Defending state champion wrestler Kollin Wade led a parade of Cary gold medalists in the Mark Adams Holiday Classic Saturday at the Imps’ gym.
Wade captured the 145-pound title and was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, but despite a meet-high five champions, Cary settled for second place. Hickory’s St. Stephens High had one champion, three runners-up and overall depth to record 259.5 points to Cary’s 218. Union Pines was third at 194.5 and Clayton fourth at 190.5.
“It was important to me win the tournament this year,” said Wade, a senior. “I missed it last year (with an injury) and I only have a couple of home matches left.”
Cary’s other champions were Ethan Mendel at 113 pounds with a 4-2 decision; Dylan Aubry, 132, 4-2; Alex Zuniga, 170, pin in 29 seconds; and Rod Perry, heavyweight, pin in 1:08. Perry is ranked the No. 2 heavyweight in the state.
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The Imps also led the tournament with the most finalists. Nico Childs was a runner-up at 195 pounds.
Wade went 4-0 with a pin in 53 seconds in the first round, a 13-4 major decision in the second, a pin in 1:12 in the third and 10-0 major decision in the final over Clayton’s Nick Brown. Despite Wade’s comfortable wins, he knows he has a target on his back.
“I have to prepared,” Wade said. “I know some guys will roll over but other guys are going to fight with everything they’ve got.”
Brown came at Wade aggressively. Wade didn’t take a 2-0 lead until 38 seconds remained in the first period.
Clayton also had two individual champions. Trevor Lokin won at 152 with 13-0 major decision and Mike Lines won a 182 with a 9-4 decision.
Union Pines’ two winners were Tony Menozi and Dylan Barber. Meonzi won 10-0 at 120 and Barber recorded a pin in 1:34 at 138.
In an all-Triangle 106 final, Lee County’s Zach Thomas pinned Apex’s Gabe Baragona in 1:23.