Staff WriterNovember 11, 2007 

Wrestlers to watch

Gabe Brotzman


The junior was sixth in the NCHSAA at 152 pounds, but earned All-America status in the national tournament.

Kevin Brown

Southern Pines Pinecrest

The senior (49-7 last season) was runner-up in the NCHSAA 4-A tournament at 112 pounds.

Tyrone Eatman

Durham Riverside

The sophomore finished third at 119 pounds in NCHSAA 4-A with a 60-4 record during his freshman season.

Nick Gregoris

Chapel Hill

The senior missed the 2006-2007 season with an injury, but he placed second in the "Super 32 Challenge" national tournament in Greensboro at 152 pounds.

Chris Johnston


The sophomore finished 38-12 last season and was second in 1-A/2-A at 112 pounds.

Justin Koren


The senior won the NCHSAA 4-A title last season at 135 pounds and finished 59-2. He was seventh in the Super 32 at 140.

Corey Mock

Chapel Hill

The sophomore won the NCHSAA 4-A title at 112 pounds and was 45-3 last year. He was fifth in the Super 32.

David Mondragon

Cardinal Gibbons

The senior (47-5 last year) placed third at 130 at the NCHSAA 1-A/2-A.

Scott Norris

Green Hope

The senior (33-3 last season) was the NCHSAA 4-A runner-up at 125.

Eloheim Palma


The junior (58-1 last season) won the NCHSAA 4-A title at 285 pounds.

Brendon Parker-Risk


The senior took third in the NCHSAA 4-A at 145 and finished 63-7.

Sam Ransdell

Southern Pines

The senior (47-8 last season) placed second in NCHSAA 4-A at 103.

Khiry Reid

Pikeville Aycock

The senior (50-8 last year) placed third in NCHSAA 3-A at 215 pounds.

Anthony Rogers


The senior took second in the NCHSAA at 171 pounds and finished with a 53-5 record.

Jesse Upchurch

Pittsboro Northwood

The senior (53-9 last year) was NCHSAA 1-A/2-A runner-up at 152.

Michael Williams

Southern Lee

The senior finished 47-0 and won the NCHSAA 3-A title at 140 pounds.

Teams to watch


Cary has won 25 consecutive conference championships and 15 consecutive regional titles. The Imps have won two of the past three dual-team state championships, including 2007. The Imps return three state champions and five wrestlers who placed in the state tournament.

Cary Academy

Led area independent schools with a sixth-place finish in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament.

Chapel Hill

The Tigers are expected to contend with Durham Riverside in the competitive Piedmont Athletic 4-A.

Durham Riverside

The 2007 Piedmont Athletic 4-A champions reached the dual-team quarterfinals and finished 61-2.


The Wildcats reached the second round of the 4-A dual-teams after winning the Cap Seven 4-A title.


The Panthers won the Mid-State 1-A/2-A, finished 29-2 and advanced to NCHSAA 2-A quarterfinals


Twelve starters return from an 18-2 club, including 2007 Cap Seven champs David Tran (103), Justin McElreath (119) and Ryan Kazmieczak (125).

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