One of the most successful wrestling careers in the history of WNC high schools came to a dramatic end over the weekend at the state wrestling championships in Greensboro.
Phil Daub of Enka completed an undefeated season to win the 3A state title at 152 points with a 14-9 decision over Matt Price of Piedmont.
Daub (59-0) finished his career at 235-9, setting a WNC record for total wins. He wrestled at four weight classes in four seasons and finished first (twice), second and third in the state in those four years.
Five other local wrestlers also won state titles in the 1A division – River Griffith (39-4) of Avery County at 126 pounds; Kade Millsaps (46-3) of Robbinsville at 132; Payne Anderson (38-12) of Robbinsville at 152; Cory Farmer (25-2) of Murphy at 195 and Will Paul (23-3) of Swain County.
Six other WNC grapplers reached the state championship round before losing – 4A McDowell’s Toney McGee (56-1) at 126; 3A North Henderson’s Josh Blatt (47-4) at 120; 3A North Henderson’s Paul Searcy (51-1) at 160; 2A Hendersonville’s Daniel Pearce (33-6) at 160; 1A Avery’s Lucas Andrews (35-8) at 160 and 1A Robbinsville’s Matt Lovin (42-10) at 113.