RALEIGH — Ravenscroft edged Cary Academy for the TISAC wrestling tournament title Thursday, but the final results surprised even Ravenscroft coach Garrett Cummings.
By Cummings’ tally, the Ravens had fallen short of the conference tournament title after having dropped some early round matchups, but the official tournament scoring scale allowed Ravenscroft to top Cary Academy, 73-72. Host North Raleigh Christian finished with 47 points.
“As it turned out they were scoring the tournament differently and our six champions were enough to get the job done, and we had one surprise win at the end where Sam Landis, our 220-pounder, had the upset and that was the difference,” Cummings said.
“We knew it was going to be incredibly tight. It always somehow is with Cary Academy. ... It was all just going come down to how the guys performed out on the mat tonight, and I guess we just barely did enough to pull it out.”
The tournament program stated that team scores would be calculated with five points given for first place, three points for second place and one point for third. No points would be awarded if a team did not enter a wrestler into a weight certain class.
By that scale, similar to the scale that was used in last year’s inaugural conference tournament, Cary Academy had 48 points to Ravenscroft’s 46. NRCA would have had 24.
Instead, the tournament was scored with seven points awarded to first place wrestlers, five for second place and three points for third, per the 2013-14 TISAC handbook. Still no points were awarded without a weight class entry.
The change made a small change in the point differential, but a major one in which team would win the tournament title.
After dropping both regular season dual meets against Ravenscroft by a combined five points, some Chargers wrestlers and fans keeping score based on the tournament program thought they had bested the Ravens for the tournament title.
“The discrepancy in the scoring had to do with changes that were made last year that did not make it into the handbook this year,” Cary Academy coach Eric Moore said. “I’m not sure why that happened or what happened, but had we used the scoring we used last year, we’d have won..”
Seven Chargers wrestlers won conference championships in their respective weight classes, including Christian Sodano (106), Matthew Gibbon (120), Julian Sodano (132), Ahmad Atieh (145), Austin Neaville (170) and Casey Miles (195).
Cary Academy’s Ian Siegal, the 152-pound champion, was named TISAC wrestler of the year.
Along with Landis, Wes Stroud (113), Liam King (126), Ian Conley (138), Garrett Hicks (182) and Jarron Ormand (285) won their respective titles for Ravenscroft.
“I’m proud of this team,” Cummings said. “They’ve dealt with a lot of adversity this year. They came together as a team. We had a winning dual meat season. We were 4-0 in the TISAC in dual meets, and it’s great to be able to put a capstone on it and have something to really take home because this program was only started six years ago and we had never taken home a trophy from anything, so it’s good for the guys.”
North Raleigh Christian’s Russ Smith was the 160-pound champion.
All tournament champions were also given all-conference recognition.
“We knew it was going to be close going in, really close, and it was,” Moore said. “It was close last year, and we just needed one more match to go our way and we didn’t. ... The guys did well. They did very well. We just knew we could not make a mistake, and we did, but it was one mistake.”
The teams now prepare for next week’s N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament to be held at Wesleyan Christian Academy.
“We’re going to work just as hard, or harder if we can, to get us ready,” Moore said. “Unfortunately we have to feed off of another loss, but we have to use it as momentum.”