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N&O wrestling rankings: Big duals on tap this week

It’s the final week of the regular season, which means many teams in The News & Observer’s greater Triangle wrestling rankings are trying to close out conference titles or earn automatic dual-team playoff bids.

The week’s biggest match is No. 5 Athens Drive at No. 2 Cary. A Cary win would create a three-way tie for the second and final automatic playoff spot out of the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A Conference. An Athens Drive win puts the Jaguars in second, No. 9 Panther Creek in third and Cary – which lost to the Catamounts earlier without several starters – in fourth.

No. 4 Orange travels to No. 8 Chapel Hill on Thursday for the Big Eight 3A Conference title. Third-ranked Corinth Holders, No. 7 South Granville, No. 12 Union Pines and No. 14 Riverside also can close out conference titles this week.

No. 6 Sanderson will try to claim another Cap Eight title against Millbrook (17-3), which fell out of the top 15 after a loss to Leesville Road. The Pride and Ravenscroft jumped into the rankings, replacing the Wildcats and Fuquay-Varina.

N&O Wrestling Rankings

Rank, school Pvs. Rec.
 1. Holly Springs 1 23-0
 2. Cary 2 28-3
 3. Corinth Holders 3 12-0
 4. Orange 4 24-1
 5. Athens Drive 5 27-2
 6. Sanderson 6 12-4
 7. South Granville 8 31-3
 8. Chapel Hill 10 20-8
 9. Panther Creek 9 14-6
10. Chatham Central 11 21-6
11. Carrboro 13 16-4
12. Union Pines 14 11-5
13. Leesville Road NR 34-11
14. Riverside 12 20-4
15. Ravenscroft NR 21-6
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