In nearly three years of high school wrestling, Lake Norman senior Harrison Honeycutt has lost only once in 135 matches.
This weekend, he will attempt to win his third straight state championship to close out his high school career.
Honeycutt, who will wrestle at N.C. State University next season, was 53-0 his sophomore year, capped by a 3A state title in the 189-pound weight class. Then, as a junior, he posted a 50-0 mark, including a state championship in the 215-pound weight class, in his first year in division 4A.
Honeycutt, who won 126 matches from his sophomore to his senior year, finally lost when an injured groin caused him to be disqualified, falling to Morehead's Ian Kirkman.
"Personally, I don't think about the streak a lot. I just try to take things match by match," Honeycutt said earlier this season. "But I definitely want to go out on top. I think we all do."
Lake Norman has seven other wrestlers with chances to win state titles in their weight classes, including six seniors.
Sophomore Cody Karns (103 pounds) is 42-3 and ranked No. 1 in the state, according to retrorankings.com. Senior Josh Smith (160) also is ranked No. 1, with a 41-0 record. They have the best shots other than Honeycutt.
But seniors Nick Rodrigues (140), Mike Hayes (145), Alex Henry (152), Hunter Dowless (171) and Collin Foster (189) also are among the state's top eight wrestlers in their classes.
More state contenders
Lake Norman isn't the only team with wrestlers among the best in their weight classes.
Mooresville's Tyler Bruton (160), No. 2 in the state, likely will challenge Josh Smith for the 4A title, while senior Hunter Hefner (145) also may contend.
Hopewell senior Nick Watson (189) also has a great shot at a state championship. He is No. 3 in the state and 33-1 this season.
The Southlake Christian boys and girls swim teams aren't state champions, but they have a chance to be on Monday, when both squads swim in the NCISAA 1A/2A state title meet in Rock Hill, S.C.
The Eagles' boys team won the Metrolina Athletic Conference last week. Austin Meletiou led the way, winning the 100 breaststroke. Southlake's 200 freestyle relay team also won; John Baker, Ryan Belter, Vasili Dounis and Ryan Scott teamed for the victory.
The Eagles girls probably have a better shot at winning it all, as they easily won the MAC title by 102 over Covenant Day. Taylor Wilson led with wins in the 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle relay.
Both Southlake Christian teams finished fifth at the state meet last year.
The public school swimming season is over, and several lake-area athletes won state championships.
Hough's Peter Brumm won the 100 butterfly in his first season in division 4A with the first-year Huskies. Brumm, a junior who transferred from Lake Norman Charter, was a big part of the Hough team, which finished fifth in the state.
Lake Norman Charter freshman Jill Mulveney was the only other area individual to win at states, taking the 1A/2A diving title.
The Knights, who finished second overall, also got a state title from the 200 IM relay team of Lauren Davis, Emily Hunt, Meaghan Noble and Rina Leonidas.