RetroRankings.com has recognized five wrestlers from Western North Carolina in its all-classifications NCHSAA power rankings for the 2015-16 season.
The website has North Buncombe junior Peter Simonovich as its top 182-pound wrestler, while Enka freshman Phil Daub is No. 2 in 106.
Daub won his first career 3-A state championship at February’s NCHSAA tournament in Greensboro. He is the first freshman state champion in the history of the Jets program.
Team-wise, Mitchell was the 1-A tournament and NCHSAA dual playoffs champion this past season. The Mountaineers have two wrestlers on the RetroRankings.com list – juniors Solomon Duncan (138 pounds) and Dalton Beaver (145).
Finally, Avery County’s Ryan Sheppard is third at 195 pounds.