Gary Whitaker of Durham Riverside High finished second in the 285-pound senior classification in the 26th annual National High School Coaches Association National Duals wrestling championships last weekend in Virginia Beach, Va.
Whitaker had three falls and a 13-1 decision en route to a championship match against Jose Alvarez of California.
Alvarez took a 4-2 decision in the title match.
To reach the finals, Whitaker had to defeat North Davidson’s Nicholas Wimmer, who had beaten Whitaker in all five previous meetings. Whitaker pinned Wimmer in the semifinals. Wimmer finished third.
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“Gary put together an awesome tournament,” said Riverside coach Brandon Palmer.
Cary’s Kollin Wade was seventh in the 138-pound division for juniors. Nick Coe of Asheboro won the 285-pound division for juniors.
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