The road to a North Carolina dual-team wrestling championship has gone through Winston-Salem the past four seasons. It went through there again Thursday at the 4A West region final.
But the dual-team meet wasn’t over after the Parkland Mustangs beat the Lake Norman Wildcats 42-27 to pick up their 215th -consecutive win. The coaches shared some words over a possible video scandal, and wrestlers almost got into a fight while shaking hands.
The Mustangs accused the Wildcats of sending a parent to video tape Parkland’s first two playoff matches Tuesday. Parkland coach Maurice Atwood said he notified the North Carolina High School Athletic Association of the incident. It was later found out the videographer was not from Lake Norman. Fore said the person was from Raleigh.
“I just wanted to make coach Atwood know that I would rather compete and lose than cheat and win,” Wildcats head coach Morgan Fore said.
The Mustangs forfeited the final three matches Thursday against Lake Norman. Atwood said Wildcat wrestlers’ remarks after receiving forfeits were “unbecoming.” He did not know if those remarks sparked the post-match incident.
“I don’t know what happened with that,” Atwood said.
The Wildcats, the No. 2 team in the state in retrorankings.com’s coaches poll, went into a match as underdogs for only the second time this season. The Mustangs did what they have done the past four years – they won. The Mustangs got out to a 30-0 lead after seven matches. Mike Hayes got a 16-5 major decision for Lake Norman. He beat Miguel Comacho.
Complete Story by Adam Houston of Statesville.com