One more time, the lightweights from Concord's Jay M. Robinson High School came through.
The Bulldogs won the team points championship at last weekend's 3A state individual wrestling tournament, as sophomore Garrison White (112 pounds) and senior Dominic Parisi (119) won individual state titles.
Five other Robinson wrestlers, all competing at weights of 145 pounds or lighter, placed in the top five.
Robinson scored 128.5 points, beating second-place Orange County High, which had 113.5. On Feb. 15, the Bulldogs defeated Orange in the 3A state dual-team championship match.
Notching pins in all four of his matches, Parisi became only the second Cabarrus County wrestler to win three state titles (Phil Carlton, Mount Pleasant 1989-92). He won state championships in 2008 and 2009, years when Robinson was in 4A.
Over four years, Parisi compiled a 219-11 record, the 10th-most wins in state history. Nine of his 11 losses came in his freshman season.
White won his first state crown in similar fashion, with four straight pins. In the final match, White turned back undefeated defending state champion, Ray Farnsworth of Hickory St. Stephens, and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Freshman Hamilton Jones (103) and junior Davante Andujar (135) finished in third place for the Bulldogs. Senior Caleb Swinson (130) placed fourth, and senior Jay Similton (125) and junior Jake Eldridge each finished fifth.
Coach Dave Parisi credited those wrestlers who did not win individual titles for accumulating enough points for the team to win the championship.
"It's the ultimate mental challenge for a wrestler," he said. "He goes into tournament looking for a state championship, and (then) he's not in it anymore. ... It's so easy to lay down and call it quits. We try to pump our guys up and tell them to come together as a team, as we have all season, and that now is not the time to give up. And they didn't."
Northwest Cabarrus senior Luke Dutch was the runner-up at 135. He lost a majority decision (13-5) to Daniel Ownbey of Enka.