White wins third state title

Another season, another state champion for Garrison White and Jay M. Robinson High School.

White, a senior, won his third straight 3A state wrestling title Feb. 25. It's the fifth straight year a Bulldogs wrestler has accomplished the feat.

Robinson High, the 2010 team points champion, placed three individuals in the top five and finished third overall.

White had a dominant tournament run. He pinned his final opponent, Dillon Sulkosky of Morehead, in 44 seconds.

"He went out there and handled business," said Robinson coach Jerome Davis. "His plan was to get a couple of early takedowns and get a lead. But it didn't even come to that."

In his first of two matches, White recorded a technical fall and pin. He had his closest match in the semifinals, but the result wasn't close at all. He registered a 19-5 major decision over Union Pines' Jaiden Lindsey.

White completed the season with a 53-0 record. His four-year mark of 216-7 fell three victories short of the school career wins record, held by Dominic Parisi (219-11).

White, who has signed with Northwestern University, became only the third Cabarrus County wrestler to win three state titles (Parisi in 2008-10 and Phil Carlton, Mount Pleasant, 1989-92).

"He's very competitive," said Davis. "He's a hard-working young man. He has all the tools to be a successful Division I wrestler and a successful human being."

Finishing as a state runner-up for Robinson High was 152-pound junior Kenan Robertson, who got pinned in the finals by South Brunswick's John Wiley. Robertson advanced to the championship match with a major decision and two decisions.

Bulldogs sophomore Jonah Swinson reached the consolation finals at 106 pounds and finished fourth. Junior Hamilton Jones (132) also scored team points by winning two of his four matches at the meet.

Three other Cabarrus County wrestlers finished in the top five: Hickory Ridge sophomore Troy Gregor was third at 113 pounds; Mount Pleasant junior Ryan Johns (182) finished fourth; and Concord senior Craig Bailes (220) placed fifth.