RALEIGH — Despite out-of-town Fayetteville Jack Britt running away with the top spot, two Wake County schools battled it out for the second and third spots in the 2013 Wakefield Wolverine Challenge wrestling tournament Saturday afternoon at Wakefield High.
The Sanderson Spartans claimed second with 151 points to Cary’s 143.5. Britt won the title by nearly 80 points ahead of its competition, with a score of 235.5.
“I believe we’re a stronger dual team,” said Sanderson head coach Jeremy Barefoot. “So to finish this high in a tournament gives me great feelings about my team.”
Sanderson had six wrestlers in the finals (four in the championships, two in consolations) while Cary had five (three in the championships, two consolations).
While the Spartans won in the points, Cary wrestlers in the finals favored better as all five wrestlers won.
“(We are) very pleased with the results in the finals,” said Cary Taylor Cummings. “Parker Ragsdale wrestled wide-open during the finals, but didn’t put himself into dangerous situations.”
Besides winning the title in the 126-pound weight class over last year’s state champion from Jack Britt, Richard Tolston, Ragsdale was also awarded the most outstanding wrestler award for the tournament.
Cary’s Will Clark and Mark Mulligan, Clayton’s Chad Sprouse and Wake Forest’s Nashid Barrow were also crowned champions.
Wake Forest was seventh with 89 points, while Southeast Raleigh was 14th and Rolesville tied for 18th.