Ravenscroft’s Garrett Hicks (195 pounds) and Cary Academy’s Matthew Gibbon (120) won N.C. Independent School Athletic Association titles on Saturday in Charlotte.
Hicks pinned his opponent in the first minute while Gibbon took an 11-4 decision.
“I’ve put a lot of blood sweat and tears in this, just like everyone else. It’s a tough sport,” Hicks said.
Said Gibbon: “It’s great, it took a lot of work coming back the second year and making sure there wasn’t anyone coming up that was going to be able to take me again.”
Hicks had won the title in 2014 at 182 pounds and said this year as a different experience.
“I knew what I was doing, I knew what to expect, I knew how to handle myself, not let my emotions get the best of me,” he said.
Gibbon repeated his 120-pound title with a tough match.
“I felt confident but that doesn’t mean too much here. I knew he (Charlotte Country Day’s Max Spada) was good. He was 40-7 coming into this tournament and I had never seen him before. No one I had wrestled had seen him before. Didn’t really know who he was. ... Just coming out not knowing what to expect and going as hard as I can,” Gibbon said, adding at the end “I was so tired. I was just glad it was over.”
Corey Inscoe contributed.