The Wake Forest football coaching staff saw something in Holly Springs center Nick Luedeke other coaches didn’t.
Or perhaps the Deacons just found out more about the 6-foot-5, 245-pound senior who committed to the Deacons this month.
“I really believe Wake Forest sees something in me that some other schools didn’t,” Luedeke said. “Everybody I met with at other schools said they liked me but they couldn’t offer me. Wake Forest is my dream school.”
Luedeke’s father was a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman at Penn State and his mother was a decathlete, long jumper and high jumper at the school.
Nick Luedeke weighed 165 pounds as a freshman and played at 205 last year. He did not play lacrosse last spring so he could concentrate on weight training.
“I want to still be an athlete,” he said. “I didn’t want be 300 pounds in high school. I’ve got plenty of room to get bigger in college.”
Luedeke, who has a 4.125 GPA, attended camp at Wake Forest in June and has been in contact with the coaches since. They offered him a scholarship, and he immediately accepted. “Wake Forest has been my No. 1,” he said. “I’m all in.”
Cary wrestler Clark places nationally: Rising junior Will Clark became the third-ever Cary wrestler to place in the ASICS/Vaughan Cadet and Junior National Championships – or, as its known in the wrestling community, “Fargo,” as it is held in Fargo, N.D.
Clark, wrestling in the Cadet division, beat five wrestlers in the national tournament by tech fall, then pinned another. After the 6-0 start, Clark lost to eventual champ Carter Happel from Iowa, then two more wrestlers, to place eighth in the 132-pound class. He was the only wrestler from North Carolina to place.
Clark joins Cary wrestlers Mike Robertson and Rick Brownlee as the only other two to place in that tourney.
Cary golfer wins: Emilia Migliaccio of Cary won a girls’ golf tournament last weekend at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines with a 2-under-par 140. The victory qualifies her to play in the state championships, which will be at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst on Aug. 5-8.