Orange High School senior David Peters-Logue wrestled 41 different people this season, and they all lost to him.
And because of that, he’s coach Bobby Shriner’s second undefeated wrestler. Peters-Logue won the 170-pound 3A title at the N.C. High School Athletic Association tournament championships last weekend in the Greensboro Coliseum.
“It’s a hard thing to do. He’s had a great year and a great career. He was second here last year,” Shriner said. “He’s a great kid and we’re happy for him.”
Peters-Logue won a 7-2 decision over Shiheem Saunders of East Rowan in the state championship final Saturday. He got there with a pair of pins: against Steven Joyner of Nash Central just 1:09 into their quarterfinal match and over Tate Blanton of Newton Foard at 3:10 in Friday’s semifinals.
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As recent years have shown, even the Triangle’s most prestigious high school wrestling programs can go a few years without an individual state champ. But Saturday was about these programs getting back to the top of the podium
The four-time tournament team champion Panthers, after taking a one-year hiatus from winning individual gold, saw Peters-Logue (41-0) become the first Orange wrestler to finish undefeated since three-time NCHSAA champion Tyrone Hodge, who finished 54-0 after taking the 4A title at 119 pounds in 2001.
Cary, which owns 12 NCHSAA team tournament championships, had its first individual champ since 2009 in junior 138-pounder Will Clark.
Thanks to 160-pounder Jaquon Sowell, three-time tournament team champ Durham Riverside had its first individual champion since 2010 win a title.
None of the teams were factors in this season’s team standings – although Cary (third, 4A), Holly Springs (fifth, 4A) and Orange (third, 3A) were top five in their respective classifications.
Orange had two other wrestlers finish near the top of their weight class: Byron Stephenson (285) took fourth place, and Collin Smith (138) was fifth.
Carrboro’s George Carpenter, who won the 2A 2013 title at 113 pounds, earned a third place this year at 120 pounds. Jaguar 126-pounder Stephen Dreher also placed third and teammate Carson McKay (182) earned fourth place.
They helped Carrboro to 10th place in the final team standings — the best of any school in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro district.
Three other Panthers got as far as the state quarterfinals before getting bumped out of the championship bracket: Joe Scott (120); Jared Flynn (132) and Melik Jimenez (152).
Chapel Hill’s George McBurney (220) and Zachary Allen (106) wrestled their way into the state quarterfinals before being dropped into the consolation rounds. Northwood’s Hunter Queen (132) and Michael Queen (160) also reached the championship quarterfinals before losing decisions.
Winston-Salem Parkland won its seventh state tournament team title — its fourth straight in the 4A classification. Parkland rolled up 173 points to 114.5 for Britt, followed by Cary in third with 71 points.
Eden Morehead built up a substantial lead in the team standings in the first two days, and with eight wrestlers still competing on Saturday, won the 3A championship with 116 points to 69.5 for East Gaston. Orange wound up in third with 63.5 points.
Thomasville captured the 2A team title with 95.5 points to 95 for defending tournament champion Newport Croatan. Newton-Conover, the two-time dual team champion, was third with 90.5.
Chatham Central of the 1A classification made sure the greater Triangle area was not shut out of the team championships.
The Bears claimed their first NCHSAA tournament title by edging Mitchell, the team they had fallen to in the 1A dual-team final two weeks earlier. It came down to the last bout of the day, as 126-pounder James Daggett needed to win by a major decision or better against his Mitchell opponent.
The Bears had another state champ in 138-pounder Chris Jaeger, who won 15-5.