In the 1990s, Florida State ruled ACC football with an iron hand, winning nine consecutive conference championships under Bobby Bowden. The joke used to be ACC Football was Florida State and the seven dwarfs—plus Duke, which was hoping to become a dwarf.
Of course, times have changed.
But not in whatever league Orange wrestling is competing in. Regardless of whether the Panthers hang their headgear in the 4-A PAC-6, the 2-A Mid-State or the 3-A Big 8, it’s their home until someone proves otherwise. Their reputation proceeds them, just like the Seminoles of 20 years ago.
Orange started its pursuit of its 13 consecutive conference championship on Wednesday night with a 67-0 whitewashing of Cedar Ridge.
Jamar Davis recorded a major decisiion win over Seth McKee to improve to 11-2 at 170.
At 182, Juan Torres capitalized on a strong 3rd place finish at the Jim King Invitational with a 10-5 decision over Demarcus Smith. After starting the season with eleven straight wins, Torres is 12-1.
Shannon Thompson scored his seventh pin of the season in :32 over Ethan Harvey. Thompson is now 7-2 on the year.
Payton Wilson, three weeks removed from football season, scored a major decision over Issac Rivera 12-1.
At 120 pounds, sophomore Bailey Hawkins, mullett and all, scored a pin in 40 seconds. Hawkins is now 12-1 on the season with seven pins.
Grant Thompson also scored a pin at 132 in :47 to improve to 5-3.
Avery Jenkins (145), Joe Scott (152) also recorded decision wins. Scott is 11-1 with his only loss coming in the 152-pound championship at the Jim King Invitatonal on Saturday to the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, Eastern Alamance’s Mitch Dean.
Heavyweight Daylan Alston (12-1), Freshman 113-pounder Gavin Wiggins (9-3), and 126-pounder Jamison Askew (10-3) received forfeit victories.
The Panthers travel to Southwest Guilford on Saturday.
Cedar Ridge travels to the Villan Tournament on Saturday at Biship McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville.

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