The 21-wrestler All-Metro team, which selects at least one area wrestler for all 14 weight classes, was larger than previous years as 16 wrestlers were state champs or runners-up. Riverside had the most selections with three.
Cary’s Will Clark, the area’s only undefeated wrestler, is the only three-time All-Metro pick. Apex’s Chance Davis, Cary’s Kollin Wade and Riverside’s Gary Whitaker and Jaquon Sowell made the team for a second straight year.
Riverside’s late-year run to the 4A East final vaulted the Pirates to the top spot in The News & Observer’s final area wrestling rankings. The Pirates upset previous undefeated No. 1 Holly Springs in the third round.
The Golden Hawks, last year’s No. 1, took the second overall spot.
Orange, finished No. 3, went 1-2 on the year against the 3A East finalists.
Southwest Wake Athletic Conference teams Holly Springs, Cary and Athens Drive round out the top five, followed by 1A state runnerup Chatham Central.
N&O All-Metro wrestling team
106: Nick Daggett, Soph., Chatham Central: The 1A champ ended the year 41-1.
113: Nathean Castillo, Jr., South Granville: Finished third in 2A, going 50-2.
120: Matthew Gibbon, Sr., Cary Academy: Two-time NCISAA 3A champion.
120: Nick Mutio, Jr., Wake Forest: Finished third in 4A, went 41-1 and only loss was an injury forfeit.
126: Austin Palmer, Sr. Corinth Holders: Finished third in 3A and went 37-6.
132: Chance Davis, Sr., Apex: Two-time 4A runner-up went 40-2.
132: Mathews Cruz-Cruz, Jr., Cleveland: Went 42-1, only loss for 3A runner-up was in title match.
138: Will Clark, Sr., Cary: Two-time 4A champ was unbeaten.
138: Cam Devers, Jr., Holly Springs: Runner-up in 4A was 47-3.
138: Samuel Bartram, Sr., Union Pines: The 3A champ was 30-5.
145: Kollin Wade, Jr., Cary: The 4A champ was 40-2.
152: Lamont Burt, Sr., Broughton: Was fifth in 4A, 42-4 on the season.
160: Hunter Queen, Soph., Northwood: Was third in 3A, 50-7 overall.
170: Jaquon Sowell, Sr., Riverside: Two-time 4A champ went 54-1.
182: Atavion Oliver, Sr., Northern Durham: 4A runner-up went 45-1, only loss was in title match.
195: James Taylor III, Sr., Southern Durham: 3A champ was 36-5.
195: Arrad Sarrami, Sr., Riverside: 4A runner-up went 51-6.
195: Garrett Hicks, Sr., Ravenscroft: Two-time NCISAA 3A champion.
220: Vincent Ngwu, Sr., Millbrook: 4A fourth-place finisher was 33-8.
285: Gary Whitaker, Sr., Riverside: 4A state champ went 43-3.
285: Byron Stephenson, Sr., Orange: 3A runner-up went 37-8 on the year.
N&O Wrestling Rankings
2. Holly Springs
5. Athens Drive
6. Chatham Central
8. South Granville
9. Chapel Hill
10. Union Pines
11. Leesville Road
14. Corinth Holders