SouthLake Christian wrestlers Tristan Black, Gideon Nelson and Roman Rubrecht emerged as state champions at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association finals Saturday, helping the Eagles to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.
Two 12-point losses to unbeaten Mallard Creek during the regular season — by identical 59-47 scores, actually — gave the Hough High Lady Huskies some confidence they could hang with the Mavericks in Friday’s MECKA 4A tournament final.
Caleb Kreitter and E.J. Walker have been painstakingly close before, and the seniors enter this week’s state wrestling tournament with the same goal in mind: win a state championship.
It’s the only thing missing in their successful prep careers.
Six years ago, a new high school in Cornelius finished fifth in its first state swim meet, despite not having a senior class, and it was apparent that Hough High would be a regular contender in the water.
Nothing has changed since.