FUQUAY-VARINA -- The crux of successful wrestling is confidence. The oft-downtrodden programs and wrestlers at Middle Creek and Fuquay-Varina have been in need of some for much of the past decade.
Enter first-year head coaches Mike Castle and Edward Petrosky to help instill some optimism and lay the groundwork for change at both schools.
The turnaround seems to have already started for Fuquay-Varina, which won 57-18 against the Mustangs on Wednesday night.
The Bengals (2-0) have a strong history in the sport, sweeping the 3A team and tournament state titles in 2000 and 2001.
But things haven’t been the same recently – last year’s Fuquay team had just 16 wrestlers and went 5-17.
Petrosky was named head coach just before the school year, and emphasized that everyone was going to have a new slate.
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