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Feb 1Fri 6:30p -9:00p Region 3-AAAA Championships The Region 3-AAAA Championships will be at Lexington High School. Matches will start at 6:30pm.
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White Knoll dominates B-C White Knoll dominates B-C
By RON AIKEN
Staff Writer

In the school's second year, the White Knoll wrestling team can lay claim to a distinction that only the baseball and cheer teams can -- region champions.

With a convincing 50-20 victory over defending region 5-AAA champion Brookland-Cayce at White Knoll, the eleventh-ranked Timberwolves (19-4, 3-0) put the finishing touches on a 10-match turnaround from last season's 9-8 team.

"I think we wrestle with as much heart as anyone in any classification," White Knoll coach Jody Truesdale said. "Though this doesn't mean we're in the upper echelon yet, I think we've established that we are a team that will consistently strive for the upper echelon."

Brookland-Cayce (15-5, 2-1) lost its grip on the match early, a fact that disappointed coach Quincy Riley.

"The turning point came in the first match, at the 145-pound class," Riley said. "That really turned out to be a key match.

"Then we lost our 103 match and our 112 match by pin. After that, it all kind of went downhill. I was very surprised at just how poorly we wrestled tonight."

Truesdale said when 145-pounder Chris Minemier was told he'd have the chance to lead off the meet, his reaction was indicative of his competitive desire.

"He jumped completely off the ground and screamed, 'Yes!'," Truesdale said. "As a senior leader, he expects pressure to be put on him.

"He's one of the hardest-working athletes I've ever seen, and even though he's not as strong as most of the people he wrestles against, he never gives up.

"He charged out there, put a headlock and toss on him, locked him up and it was over. We fed off that enthusiasm and fire the rest of the way."

Riley was at a loss to find positives in a match in which his team won just four of 14 matches, and one of those was a forfeit.

"I felt we really had an opportunity to show how well we can perform," Riley said. "And we didn't do it."

Brookland-Cayce 50, White Knoll 20

At White Knoll

103: Clayston Blackston (WK) dec. Cody Garnett 112: Travis Smith (WK) pin Bobby Burgess 119: Adam Holmes (WK) dec. Sam Hoy 125: Andy Deal WK pin Tre Bray 130: Matt Horton (WK) pin Brandon Lee 135: Josh Williams (WK) dec. Zach Hudson 140: Matt Johnson (BC) pin Chris Voravudhi 145: Chris Minemier (WK) pin Terence Guinyard 152: Rorey Garnett (BC) dec. Trey Whitmire 160: Justin Mahaffey (WK) dec. David Coats 171: Stuart Jennings (WK) pin Chris Doab 189: Wesley McManus (BC) dec. Paul Loy 215: Trey Moss (WK) pin Michael Smith 275: Blake Hudson (BC) won forfeit. Rec: BC 15-5, 2-1 WK 19-4, 3-0.

Region III 4A Tournament with Lexingon, Airport, O-W, Irmo Complete Results! .
Bearcats, Jackets make Upper State wrestling field
Bearcats, Jackets make Upper State wrestling field
By Barry Byers The Herald

(Published February 1‚ 2002)

The wrestling pairings for the Upper State team championships were completed late Thursday afternoon, and two Herald-area teams made the field.

Fort Mill got the No. 4 seed and hosts No. 5 Lexington on Wednesday. Rock Hill got in as the No. 8 seed, and travels to No. 1-seeded Irmo on Wednesday.

Hillcrest is seeded second and hosts No. 7 Mauldin. Byrnes got the No. 3 seed and hosts No. 6 Laurens.

"We deserve to be in the playoffs,'' Rock Hill head coach Tim Wash said. "It doesn't matter who we wrestle or where we wrestle. We're going to the playoffs to fight, and I'm very excited about how hard our kids are working to get better.''

Dutch Fork athletics director Bill Kimrey counted the points and paired the teams. He said the Lower State bracket will be announced this morning.

"All of the teams in the Upper State got a bye Monday and begin wrestling Wednesday,'' Kimrey said. "The Lower State has more teams (12), so they actually wrestle an extra round and start Monday night.''

Monday night, seeds five through 12 in the Lower State wrestle, with the winners advancing to Wednesday's second round against the top four seeds, which got first-round byes.

Wednesday's eight winners - four from the Upper State and four from the Lower State - advance to the third round Friday night at Irmo High School.

The four winners come back Saturday morning and wrestle in the semifinals, with the two survivors meeting for the state championship later in the afternoon.

