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Holly Springs’ Cam Devers closes in on perfection

Holly Springs' Cam Devers, top, uses a half nelson to try turning Wilmington Laney's David Bostian onto his back, winning their 138-pound match 4-3 during the 4A East regional finals between Holly Springs and Wilmington Laney in Fayetteville on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Holly Springs won 26-25.
Holly Springs' Cam Devers, top, uses a half nelson to try turning Wilmington Laney's David Bostian onto his back, winning their 138-pound match 4-3 during the 4A East regional finals between Holly Springs and Wilmington Laney in Fayetteville on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Holly Springs won 26-25. newsobserver.com

This is the part of the wrestling season where Holly Springs’ Cam Devers can focus on just winning, but he chooses not to.

He still wants to dominate every match, including the N.C. High School Athletic Association wrestling championships, which run Thursday through Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“He’s always looking to dominate and score points,” Holly Springs coach Nick Nosbisch said. “I think that’s what sets him apart.”

As the Golden Hawks won their first 4A East regional dual-team title on Feb. 4, Devers – a 138-pounder – defeated the No. 2 and No. 3 wrestlers in his 4A weight class by identical 4-3 scores.

Such a feat against the state’s best competition would’ve had most athletes ecstatic. For Devers, like most championship-minded wrestlers, he focused on what he could do better.

“I’m not too proud of my performance in those matches, I knew I should have wrestled better,” Devers said. “When I come back (in the state tournament), I’m going to face them a lot stronger and a lot better.”

Nosbisch said Devers returned to practice the next two days leading up to the 4A dual-team title with even more intensity.

Devers was one of three Holly Springs wrestlers to win in a dual-team championship loss to West Forsyth on Feb. 6. Devers took on another state-ranked wrestler, No. 6 Javon Boozer, and did whatever he wanted in a 17-4 win.

“Some kids you see get some success, and they started to get distracted,” Nosbisch said. “He has stayed hungry.”

Devers lost three times last season, and all of them fuel his fire for this year. One loss was when he moved up a weight class to face Apex’s two-time state-runner-up Chance Davis.

The other two were to Cary’s two-time state champ Will Clark, including the state title bout.

No one has beaten Devers in 49 tries this year. For a perfectionist, he’s now four matches away from a perfect 53-0 championship season.

“He’s taken some lumps throughout his career. He’s had some disappointments,” Nosbisch said. But “he is the same way every day. He’s a hard worker and he is 100 percent focused every day.”

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

Undefeated wrestlers

Cam Devers is one of six area undefeated wrestlers entering the NCHSAA championships. They are:

▪ Cary’s Kollin Wade, 4A, 145 pounds, 31-0

▪ Cary’s Alex Zuniga, 4A, 170 pounds, 45-0

▪ Chatham Central’s Nick Daggett, 1A, 113 pounds, 38-0

▪ Holly Springs’ Josh Lehr, 4A, 113 pounds, 34-0

▪ Holly Springs’ Cam Devers, 4A, 138 pounds, 49-0

▪ Northern Durham’s Demazio Samuel, 4A, 195 pounds, 36-0

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