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Morehead wins Chapel Hill’s Tiger Holiday Wrestling Classic crown

Hunter Queen, right, of Northwood wrestles Gideon Biggs, left, of Morehead at the 160 lbs weight class during the Tiger Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament that took place at the Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.
Hunter Queen, right, of Northwood wrestles Gideon Biggs, left, of Morehead at the 160 lbs weight class during the Tiger Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament that took place at the Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. newsobserver.com

Cam Devers captured not only his second title at the annual Tiger Holiday Wrestling Classic this year but also the answer to a question he had posed to himself concerning a rival.

Devers put on a dominant performance in the 138-pound weight class against Jack Britt’s Wesley Hollingsworth, winning 10-3 to improve to 39-0 on the season.

Last year, Devers’ Holly Springs squad had scrimmaged against Jack Britt, and Devers had faced Hollingsworth then.

“I was like ‘Man, he’s strong,’ ” said Devers. “I wondered, if I ever wrestled him, what would happen?

“I finally got that (answer) today.”

Defending 3-A Eastern Regional champion Eden Morehead captured the team championship with 201.5 points in the two-day event at Chapel Hill High School.

Southeast Guilford finished second with 175.5, and defending champion Jack Britt came in third with 166.

Northwood placed sixth, four points ahead of Big 8 rival Orange.

Apex’s Jovan Jarrett captured the heavyweight title with a pinfall against East Guilford’s Jordan Wilson in 1:57.

Jarrett, a transfer from Cary, won in his first Tiger tournament appearance. After placing fourth in regionals in 2013, Jarrett sat out last season after suffering a concussion while playing football, along with shoulder and ankle injuries while wrestling.

This sesason, he’s taken plenty of measures to stay healthy.

“I have a coach that takes me swimming on weekends,” Jarrett said. “We go to the Cary YMCA every Sunday. Over the break we go twice a week. It helps you get prepared for long days like this.”

Northwood continued its impressive start to the season with three grapplers in the championship round. Hunter Queen captured the 160-pound title, while Michael Queen finished runner-up at 182.

John Dunning came in second at 195, dropping an 8-4 decision to West Carteret’s Will Newbern.

Dunning, who won the Jim King Invitational Championship at Orange High in November, is now 27-1.

Hunter Queen held off Gideon Biggs of Morehead 6-5, scoring a late takedown in the second period for a 6-4 lead. After Biggs scored an escape in the final period, Queen held him off in the final minutes to win.

Despite taking his first Tiger individual championship, Queen could only focus on improving.

“Everything is a training process until February,” said Queen, who finished third in the 3-A state championships in February. “A state championship is all that really matters to me right now.”

Holly Spring’s Nick Connochie finished third at 182 pounds, winning the consolation match 1-0 against Orange’s Josiah Ramirez. Connochie is 34-2.

Forty-six schools participated in this year’s Tiger Classic. Along with Ramirez, Orange placed Joe Scott (third at 152 pounds) and sophomore Payton Wilson (third at 220). Chapel Hill saw George McBurney finish fourth at 220, while Hudson Price came in fourth at heavyweight. Camden Burgey finished fifth at 170.

Southern Durham placed Mathew Darby sixth at 195, while Shemar Brandon was sixth at 182.

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