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Southwest Wake Athletic Conference wrestling preview

Kollin Wade, left, of Cary wrestles against Solomon Cornish, right, of Athens Drive at 145 lbs. Cary Imps hosted a wrestling match against the Athens Drive Jaguars in Cary, N.C. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Cary won 55-21.
Kollin Wade, left, of Cary wrestles against Solomon Cornish, right, of Athens Drive at 145 lbs. Cary Imps hosted a wrestling match against the Athens Drive Jaguars in Cary, N.C. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Cary won 55-21. newsobserver.com

Holly Springs is the two-time defending Southwest Wake Athletic Conference wrestling champion and will have a strong lineup again this season.

The Golden Hawks (26-1, 7-0 in 2014-15 season) are led by senior Cam Devers, who went 47-3 at 138 pounds and was runner-up for the 4A title. Holly Springs returns three other state qualifiers: Daniel Meyers (106 pounds last season), senior Nick Connochie (152) and senior Elijah Geniesse (160).

Holly Springs also picks up a transfer from Panther Creek, Joshua Lehr, who was fourth in 4A in 113 pounds.

Cary (31-4, 5-2) brings back Kollin Wade, the reigning state champ at 145 pounds who went 40-2 overall. The Imps also return regional champs Reid Stewart (113), a junior who was sixth in 4A, and senior 285-pounder Rod Perry.

Athens Drive (27-4, 5-2), coming off a school-record in wins, return just one state qualifier – Faris Busisou (113 pounds), a junior.

Panther Creek (15-6, 5-2), which finished in a three-way tie for second but was left out of the playoffs on a random three-way draw, brings back senior Miles Kent (152) and senior Chad Laska (160) as state qualifiers.

Fuquay-Varina (18-10, 3-4), which took a big step forward, is led by senior Josh Arrington, a state qualifier at 170 pounds.

Apex (8-12, 1-6), Green Hope (7-13, 1-6) and Middle Creek (7-18, 1-6) all tied for last in the SWAC and all graduated their only state qualifiers.

Apex Friendship, in its first year, will be coached by Kyle Baird.

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps

Last 10 conference champions

Conference tournament winner in parentheses

2015: Holly Springs (N/A)

2014: Holly Springs (N/A)

2013: Cary (Holly Springs)

2012: Cary (Cary)

2011: Panther Creek (Cary)

2010: Cary (Cary)

2009: Cary (Cary)

2008: Cary (Cary)

2007: Cary (Cary)

2006: Cary (Cary)

State championships among all SWAC teams

Dual-team

Cary (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Fuquay-Varina (2000, 2001)

Tournament

Cary (1977, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Fuquay-Varina (2000, 2001)

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