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Central Academy Kyle Montaperto (standing with the sign) added to his legacy of success when he became the first CATA wrestler to win his weight class at the Holy Angels Invitational since Alex Ortiz did it in 2012.

CHARLOTTE — Defending 2A dual team state champion Central Academy placed seventh out of 68 teams in the 2021 Holy Angels Wrestling Invitational at Bojangles Coliseum (Dec. 29-30). It was also the first time that Piedmont High School was the host team for the tournament.

The Cougars were led by three-time state champion Kyle Montaperto (23-0 record), who won the 132-weight class and remained the team’s only unbeaten wrestler. Montaperto, who has signed with Virginia, defeated Central Cabarrus senior Marcus Jackson (19-1) in the final with a 7-2 decision.

Teammates Brady Ross (23-1) and Aiden Curry (24-1) — who are also individual defending state champions — placed among the top three. Ross finished second in the 182 class, and Curry placed third in the 170 class.

Laney won the event with 223 team points, followed by Mooresville (138.5), Hickory Ridge (137.5), Cardinal Gibbons (136.5), Lake Norman (129.5), Avery County (127) and Central Academy (126.5).

Six Union County schools had at least one wrestler place among the top eight, with Parkwood having four placers.

According to Piedmont head wrestling coach Jamie Belk, the event organizers asked his program to take over for Charlotte Catholic.

“It was definitely a learning experience,” Belk said.

“We feel that we will take things and make (the Holy Angels tournament) better in the future.”

Piedmont junior 113-pounder Noah Cauble (26-5) placed third in the 106 class.

Porter Ridge junior 220-pounder Nathan Carnes (20-2) finished second in his weight class.

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