelly

COMPANY

Kelly Masonry
Pendleton, SC

BRICK COUNT

490

PRIZE AMOUNT

Second Place: $300

3RD PLACE:

MASON

Jose Louis Perez

TENDER

Diego Perez

COMPANY

Creative Masonry
Greeneville, TN

BRICK COUNT

468

PRIZE AMOUNT

Third Place: $250

LOCAL SPONSORS

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® was established by SPEC MIX in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. It is featured as the headliner event of MASONRY MADNESS™ Day during the World of Concrete and recognized as the masonry industry’s premier bricklaying competition with a total purse estimated at $125,000 that annually awards the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer”. Each year there are a series of preliminary SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Qualifying Events held throughout North America to determine who will compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship. The Championship finale draws as many as 6,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.

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