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July 31, 2014

Former Cary wrestling coach Jerry Winterton joining NCHSAA Hall of Fame

Former Cary High wrestling coach Jerry Winterton is among seven individuals who have been selected for induction in the N.C. High School Atheltic Association Hall of Fame.

Former Cary High wrestling coach Jerry Winterton is among seven individuals who have been selected for induction in the N.C. High School Atheltic Association Hall of Fame.

Winterton will be joined by the late football coach Jack Holley of Teachey, NCHSAA associate commissioner Rick Strunk, administrator Ralph Holloway of Morehead City, the late coach and administrator Joe Miller of Wilmington, football coach Chris Norman of Shelby and NCHSAA fundraiser Moyer Smith of Chapel Hill in induction ceremonies.

The new inductees will be honored during special halftime ceremonies at a football game at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, October 18, when North Carolina takes on Georgia Tech. The University of North Carolina has designated the day as the 30th annual NCHSAA Day. The new class will officially be inducted at the special Hall of Fame banquet next spring in Chapel Hill.

Winterton’s teams won 94.9 percent of their dual meets, a mark unmatched by any wrestling coach in the country with at least 350 wins. He went 621-16 at Cary (642-34 overall with some years at East Wake High) and is among the top 20 in the nation in career victories.

His Imps won 28 consecutive conference championships and had 138 consecutive victories. His clubs won a total of 19 NCHSAA state titles (11 state tournament championships, eight dual-team championships).

Cary was 540-3 in the regular-season under Winterton, who led the team from 1981-2010. He is still at Cary as an assistant coach.

Cary won state tournament championships in 1987, '88, '89, '97, 2000, '03, '05, '06, '07, '08 and 2009. The Imps were also runner-up six times.

Cary also won the dual-team championship in 1993, '96, '97, '98, '2005, '07, '08 and 2009 and were runner-up seven times.

Cary was undefeated in regular-season dual meets in 27 of 29 years that Winterton was head coach. They posted a national-best 166 tournament wins, 28 consecutive conference championship and 265 consecutive home regular-season wins.

Winterton was the NHSCA coach of the year in 2007 and the national coach of the year by the NWCA in 2009.

He coached 32 All-Americans and 44 state champions.

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