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Cary dominated from the opening bout and scored a convincing 53-9 victory over West Forsyth in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A dual team wrestling championship on Saturday afternoon at Cary High School.
The match started at the 130-pound weight class and the Imps stormed out to a 35-0 lead. Cary won 12 of the 14 weight classes.
Cary earned the state 4-A dual team title for the sixth time in the 18-year history over the tournament and the Imps were making their 12th appearance in the championship match. West Forsyth was in the finals for the first time.
The 53 points were the most ever scored in a dual team final, regardless of classification, and the margin of victory was the largest ever in a final.
Two Cary wrestlers shared Most Valuable Performer honors for the championship. Gabe Brotzman at 140 pounds nipped Lawrence Manns of West Forsyth in a 4-3 decision, and Lawrence White at 125 pounds earned a 5-2 decision over Remy Tamer.
Cary finished the dual team season with a 37-0 mark and an amazing average margin of victory of 62.5 points per match. West Forsyth is 30-4.
PARKLAND STAYS UNBEATEN AGAINST EDEN MOREHEAD
Winston-Salem Parkland completed a perfect dual-meet season by winning the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A dual team wrestling championship on Saturday night, beating Morehead by a 34-24 count in Eden.
The victory was the 41st without a loss for Parkland while Morehead dropped to 28-4.
It was the first NCHSAA dual team title for Parkland since 1996, while Morehead, the 2005 champion, was making its third appearance in the championship match in the past six years.
Parkland broke out on top 9-0 and held Morehead at bay.
Parkland 130-pounder Lane Wilmoth was selected as the Most Valuable Performer of the championship match.
MCMICHAEL DEFEATS NEWTON-CONOVER
McMichael scored a 36-32 victory over visiting Newton-Conover on Saturday night to earn the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 2-A dual team wrestling championship.
McMichael, the 2004 champion, was in the finals for the second time in four years and finished the dual meet season with a record of 45-12.
Newton-Conover made its initial visit to the state dual team finals. The Red Devils lost for only the third time in 46 starts.
McMichael won the first eight matches of the championship to take a commanding 36-0 lead, coming from behind in the first two matches to win by pins, and then wound up forfeiting the last five weight classes with the outcome decided.
Chris Bullins of McMichael, wrestling at 171 pounds, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
ALLEGHANY DEFEATS TOPSAIL
Alleghany earned its second consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A dual team wrestling championship on Saturday, traveling to Topsail and securing a 43-22 victory.
The championship was Alleghany’s third in the last six years and its second straight triumph in the finals over Topsail. Last year Alleghany had scored a 42-27 victory in the final.
The Trojans spurted to a 11-0 lead and then won the last four matches to secure the victory.
Alleghany’s Jeremiah Hampton, who had pinned Cory Crumpler in the 171-pound bout, was selected as the Most Valuable Performer in the 1-A championship.