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Charlotte Latin earns 15th N.C. championship

The Charlotte Latin wrestling team has a proud tradition of winning, and this year the Hawks added a 15th state title to their trophy case after winning the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state wrestling championship - despite having only one senior, Luke Hedrick, on the roster.

And only one Latin wrestler won an individual state championship: freshman Billy McClelland took the 113-pound crown.

Providence Day, the NCISAA runner-up last year, finished fourth, led by 120-pound state champion Amit Naik and 170-pound state champ Ben Greenburg.

Charlotte Catholic won the ME-GA 7 conference title and finished fifth at the 3A West Regional meet before losing to Freedom in the first round of the 3A dual-team state playoffs.

Ardrey Kell had a historic year, winning its first Southwestern 4A tournament championship after Independence won the SW4A regular season crown.

Wrestler of the Year: Billy McClelland, Charlotte Latin. McClelland is just a freshman at Charlotte Latin, but the 15-year-old has been working on his craft with Hawks' coaches since the fourth grade and is already wrestling well beyond his years.

McClelland went 29-5 overall and won an individual state championship at 113 pounds, leading the Hawks to a state team title as well.

McClelland, who wrestles year round, also competed in the National Prep Wrestling Championships at Lehigh University, where he finished 12th overall in his weight class, just missing All-American status.

Wrestling Coach of the Year: Richard Fletcher, Charlotte Latin. For the last 22 years, Fletcher has been re-writing the Latin wrestling record books on an annual basis.

This year, Fletcher guided his Hawks to the eighth state championship during his tenure, as Latin beat SouthLake Christian by only seven points.

All-South Charlotte News Wrestling Team

106: Weston Jordan, Myers Park - SW4A champion was a leader for the Mustangs.

113: Billy McClelland, Charlotte Latin and Jose Cadena, Myers Park - McClelland won a state championship as freshman; Cadena was SW4A champion and 4A West Regional runner-up.

120: Amit Naik, Providence Day - Junior won his second straight state title.

126: Mark Saleh, Charlotte Christian - Knights' standout was state runner-up.

132: Akio Fujiwara, Ardrey Kell - SW4A champion was also fourth at the 4A West Regional meet.

138: Matt Plaus, Providence Day - Senior finished strong with third-place result at states.

145: Chase Hayes, Charlotte Catholic - Junior followed up state runner-up finish in 2011, with 3A West Regional title this year.

152: Scott Snyder, South Mecklenburg - Sabres' senior was strong late in the season with fourth-place regional finish.

160: Will Davis, Charlotte Country Day - Bucs' leader won a state championship after finishing third at 171 pounds last year.

170: Ben Greenburg, Providence Day - Another talented Charger with a state championship.

182: Charles Haddock, Charlotte Country Day - Finished fourth in the states.

195: Drew Barrett, East Mecklenburg and Zach Carter, Latin - Barrett won the SW4A title and was third at regionals; Carter was state runner-up before also wrestling at the National Prep Wrestling Championships at LeHigh University.

220: Sam Wilson, Charlotte Latin - Another talented Hawk finished as state runner-up.

285: Toby Okwara, Charlotte Latin - Hawks' heavyweight also had a standout season with a state runner-up finish.