Carrboro’s opponent in last Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A dual-team wrestling title match has vacated its state championship over the use of an academically ineligible athlete.
Newton-Conover defeated Carrboro 32-28 in a match that came down to the last bout. It was Carrboro’s first appearance in the dual-team wrestling title.
Newton-Conover self-reported the ineligible athlete to the NCHSAA on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Newton-Conover City School System.
It leaves the 2A class without a dual-team wrestling champion this year.
When an NCHSAA champion vacates its championship, the runner-up team is not awarded the title.
A search of the NCHSAA website produced only one other instance of a state title being vacated. Northern Guilford surrendered its 2009 3A championship in boys basketball because it used an ineligible player. Two years ago, Southern Durham’s appearance in the 3AA football championship was vacated and the Spartans had to forfeit their final six games, including their East Region championship, because an ineligible player was used.
Eastern Alamance vacated state semifinal appearances in football in 2015 and boys basketball in 2016 for the use of an ineligible player.
The individual wrestling tournament begins this weekend with regionals, followed the following week by the state tournament in Greensboro.
Joe Johnson contributed to this report.