HILLSBOROUGH — In front of a large crowd Saturday, Cary high school clinched the team championship and Jake De’Angelo won the most valuable wrestler at the Jim King/Orange Invitational Tournament. Cary finished with 231 points followed by Northwest Guilford with 223, and host Orange high school with 192.50.
The first weight class championship, 160 lbs, was clinched by Leesville Road’s CJ Kimmerly who won his match 6-4 over Orange’s Joe Scott.
Kimmerly, unable to participate last year due to injury, said he was pleased with his performance.
“It was a tough competition,” Kimmerly said. “It was a good tournament for me, I felt like I wrestled well.”
Orange’s Anderson Pope said he enjoyed having a “home court” advantage.
“It’s a huge tournament with 22 teams,” Anderson said. “It was fun having a home crowd.”
Along with Kimmerly, Northern Durham’s Josh Brown and Rodney Shepard, Cary’s Carlos Alverez, Cory Daniels and Will Clark, Orange’s De’Angelo, Jake Twomey-Kozak, Pope and David Pets-Logue, Durham School of Arts’ Josh Sawyer, Jordan’s Tryece Jones, Northwest Guilford’s Cary Miller, and Riverside’s Gary Whitaker all clenched first place in their respective weight classes.
De’Angelo, who finished runner up in last year’s tournament, said he was able to get his weight down this week, which he felt gave him the advantage to get the job done this year.
“I was good on my feet and I was tough,” De’Angelo said. “It was just a good weekend.”
Alverez clinched the first championship round for Cary, giving them a boost of momentum they harnessed for the rest of the tournament.
“I’ve been working really hard for the past four years,” Alverez said. “I’m really happy I won, I’ve been working all summer.”
Cary coach Taylor Cummings, in his third year, said he’s still “learning the ropes” but happy his team was able to start the season off on the right foot.
“We always want to open up the season with the Orange tournament,” Cummings said. “We have a long history of coming to this tournament and it’s always a milestone we look forward to.”
Although his team placed third, Orange coach Bobby Shriner was pleased with his team’s performance. He said the team will look to build from their performance moving on, for the rest of the season.
“Our guys wrestled well and young guys got some experience,” Shriner said.
“This is a tough tournament and it just seemed like there was a lot of great wrestling over the last two days. Hopefully this will make us a better team, and a better program.”