by Marty Simpkins
ROLESVILLE — After Rolesville defeated Knightdale Jan. 21, Rams wrestling became the first sports program in school history to finish the regular season with a winning record.
Although the Rams lost to Garner Jan. 28, coach Michael Grether said that the future is bright for the wrestling team.
“We are blessed to be at a great school with awesome support from our principals, athletic director, parents and student body,” Grether said. “It is a privilege to be able to reward that support with a winning record. Knowing the hard work of all the Rolesville athletes, this is but the first of many winning seasons for Rolesville Athletics.”
With a 4-3 conference record and going 12-11 overall, the Rolesville Rams traveled to East Wake High School in Wendell to compete in the 4-A Greater Neuse River conference championship tournament Saturday.
Three different Rolesville wrestlers placed second in their weight class: 106-pounder Anthony Frie, 113-pounder Matt Mims and 120-pounder Brandon Acklin.
At the last wrestling event of the season, the Rolesville team finished fourth, which is a big step forward considering the fact that they finished last in the previous season.
“This event went very well for our team,” Grether said. “It showed just how far we have come since last year. To jump to fourth, and putting people onto the podium, was immensely rewarding for our wrestlers who have worked very hard this season.”