Deuces were wild for Cabarrus County wrestlers at the individual state championship meet Feb. 26.
Robinson High School's Garrison White won the individual 3A state championship in the 125-pound weight division. It's his second state crown in as many years.
Robinson's Davante Andujar won his team's second individual state championship of the day when he captured the 3A title at 140 pounds.
And Concord High wrestler Nathanael Torrence, at 145 pounds, won the second individual wrestling title in his school's history.
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White, a junior, reached his third straight state championship match. He climbed to the final round with a pin in his first bout, a technical fall in round two and a 16-3 decision in the semifinals. In the final, White took a 7-0 decision from Orange County High's Luke Mincey, an opponent he had defeated twice before.
White won the 112-pound division last year, winning all four of his matches by pin, and was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler. Next year, White (61-2 this year, 163-7 career) will have an opportunity to match Dominic Parisi's school record of three state championships.
"I'm very excited to have the opportunity for another state title, just like my old practice mate Dom Parisi," White said. "That's what I'm going to be thinking about this off-season. I want to be prepared to the best of my ability to get that third state title."
Andujar's title was the climax of four years of steady improvement at Robinson. As a freshman, he placed fifth at regionals, one spot away from qualifying for the state tournament.
As a 130-pound sophomore, Andujar placed sixth at the state championships. Moving up to 135 as a junior, Andujar finished third in the state.
This year, Andujar (64-3) also defeated an opponent from Orange, Zach Rimmer, just as White did. He is 188-56 overall for his high school wrestling career. Robinson lost to Orange in this season's state dual team tournament championship, a year after the Bulldogs beat their nemesis in the 2010 title match.
Torrence left no doubt he was the best in his weight class: His four wins in the tournament came against the wrestlers who ultimately finished second, third, fourth and fifth. He won all those matches by decision, including a 5-4 victory over Charlotte Catholic's Chase Hayes in the final.
Against Hayes, Torrence trailed 4-1 as they entered the final period. Torrence tied the score at 4-4 with about a minute to go, then tied up Hayes legs. Officials deducted a point from Hayes for stalling late in the period, which proved to be the deciding point. Torrence said, however, that he was unaware of the final score when the horn sounded.
"I wasn't for sure I got a point," said Torrence. "I thought it was tied. The ref told me I won. I sat there in shock for a good five minutes."
Torrence became Concord's first state wrestling champ since Hosea Hampton in 1987. He finished the season at 58-3 and is 139-20 for his career. His state championship win gave him the school record for most career victories.