After battling each other during the regular season and ending conference play in a three-way tie, the Cap Eight’s wrestling squads fell in the early rounds of the state dual tournament last week.
Sanderson, the top seed after the teams used a random drawing to break the conference season tie, was the only squad to make it to the second round.
The Spartans lost to South View, 45-15, Tuesday after beating Scotland, 36-31, in the first round.
Wake Forest-Rolesville, which was a wild-card team after taking third place from the Cap Eight tie, narrowly lost in the first round of the dual-team 4A state playoffs to 20-time state champion Cary, 33-30.
After a modest 8-8 overall record a season ago, Wake Forest ended this season 22-4 overall and with a share of the Cap Eight title.
“I would be lying if I said I expected us to be this good. I thought that we would be tough, but we had a lot of holes to fill,” said fourth-year coach Sam Hershey.
“What I really liked about this team was that you could see the growth from the first day of practice to the duals. We learned what is tough, and what it takes to win as a team.”
Millbrook also lost in the first round Tuesday, falling to Jack Britt, 60-9.
Millbrook coach Scott Saby said his team wrestled hard against a superior opponent.
“We wrestled hard,” Saby said. “They’re a very good team and executed well. We could have scored on some things where we didn’t. We’ve got some work to do to get ready for (individual) regionals. But all credit to Jack Britt.”
The NCHSAA 4A Mideast individual regional tournament, featuring wrestlers from the Cap Eight, PAC-6, and Tri-Nine conferences, begins Friday at Lee County High.
Mike Potter and J. Mike Blake contributed to this report.