Watch William Carter on the wrestling mat, and you will find a combination of things he has learned throughout his high school career at C.B. Aycock.
There are techniques he has learned from previous wrestlers while working out in the wrestling room and his passion, desire, and determination to excel on the wrestling mat are hard to miss.
And Carter has undoubtedly excelled on the wrestling mat during his time at C.B. Aycock.
The state qualifier will expand on his talents next season after signing a national letter of intent with the University of Mount Olive on Monday.
“I’m kind of nervous, but it’s really exciting,” Carter said about signing with the Trojans.
Carter joins an up-and-coming that is entering its third season. Carter will also become the fourth C.B. Aycock wrestler to join the UMO wrestling program.
He was drawn to UMO for a variety of reasons. Carter’s older sister, Cyerra Carter, played volleyball at UMO, so he was already familiar with UMO and its atmosphere.
Carter’s former teammate, Tyler Hughes, also put in a good for him with UMO head wrestling coach, Dan Willis, and Carter quickly jumped at the opportunity to join the UMO wrestling program.
Carter also said it was nice staying close to home, so his parents can come and watch him wrestle in college.
“It was everything, and it was exciting to be there,” Carter said. “My sister went to Mount Olive, and I always wanted to go to the same school as her, and when I went there, I just really liked the vibe from the campus and the coaches.”
During his time wrestling at C.B. Aycock, Carter improved every season. As a freshman, he went 9-20 before going 16-14 as a sophomore. Carter had a 43-17 record on the mat as a junior, while this season, Carter had a 25-3 record and qualified for the state tournament.
Carter was also a great teammate who was willing to do whatever it takes to help his teammates improve on the wrestling mat.
“He’s an aggressive, smart wrestler, and he has built himself up,” C.B. Aycock head wrestling coach Brian Doyle said. “To see him as a freshman to how he grew, it’s remarkable how much he grew from his freshman year.
“Him and Turner Bass, I told the team that there’re the ones I’m going to mention from now on in terms of being a partner in the wrestling room.”
C.B. Aycock assistant wrestling coach Mark Bass, who has coached Carter since middle school, said Carter’s achievements are remarkable to see, and he can’t wait to see what Carter will do at the next level.
“It’s a culmination of the work that he’s put in since he started with me in middle school,” Bass said. “The thing I love about wrestling is if you put in the work, you’re going to reap the rewards out of it, and that’s what he’s done. He’s put the work in.”