|YOUNGSVILLE -- Cedar Creek Middle School’s mini-mat dynasty continued this season as the Jaguars repeated as the MAC-9 Conference Tournament Champions.
MAC-9 MAT CHAMPS ONCE AGAIN. Members of the Cedar Creek Middle School wrestling team celebrate after winning the Middle Athletic Conference Tournament. The event was staged in Franklinton. (Photo Submitted)
CCMS, coached by James Smetana, finished perfect in league action after taking the tourney, which was held in February at Franklinton Middle School.
The event proved to be a two-team race between Cedar Creek and North Granville, with the Jaguars winning by just one point (36-35).
Originally, it had been announced that NGMS had claimed the title. But Smetana went home that night and tabulated the results -- and discovered that there had been an oversight in the scoring.
“Something just didn’t seem right to me,’’ Smetana said. “Fortunately, I sat down later and went over the scores. We knew it was going to be close between us and Northern Granville -- we both had the most people in the finals.’’
Bunn was fifth at 20, while Franklinton (6) and Terrell Lane (7) also participated from Franklin County.
Cedar Creek boasted four individual champions -- Carson White (90 pounds), Christian Mondono (98 pounds), D.J. Washington (170 pounds) and Sam Deluke (220 pounds).
Second-place efforts were registered by Joey Deluke (83), J.C. Fairchild (182) and Dylan Hollander (195).
Taking third were Will Rees (106), Hayes Tharrington (120), Zak Carver (132), Jose Rodriguez (138) and Payton Horton (250).
Ian Rogers earned fourth place for Cedar Creek in the 152-pound weight class.
In addition to the tournament, the CCMS wrestling powerhouse went 8-0 in regular season league matchups.
Cedar Creek’s lone loss came by a 51-48 margin to Ravenscroft in a non-conference event in North Raleigh.
Washington went 15-0 on the campaign for the Jaguars, while Sam Deluke was dominant at 14-0.
Cedar Creek also won the crown in 2013 in both the regular season and tournament -- and repeated that success this time around.
CCMS’ mat excellence has also served to help the varsity program at Franklinton High School in long-term fashion as several former Jaguars are now excelling for the Red Rams under Coach Alan Carter.
at Franklinton Middle
1) Cedar Creek 36
2) Northern Granville 35
3) (tie) Hawley and Henderson, both with 23
5) Bunn 20
6) Franklinton 14
7) Terrell Lane 7
8) Butner-Stem 5
9) Eaton-Johnson 2