It has been a smooth transition for Holly Springs wrestling, even though it’s changing coaches at an important time.
The Golden Hawks went 39-3 and were 4A East runners-up. The three losses were to teams in the state championships: 4A East champ Jack Britt, 4A state champ Parkland and 3A East champ Morehead.
Coach Nick Nosbich stepped in for Brandon Inge, who stepped down this offseason to spend more time with his family. But the goal is the same for Nosbich, who has been an assistant for three years and helped develop many of the team’s wrestlers on JV.
“I’ve had time to work with these guys and they know me. They’re comfortable with my expectations and how I run things,” Nosbich said.
The Golden Hawks will have a strong 14-wrestler lineup. They bring back five state qualifiers to the lineup, including Travian Cooke, who was third at 160 pounds.
“We have four or five other guys who have won 20 or more varsity matches. There are three guys who are going to be in the starting lineup who were one match away from getting to the state tournament, and they’ve only gotten better,” Nosbich said. “The expectations are high. We’re training to compete with those best teams. We’re training to be the best team in the state.”
“We’re not trying to have one good year, we’re trying to reload every year.”
Competing for the state title includes beating a loaded Cary team for the conference title.
The series has been as close as it has been important. Before last year’s 31-30 victory, the Hawks had battled the Imps to losses of 33-31 and 30-27 in previous seasons.
“We’re not training for Cary specifically, but we know every time we wrestle them it’s going to be a battle,” Nosbich said.
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