Cary 33, Panther Creek 27
For a match that would determine the regular-season champion in the Tri-Eight conference, Wednesday's Panther Creek versus Cary match sure didn't disappoint.
In what was one of the closest regular-season duals meets in years, the Imps held off the Catamounts 33-27. The win all but wraps up the 27th consecutive regular season conference championship for Cary (21-0, 6-0), which has just one more match remaining against a struggling Fuquay-Varina team.
Panther Creek (23-5, 5-1) had taken a 18-15 lead after Joe Morrison, the eighth wrestler in the 14-man lineup, won by pin over Jacob Brotzman. Cary came back with two minor decisions by Cordale Risk at 135 and Ronnie Winterton at 140.
Winterton's match was huge as it not only put the Imps ahead 21-18 with three matches left, but it came against Alex Branoft, who had beaten him three times in the past.
Gabe Brotzman and Matthew Colvard stepped up next for Cary, each getting pins to lift Cary to a 33-21 lead. The Imps forfeited the final match.
285-E. Palma (C) Forfeit
Athens Drive 65, Middle Creek 10
The Athens Drive wrestling team sent off its four-year wrestlers in style on senior night, with a commanding 65-10 win over Middle Creek.
Eight Jaguar wrestlers scored pins as they routed the Mustangs. Next up for Athens will be Green Hope in two weeks. That match could decide third place in the conference.
Individual Results were:
Shane Goodchild (ADR) won 4-2 over Loflin (MDC)
Ryan Goodchild (ADR) won by fall :34 over Cook (MDC)
Drew Gintig (ADR) lost 15-1 to Loverde (MDC)
Sam Greenstein (ADR) won by fall 1:34 over Haynes (MDC)
Dan Martin (ADR) won by forfeit
Jeff Dion (ADR) won by fall 1:49 over Mattocks (MDC)
Cliff Griffin (ADR) won by fall :56 over Kamorek (MDC)
Kevin Chou (ADR) won by fall 4:49 over Stennet (MDC)
Ashton Rodgers (ADR) won by fall :40 over Hedgepeth (MDC)
Robert Christley (ADR) won by fall 1:06 over Brown (MDC)
Brandon Bellopatrick (ADR) won 7-6 over Wallaus (MDC)
Cyrus Kolar (ADR) won 16-1 TF over Salimor (MDC)
Bryan Houston (ADR) won by fall 4:10 over Gross (MDC)
Dan Alston (ADR) lost by fall 5:42 to Manning (MDC)