Butler wrestling got off to a fast start against Cary at the finals of the state wrestling duels yesterday. Cary stormed back and won its third consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A dual team wrestling crown and eighth in the 20-year history of the event. The Imps rolled past Butler 43-18 at Cary High School.
Butler finished the dual-team campaign with a 21-4 record.
The Imps were appearing in their ninth consecutive championship match and 14th all-time as they ran their perfect record to 36-0 on the season.
Butler, which advanced to the state finals after earning the Western Regional title on Friday night with a pair of victories, jumped out to a 6-0 lead with decisions in the first two matches at 135 and 140 pounds. But the Imps got it rolling, paced by the performances of Gabe Brotzman at 152 pounds and Eloheim Palma at heavyweight. The Cary duo shared the Most Valuable Performer award for the championship match.