Friday, February 26, 2010

All-Cabarrus wrestling team

In most sports, athletes often talk about their fight or battle to win a game, a meet or a conference title. In wrestling, the participants actually live it. Hundreds of wrestlers in Cabarrus County went to hand to hand combat this winter to prove they were the best.

So who is the best of the best? From the 103-pounders to the heavyweights to the coaching staff, here is a look at what we think.

Wrestler of the Year: Dominic Parisi, J.M. Robinson

For most of his high school wrestling career, Dominic Parisi has dominated the state of North Carolina. After going 55-9 in his freshman campaign, Parisi won his next 139 consecutive matches, including two individual state championships, up until midway through this, his senior season. But this year, Parisi has been no slouch, as the senior Robinson wrestler is 46-2 going into the state meet with a chance at a third consecutive state title. Parisi also helped lead his team to their first state title in school history in any sport.

Parisi, who will continue his wrestling career in college is considering Appalachian State, American and Virginia Tech. He gets a lot of his wrestling genes straight from his father, as Robinson head coach Dave Parisi, was also a high school and college All-American in New York.

Coach of the Year: Dave Parisi, J.M. Robinson and Greg Hinson, Mount Pleasant

In wrestling, Dave Parisi has nearly done it all. As a high school wrestler in New York, he won a state championship. In college, at Oswego State, he became an All-American wrestler and won a Division III national championship. For the last four seasons, he has helped transform J.M. Robinson and his son, Dominic, into a state power. This year, Parisi guided the Bulldogs to a 37-2 record and a 3A state dual championship, the school’s first title in any sport.

While Robinson received most of the headlines in the South Piedmont Conferene (SPC) and beyond, Mount Pleasant coach Greg Hinson and his team kept doing what they do best: winning.

Hinson, who won his 300th career match earlier this season, also guided the Tigers to their 11th straight conference title when his team shocked Robinson in the conference tournament title match, by just over a point (188.5 to 187). Hinson did all this in his team’s first year in class 3A, as the previous 10 conference championships were as a part of class 2A.

All Cabarrus Team

103 – Hamilton Jones, J.M. Robinson…spark plug for Bulldogs edges Cox Mill’s Taylor Page here.

112- Garrison White, J.M. Robinson…3A regional champion looking for more at states.

119 – Dominic Parisi, J.M. Robinson…two-time defending state champion has done it all.

125 – William Johnson, Northwest Cabarrus…beat Robinson’s Jay Similton to win regionals, both are deserving.

130 – Caleb Swinson, J.M. Robinson…another of the eight Bulldog state qualifiers.

135 – Lucas Dutch, Northwest Cabarrus…SPC wrestler of the year will have a shot a state title.

140 – Nathanael Torrence, Concord…Spiders only state qualifier.

145 – Jacob Eldridge, J.M. Robinson…another Bulldog regional champion.

152 – Clayton Eudy, Mt. Pleasant…4th place regional finish gives him a shot at states.

160 – Blake Harwood, Mt. Pleasant…2nd in the Midwest region, one of the Tiger’s best.

171 – Christian Carrillo, Mt. Pleasant…one of four state qualifiers, that helped knock off Robinson in tournament final.

189 – Taylor Overcash, Northwest Cabarrus…3rd in the region, will have shot at states.

215 – Dylan Pinnix, Northwest Cabarrus…one of the Trojan’s best on a deep team.

285 – Jordan Taylor, J.M. Robinson…just edged Hickory Ridge’s Josh Chapman with regional meet performance.

- Special Correspondent Jay Edwards