Havelock junior Ryan Davis showed that his freshman year was no fluke.
He placed sixth at the 2011 state wrestling tournament, and then failed to qualify the following year.
Davis rebounded with a second-place result in the 132-pound weight class at the 3A state championships Saturday in Greensboro.
“He’s had a great year,” Havelock coach Pat Whitford said. “After his freshman year, people started taking a little bit of notice, then after last, somebody said maybe that freshman year was a fluke.
“People definitely know who he is now.”
Davis went 55-5 on the season, won Coastal 3A Conference and eastern 3A regional championships, then took runner-up at Saturday’s state tournament.
“I can’t help but be disappointed for not winning, but I can see a bright side out of it — I’ve been working hard,” Davis said. “I feel like I deserve it, but I got second.
“I’m going to hit the gym hard like I always do and try to get it next year.”
Davis lost to West Iredell’s Payton Shuford 6-4 in the finals. Before that, he beat East Henderson’s Aaron Ownesby (8-1), Northeast Guilford’s Patrick Brown (3-2) and Fred T. Foard’s Ben Pitts (7-4).
“I guess there were a lot of jitters,” Davis said. “It was my first time in the finals, so I was slow into the match. Once I got into it, I was doing really well, but I just came up short.”
Junior John Ellis, at 152 pounds, won one match of three, while freshman Tanner Stamper-Smith, who placed second in the regionals, lost both of his matches.
“Tanner, just making it to states as a freshman, is quite an accomplishment,” Whitford said. “This is a kid that wasn’t even in our starting lineup a couple months ago.
“To work his way in says a lot. If he can make the same strides, and we get him in our offseason program, he could be back.”