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Cary wrestling downs Athens Drive, creates SWAC tie for playoff
Tra Shaw, Above, of Cary celebrates his win by forfeit at 152 lbs. Cary Imps hosted a wrestling match against the Athens Drive Jaguars in Cary, N.C. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Cary won 55-21.FABIAN RADULESCU — newsobserver.com |Buy Photo
CARY — The injury bug hits almost every high school wrestling team, and coaches have no control over the timing. For Cary, its injuries came in December. For Athens Drive, they started snowballing two weeks ago.
That set the stage for an uneventful Southwest Wake Athletic Conference regular season finale between the two schools.
Cary, healthy again, defeated Athens Drive, who had to give up four forfeits, 55-21.
“The first month of the season, we were super excited about the season because we had this wealth of talent coming. Then, within the course of a week and a half, we had our four best guys sidelined. I think in retrospect, I’m happy that our team was emotionally strong enough to keep our eyes on the goal an think about the big picture. I guess if you have to experience that, it’s better in December than in February,” Cary coach Taylor Cummings said.
Cary had four forfeit winners in Alex Zuniga (160), James Gressett (170), Joseph Rogers (220) and Tra Shaw (152). Joining them in the win column were Joe Grena (195, 10-2), Javon Jarrett (injury default), Reid Stewart (113, 4-1), Lucas Fryar (120, pin in 1:01), Will Clark (138, pin in 2:15), Kollin Wade (145, pin in 2:31).
Athens Drive winners were Youssef Aitboulahri (182 pounds, forfeit), Gabe Baragona (106, pin in 2:57), Omar Samara (126, 8-1), Trey Cornish (132, pin in 2:37).
Cary, Athens Drive and Panther Creek all tied for second in the SWAC at 5-2 in the league. The tie will be broken Thursday night, and a random draw is an option.
Athens caps record year
In three years, Athens Drive went from a team that was 0-14 to one that posted consecutive seasons of 19-20, 22-14 and 27-3 (5-2).
Even third-year head coach Sean Finkbeiner is amazed at the turnaround.
“Oh my gosh. It’s night and day. The kids’ focus determined their reality. They worked hard and they accomplished what no Athens team has done,”said Finkbeiner, adding that 27 wins is a new school record.
The Jaguars are ranked No. 5 in The News & Observer area.
“We have a great team. We have fun. That,” he said, looking over to Cary, “is a more serious team. We have fun as we get better. We’re not at that level yet (but) I’m hoping in a couple years.”
Cary bounces back from start
The Imps (29-3, 5-2) lost to Panther Creek while riddled with injuries, which – coupled with a loss to Holly Springs – put Cary in the three-way tie it’s in entering the postseason.
“We lost a couple of matches I think we could’ve won because of injuries and guys being out of the lineup. At this time of year, we have everyone back and are at our full potential. I think we can prove a point when state duals roll around next week,” Fryar said.
Ian Anderson, Cary’s 106-pounder, was unable to return from a concussion. Dylan Aubry, the team’s 132-pounder, should be back in a week to help with the dual-team tournament.
If Cary, ranked No. 2 in the N&O area, gets into the playoffs after the SWAC tiebreaker, it could only face Holly Springs in the 4A East final.
“I would like to see that match again, not for like a rivalry thing, but just to see where we match up when we’re healthy and they’re healthy,” Cummings said. “I feel like they have a really strong team, obviously, but I feel like we’re a little bit more of a team than we were a month ago.”
However, with state-ranked wrestlers like Clark, Wade and Zuniga, Cummings said his team could be more of a threat in the individual tournament.
“More realistically, we’re a much stronger tournament team,” Cummings said. “I think that’s when we put our chips in a hat and say ‘Listen, we can win the individual.’ We’ll see how far we can go in the team duals but we have a lot of individual goals and that can lead to the high finish or the top finish in the state.”
Green Hope High School's Jeremy Adams (21) and Cary High School's Jay Hicks (3). Cary Imps visit the Green Hope Falcons in a 4A SWAC Boys Basketball game. Green Hope gets the win, 64-58. Friday January 23, 2015, Cary, NC.
With a lead at the half, Green Hope prevailed down the stretch for a 64-58 win over Cary Friday.
Both squads started the game slow with the Falcons on top 27-19 at the half. The Imps battled back to cut the Green Hope lead to 51-48 with just under two minutes to play. Cary's Cory Gensler led the second half comeback scoring his jersey number, 22, in the second half alone. Gensler ended the night with 26. Despite the comeback Cary ran out of time, having to foul Green Hope several times in the last minutes of play. The Falcons were able to nail their shots at the charity stripe in order to stay ahead of the Imps. Green Hope's Ridge Ford led his team with 14-points, with most of them coming from the free throw line. The Falcons improved to 6-2 in the Southwest Wake conference and Cary falls to 4-4.
Cary hosts Panther Creek on Tuesday and Green Hope is at Middle Creek.
Cary hires Mike Kirst as its new Head Football Coach
CARY — Mike Kirst had done his homework on Cary High before he was introduced as the next football coach on Friday. He hunted for a kelly green tie for three hours because he wanted to make sure he was wearing the school’s official colors.
Though he came up short in his quest for the right shade of green, his willingness to embrace Cary’s storied football history is part of why he’s been tapped as the man to turn around a program that went 0-11 last season. Cary enjoyed 11 straight years of postseason play before that streak ended in 2013 and it is one of three Wake County schools to win a state title, doing so in 1955.
“This opportunity comes once in a lifetime,” Kirst said. “I’m well aware Cary has a great reputation academically. The tradition athletically is hard to match.”
Kirst just wrapped up his eighth season coaching and teaching at Millbrook, where he coached several different units. He coached the offensive line after previously serving as the Wildcats head JV coach and special teams coordinator.
Cary was coached by former athletic director Kurt Glendenning for two seasons before he resigned shortly after the 2014 campaign.
“He was the one coach of the handful that we brought in to interview personally that had never been a head coach before,” Cary athletic director Mike Dunphy said. “For us, we kind of saw the shifting of the landscape in Wake County football. If you look at the success Wake County football has had at the 4AA, 4A level, it’s been pretty dominant. Having someone who kind of knows the landscape and been a big part of that with Millbrook over in the Cap (Eight Conference) was a big part of it for us.”
Millbrook is 21-7 in the last two seasons but was 3-8 the year prior. Experiencing that turnaround gives Kirst a roadmap to do the same at Cary.
“We went back to work. We didn’t try to make excuses. We identified things we needed to get better at. We need to do that here,” Kirst said. “Those seasons were very valuable. I learned a lot from coach (Clarence) Inscore about how to remain consistent in my message. He did that. That message still remains, whether it’s 11 wins and a third-round appearance or whether it was three wins.”
On Friday, Kirst laid out four pillars to building a program: all players give their all on the field and in the classroom, to be physical, uphold Cary’s tradition and building leaders.
Other than being a “run-first” football team, the X’s and O’s, he said, will be secondary to laying the groundwork of the Cary program .
“We’ve got to establish some norms and expectations and bridge the gap between winter, spring and summer,” Kirst said.
He is now one of four former Millbrook football assistants serving as a head coach in Wake County. The others from Wildcats coach Inscore’s coaching tree are Mike Castellano at Middle Creek, John Poulnott at East Wake and Jermaine Evans at Rolesville.
Inscore said when Kirst told Millbrook players earlier in the day that he was leaving for Cary, there were some tears shed.
“He’s a loyal and dedicated worker. He was with me for eight years. Even if we had different opinions, he backed me 100 percent,” Inscore said. “Mike does a great job establishing relationships, not just the coaches but the players as well and parents.”
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