FAYETTEVILLE — As veteran Cary coach Jerry Winterton said Thursday night, "It's just one of those years."
Winterton was referring to his bountiful supply of elite-level wrestlers, not his team's habitual domination of the 4-A dual wrestling ranks. But anyone not in Imps green has to feel that way again after Cary rolled over fellow powerhouse Durham Riverside 42-29 and defending 4-A Eastern Regional dual champion Fayetteville Britt 53-18 in back-to-back matches.
Cary (36-0) will host the Western champ on Saturday in the 4-A state championship match.
The Imps gave up just 17 points in actual defeats on the night. Eighteen of Riverside's points came on forfeits; Britt picked up six points on two decision victories and 12 on forfeits.
"We have so many guys you can count on," Winterton said of his squad. "We know we have six to eight real solid guys and a lot of guys who are not far behind. Plus, they're guys with great attitudes; things go so smoothly."
Lawrence White got the Imps rolling in the regional final with his second big win of the night.
White scored a quick takedown and controlled Britt's Jordan Alfaro (the state's top-ranked 125-pound 4-A wrestler) in a 9-3 victory.
White, ranked sixth in the state, also beat Morgan Atkinson of Riverside, who is ranked fourth.
Thomas Ferguson, Long Wang, Sam Hoerderman, Eloheim Palma and Cobb all went 2-0 on the night for the Imps.
Britt (28-8) moved into the regional final beating Wilmington Laney (28-9) on the third tiebreaker criteria.