In this edition of "On the Recruiting Front," see what D-I college is ready to scout Panther Creek basketball player Marques Oliver, what Big Ten team is checking in on Cary wrestling's Eloheim Palma, and what Ivy League school Gabe Brotzman, also of Cary wrestling, will be going to next year.
How unreal was it that you have not one, not two, but three landmark milestones reached in the same wrestling match?
Coach Jerry Winterton entered the day with 597 wins. He picked up No. 600 against Chapel Hill in the day's third match. Eloheim Palma, now ranked as the No. 1 heavyweight in the nation, entered the day with 197 wins, which allowed him to reach his landmark win against Chapel Hill as well. Gabe Brotzman, the No. 1 wrestler in the state at 152 pounds, entered the day with 198, but lost in the day's second match, so he too reached No. 200 against Chapel Hill.
Needless to say, it was a special day in the storied history of Cary wrestling.
Getting ahead of one's self
Weirdly enough, the PA announcer at the event got some bad info and prematurely announced Palma's 200th win after a pin in :27 against J.H. Rose. Although he got a nice ovation, Palma actually got No. 200 in an anti-climatic forfeit against Chapel Hill.
N.C. history made
Never before in North Carolina wrestling history had two three-time state champions faced off against each other, and it's easy to understand why. A) it has to be two guys in different classifications, B) it's awfully hard to win three straight years C) it requires two guys who have won state championships in their freshman years, and D) a combination of all of the above doesn't happen often, period.
But at the Bob Mauldin Classic at East Wake High School, the day's first match pitted three-time 4-A champion at 135 Corey Mock of Chapel Hill and three-time 3-A champ Jacob Creed of Jamestown Ragsdale.
According to some in the crowd, the two have had a rivalry over the years with Mock having the upper hand, and this was the first time they had faced each other this season.
The rest of the teams looked on at the only match as Mock defeated Creed 9-5. Creed was obviously frustrated with having lost to Mock again and jilted Mock's attempt to embrace after the match — not a smart or classy move when literally everybody is watching you.
After the match, all other teams began their duals matches.