Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cary beats Butler in 4A wrestling final

Butler went as far as any high school wrestling team in Mecklenburg County history, but lost to host Cary 43-18 in the N.C. 4A dual-team final on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (21-4) were the second Mecklenburg team to reach the championship, since the state adopted a dual-team format in 1990. Independence also lost in the final to Cary in 1998. Both Independence and Butler were coached by Billy Puckett.

Butler finished 21-4.

The Bulldogs rallied with victories Friday against Northwest Guilford and Concord Robinson to reach the final against Cary, which was in its ninth straight state title match. Cary (36-0) won its third straight state championship.

Butler rallied to beat Concord Robinson 40-34 in the semifinal Friday in the final two weight classes, when Ranson Lee and Austin Long pinned their opponents.

Butler's other top wrestlers are Tom Puckett, Nate Charest and Dalton Cunningham.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great job by Cary. Why is the East so much better than the west in wrestling? No Charlotte team has ever won....

Anonymous said...

Why can't we get a better write up on a team that is in the state championships? I would like to know how the matches went.