Holly Springs head coach Brandon Inge remembers when he had to comb the halls for potential wrestlers.
"We opened up with just freshmen and sophomores, obviously took our lumps those first and second years, but guys learned from that and got better," Inge said.
The Holly Springs wrestling program is on solid ground now but Inge still keeps an eye out while walking the halls. Last year, the Golden Hawks slayed powerhouses Cary, ending the Imps 30 year conference title run.
"It was exciting and motivational because we took down one of the big names," said Daniel Richardson, who is ranked fifth in the state at 151 pounds.
Holly Springs has already defeated Cary this year , proving last year was no fluke.
"It's not a flash in the pan thing. We've been building up to maintaining success," Inge said.
Holly Springs High School has only been in existence for eight years but the wrestling program rivals that of any in the area.
The formula for success is no secret. It's a 30-hour work week for the wrestlers. Their Saturdays include meets with their school team and Sundays entail practices with their club squad. The top wrestlers go at it year-round.
"If I'm wrestling 12 months and you're wrestling four, you're not going to be able to stay on pace," Richardson said. "You got to go to club. You've got to lift."
That year-round formula has proved to be a winner for the Golden Hawks.