FAYETTEVILLE — Cary defeated South View to advance to the Eastern Regional finals of the state 4A dual-team wrestling tournament Thursday night, but then ran into a rugged Jack Britt team that used early pins to build a lead and ended the Imps season, 39-21.
Against the South View Tigers, Cary overcame an early deficit to take a 37-26 win.
“Everyone of those boys was dangerous, in good shape and you could tell they were getting good coaching,” Cary third-year coach Taylor Cummings said of the Tigers. “We knew we matched up pretty well with them and it would take some valiant efforts, and it took all hands on deck to scoot by them.”
Cary trailed South View 10-0 early, but went on to win nine matches.
Corey Daniels got a pin at 285 and Nick Tarvin won his match 15-3 at 113, followed by a 9-3 win by Carlos Alvarez at 120 and a pin by Will Clark at 126.
Cary clinched the berth in the Eastern finals with five straight wins by Alex Ynoquio, Steven Amaya, Trashan Shaw, Mark Mulligan and Ryan Silverman.
“Carlos Alvarez is turning it on at the right time,” Cummings said. “He’s always won the matches he’s supposed to win and now he’s starting to knock off guys in the next league, and he’s in the next league, too.”
Britt defeated New Bern 54-11 in its third round match and led Cary 21-0 after four matches.
Alvarez then got a 7-4 win after trailing twice in the third period. Cary went on to win the close matches, but couldn’t match the Buccaneers’ high-scoring pins.
Cary and Britt split the first 12 matches, but Britt’s pins clinched the match.
For the Imps, Clark (at 126), Ynoquio (132), Amaya (138), Mulligan (160) and Silverman (170) won their matches.
“They picked up the bonus points and we didn’t tonight,” Cummings said. “I’m proud of my boys; we won some gut check matches out there. We knew Britt was loaded.”