Summerville, which wrestles in the Lower State, won last year's championship. Rock Hill and Fort Mill made the final eight.

The Class AAA pairings will be announced as soon as they are released.

Contact Barry Byers at 329-4099 or bbyers@heraldonline.com
Feb 2Sat 9:00a Region 2-AAAA Tournament @ Fort Mill Byrnes, Gaffney, Dorman, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Northwestern, and Fort Mill will battle it out with the top three wrestlers in each weight class advancing to the upper state tournament.
WESTERN AAA REGION TOURNAMENT RESULTS (AT BHP) .
Region II-AAAA Tournament
@Fort-Mill
Region 2-4A Tournament at Fort Mill
Region Coach of Year: Russ Howard- Byrnes
Region Wrestler of Year: Robbie Powell - Byrnes
103Brandon Goen-Byrnes dec. Chris Jackson-RH 7-6, 3rd. Tristen Horan-FM
112 John Fordham-FM dec. Roderick Wright-RH 12-8, 3rd. Mike Peay-Byrnes
119 Ryan Cloonan-Byrnes dec. Antonio Knox-Nwestern 13-7, 3rd. Dee Templeton-FM
125 Cole Wilson-Byrnes dec. Riley Galloway-Nwestern 4-2, 3rd Danny Conway-RH
130 JJ Davis-Byrnes WBForfeit Jay Owens-RH, 3rd Charlie Platovsky-FM
135 Paul Ballenger-Byrnes dec. John Teague-RH 6-5, John Pettus-FM
140 Andy King-FM dec. Abdel Nassar -Byrnes 4-3, 3rd. AJ Massey-Northwestern
145 Robbie Powell-Byrnes fall Jason Starnes-RH 5:05
152 Alonzo Azumendi-Byrnes dec. Warren Pressley-Spartanburg 3rd Joey Dugas-FortMill
160 Craig Albers-Fort MIll WBForfeit Ross Owens-Dorman 3rd Tim Price -RH
171 1. Suttles-BY Dec. Sabath FM 6-2, 3rd Justin Williams-RH
189 1. Miller-Byrnes dec. Grase-RockHill 5-4, 3rd Mark Price FM
215 Mitch Anthony-byrnes dec. Andrew Teague-RH 3-0, 3rd Vince Santolla-FM
275 Mitch Anthony-Dorman Fall Jared McCall 3:41 3rd Donald Bluhm-Byrnes
Region 4-AAAA Championships 103: 1.Firtko(DF) 2.Robinson(SV) 3.Moody(LR)
112: 1.Pollock(DF) 2.Keller(Su) 3.Shopshire(SV)
119: 1.Kimrey(DF) 2.George(L) 3.Diggins(RNE)
125: 1.Ellis(DF) 2.Allen(Su) 3.Delk(DV)
130: 1.Fuller(SV) 2.Steir(DF) 3.Allen(Su)
135: 1.Selke(DF) 2.Ramirez(RNE) 3.Malloch(SV)
140: 1.Benton(DF) 2.Henry(R) 3.Garza(RNE)
145: 1.Neitz(SV) 2.Carpenter(DF) 3.Truesdale(L)
152: 1.Nazionale(RV) 2.Jovanelly(DF) 3.Pollock(RNE)
160: 1.Kuhn(SV) 2.Lambert(DF) 3.White(Su)
171: 1.Robertson(DF) 2.Bussert(SV) 3.Hayes(L)
189: 1.Lambert(DF) 2.Allen(R) 3.Ford(RNE)
215: 1.Leone(DF) 2.Epps(LR) 3.Etheridge(SV)
275: 1.Mills(L) 2.Porterfield(SV) 3.Simms(LR)
Region 5-AAA Wrestling and This weeks Dual Matchups across the state. Region 5-AAA Wrestling

At White Knoll

103: Clayton Blackston (White Knoll);. Cody Garnett (B-C); Eric McClam (Dreher), Stephen Price (Newberry); 112: Bobby Burgess (B-C); Travis Smith (WK); Baxter Brown (Dreher); Willie Garmon (Newberry)

