Cary wins 4A Mideast wrestling regional – News & Observer

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Holly Springs finished with four wrestlers in the top four at the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Mideast regionals at Cary High on Saturday.

Still, it wasn’t enough to overtake Cary for the regional title. The Imps piled up 174.5 points to top second-place Holly Springs’ 157.5 and third-place Leesville Road’s 109.

“To come here and get four champs, it’s awesome, I’m proud of the way the guys wrestled through the placement rounds,” Holly Springs coach Nick Nosbich said. “You always want to finish on an odd number, and they won their last match which gives us a lot of confidence heading into Greensboro.”

Fuquay-Varina opened up the championship bouts with a quick win in the 106-pound class, as Logan Maher pinning Leesville Road’s Justin Tibbs in only 36 seconds.

John Royal (195) also came in first for the Bengals.

After Holly Springs’ undefeated Justin Lehr picked up a technical fall victory in the 113’s bout, eight straight match-ups for first place went the distance until Clayton’s Michael lines earned a pin in the 182-pound bout.

A new rivalry might have been born between Holly Springs’ Cam Devers and Wake Forest’s Nick Mutio.

Cam Devers, a state runner-up in 2015, aims to keep his momentum going into this year’s state meet.

Devers improved to 49-0 with the 5-2 decision victory over Mutio. The duo also faced off last week, in which Devers overcame a 3-0 deficit knock off the previously undefeated Mutio.

“This gives me a great amount of confidence, especially beating a kid like Nick as tough as he is,” Devers said. “This gives me the confidence to say I truly am number one in the state. I just have to … keep working hard and hope everything works out for me in the end.”

Holly Springs also had Hunter Morton (120) and Nick Connochie (152) finish in first place.

Cary’s Kollin Wade, also stayed undefeated in a 12-6 decision over Broughton’s Nash Philbeck in the 145’s.

Wade, a defending state champion, has had no problem staying hungry in 2016. “As soon as the state championships were over last year, it was a new season and I wasn’t a state champion anymore,” Wade said. “I have to work even harder to be a state champion because now there’s a target on my back.”

Cary also placed Alex Zuniga (170) in first after a low-scoring affair with Fuquay’s Josh Arrington that finished 3-1, and Rod Perry (285) won the heavyweight championship.

Heritage’s Anthony Brito scored the most points of any bout, outscoring Apex’s Joey McMahon 17-6 in the 132-pound match.

A Cap-8 trio of Leesville Road’s Dan Mills (126), Millbrook’s Matt Flores (195) and Wake Forest’s Sander Cyper (160) each came in first place in their respective weight classes.

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