The East Wake wrestling team left the Grant Wilder Wilson Invitational Tournament at Rocky Mount High School on Saturday with some considerable bragging rights.
Despite taking just nine wrestlers to the third annual event, the Warriors placed fourth out of the 12-team field.
East Wake was led by a trio of second-place finishes by Cody Staples (126 pounds), Dylan Williams (160) and Zack Willard (285).
“This is the third year we have wrestled here. There are a lot of good teams from eastern North Carolina that turn out for this event,” said East Wake coach Brian Staples. “To place fourth with only nine kids is quite an accomplishment for this group. Eight of the nine won at least one match and seven won at least twice.”
Others earning podium appearances for the Warriors were Khadeem Dublin (third place, 120 pounds) and Alston Willard (third place, 182 pounds). Tyler Barabasz placed fourth at 145 pounds.
East Wake’s other participants were Sam Hand (152 pounds), Adam Gorlesky (195) and Freddie Ector (220).
Staples was impressed with Gorlesky’s effort competing in his first-ever tournament.
“Adam was wrestling up a weight class, giving up 15 pounds to his competitors, but still managed two pins in a very tough weight class,” Staples said.
East Wake opened the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference season with wins over Garner and Rolesville and will look to continue its early win streak with a league match at home Wednesday against Southeast Raleigh. The match will begin at 6 p.m.