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All-Cabarrus News wrestling team

The Jay M. Robinson wrestling program has built a reputation on the mat.

This year, even with a new head coach in Jerome Davis, the Bulldogs hardly missed a beat winning the South Piedmont Conference, the 3A Midwest regional title and coming within a point of wrestling in the state finals for third time in as many years.

Robinson all-state wrestler Garrison White also capped a remarkable career with his third straight state championship in the process.

While Robinson dominated the mat and the conference's postseason accolades, A.L. Brown (19-15) also made the state dual team playoffs behind senior Robert Smith.

Mount Pleasant, led by senior Matt Newman and junior Ryan Johns, also had a solid season, finishing fifth at the 3A Midwest regional meet.

Hickory Ridge, who took seventh as a team at regionals, also has a bright future with sophomore Troy Gregor leading the charge.

Cabarrus News wrestler of the year: Garrison White, Jay M. Robinson

Garrison White spent all season waiting for the opportunity to win his third straight individual state championship.

When the moment came, he didn't waste any time, pinning Morehead's Dillon Sulkosky in 44 seconds in the 126-pound state final.

White also added another SPC and 3A Midwest regional championship to his resume while going a perfect 52-0 this year. In the process, he was named SPC Wrestler of the Year and Most Outstanding Wrestler at the state meet.

White will continue his wrestling career at Northwestern University, where he hopes to earn even bigger and better accomplishments.

Cabarrus News wrestling coach of the year: Jerome Davis, Jay M. Robinson

Jerome Davis had big shoes to fill when he became the wrestling coach at Jay M. Robinson this season, taking over for Dave Parisi.

But Davis, who moved from A.L. Brown to take over the Bulldogs, didn't disappoint as he led the team to a 21-2 record while winning the conference and regional titles.

Now, Davis has the challenge of keeping the Robinson program at a championship level as he establishes himself as the new constant in Bulldog wrestling machine going forward.

All-Cabarrus News wrestling team

106 pounds - Jonah Swinson (Robinson): SPC champion, 3A Midwest regional runner-up finished fourth at states with 48-5 record on season.

113 pounds - Troy Gregor (Hickory Ridge): Sophomore has bright future after winning the 3A Midwest regionals title before taking third at states with 43-3 record.

120 pounds - Matt Newman (Mount Pleasant): Senior finished strong with 47-5 record and as SPC champion, third at regionals.

126 pounds - Garrison White (Robinson): Individual state tournament MOP, SPC Wrestler of the Year finished on top with another state title.

132 pounds - Hamilton Jones (Robinson): Junior claimed SPC title and was regional runner-up, seventh at states.

138 pounds - Benny Guadarrama (Northwest Cabarrus): Trojan standout won SPC championship in weight class.

145 pounds - John Glunt (Robinson): Junior was SPC champion while also finishing third at regionals.

152 pounds - Kenan Robertson (Robinson): Junior was 3A state-runner-up, regional champion after claiming SPC championship.

160 pounds - Shane Lawless (Central Cabarrus): One of two Vikings to win SPC championship, along with 113-pounder Heath Gleaton.

170 pounds - Robert Smith (A.L. Brown): Senior was regional runner-up before earning a sixth-place finish at states.

182 pounds - Ryan Johns (Mount Pleasant): Junior was SPC and regional champion with fourth-place finish at states.

195 pounds - Keechan Ware (A.L. Brown): Wonder finished strong with SPC championship.

220 pounds - Craig Bailes (Concord): Spiders' senior finished with SPC title and was fourth at regionals, fifth at states.

285 pounds - Josh Chapman (Hickory Ridge): Senior heavyweight finished on top of both the SPC and 3A Midwest regional as champion.

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