119: Adam Holmes (WK); Jeffrey Pierce (N); Sam Hoy (B-C); 125: Andy Deal (WK); Timmy Smith (D); 130: Benny Isaac (D); Matt Horton (WK); Tre Brey (B-C); 135: Josh Williams (WK); Stuart Lesley (N); Zach Hudson (B-C); Jeremiah Gentry (D); 140: Matt Johnson (B-C); Chris Voravudhi (WK); Jon Boggs (D); 145: Chris Minemier (WK); Terrance Guinyard (B-C); Roy Rembert (D); 152: Rory Garnett (B-C); Michael Hood (D); L.J. Suber (N); Trey Whitmire (WK); 160: Justin Mahaffey (WK); Ross Potts (D); Ben Baird (N); Kyle James (B-C); 171: Logan Burgess (N); Lester Gaskin (D); Stuart Jennings (WK); Chris Doub (B-C); 189: Brandon Carnes (N); Paul Loy (WK); Wesley McManus (B-C); Steve Gibson (D); 215: Xuan Yu (D); Trey Moss (WK); Tony Nolan (N); Michael Smith (B-C); 275: Blake Hudson (B-C); Tim Parr (N)

Wrestling Playoffs

Class AAAA playoffs

First round

Feb. 4

UPPER STATE

Irmo, Rock Hill, Lexington, Fort Mill, Byrnes, Laurens, Hillcrest, Mauldin have first-round byes.

LOWER STATE

Summerville, Hartsville, Stratford, Dutch Fork have first-round byes.

Beaufort at Hilton Head

Battery Creek at Spring Valley

Fort Dorchester at Marlboro County

Class AAA playoffs

First round

Feb. 4

UPPER STATE

Berea at Eastside

Seneca at Greenville

Wade Hampton at Chester

Broome at Belton-Honea-Path

LOWER STATE

Georgetown at Lake City

N. Myrtle Beach at N. Charleston

Brookland-Cayce at White Knoll

Camden at Lugoff-Elgin

Class AA-A playoffs

First round

Feb. 2

UPPER STATE

Liberty at Chapman

Indian Land at West Oak

Christ Church at Chapin

Landrum at Woodruff

Ninety-Six at Emerald

Palmetto at Buford

Walhalla, Crescent have first-round byes

LOWER STATE

Edisto at Aynor

Carver's Bay at Loris

Chesterfield, Academic Magnet, Cheraw, Bishop England, North Central, Swansea have first-round byes.

Second round

Feb. 4

Academic Magnet at Cheraw

North Central at Bishop England

HHH sends 10 to Lower State individual tournament HHH sends 10 to Lower State individual tournament
Seahawk wrestlers come away with six Region 6-AAAA titles
BY BECK PRIDEMORE
SPECIAL TO THE PACKET
Published Sunday, February 3rd, 2002

BEAUFORT -- The last time Hilton Head High School's wrestling team came to the Beaufort High gym, the Seahawks left with a third-place trophy and scowls on their faces.

At Saturday's Region 6-AAAA tournament, they were all smiles as the Seahawks placed 10 of their wrestlers -- including six region champions -- in the Lower State tournament to be held at Dutch Fork on Feb. 15-16.

"I'm happy with the way we wrestled," Hilton Head High coach John Hollman said. "I'm extremely happy with the way some of our guys sucked it up and showed tenacity today. It seemed like, in some situations, that all that we needed to do was really believe that we could win. And when we saw that we could win, we went out there and wrestled to the best of our ability. It doesn't really matter who you put on the mat in front of us too many times. When we wrestle as well as we can wrestle, we'll wrestle with anybody."

One of the first of Hollman's troops to prove he can wrestle with anybody is 152-pound senior Mike Sunkins, who defeated Summerville's Jon Bragg 10-5 in the finals. The victory was the 126th of Sunkins' career and broke Will Ryan's year-old school mark of 125.

"That was huge for him," Hollman said. "But I think if you went up and asked him, he'd say it feels good and everything, but he's already looking forward to the state championships."

Justin Nierode, Hilton Head's 112-pounder, started things off right for the Seahawks, taking the first championship of the day, defeating Summerville's Tyler LaPrad 4-1 in the final. The win was the first of six for Hilton Head High, which posted a 6-2 mark in the finals. One of those wins, by 130-pounder Mauro Bria, gave the Seahawks their only repeat champion.

"(Bria's) whole mission in life, his whole reason for being alive right now, for maintaining a heartbeat and waking up every morning right now is to win a state championship," Hollman said. "Nothing hurt him worse than qualifying as a sophomore and then not qualifying last year. So, come hell or high water, he's determined to get it done."

Bria, a junior, moved into third place on the team's all-time victory mark. He has 109.

And he's not the only Seahawk with a bucketful of determination, Hollman said. Other region champions from Hilton Head High were Justin Nierode (112), Adam Takach (119), Alex Piper (135) and Evans Capers (215). Chris Newton (160) and Chris Wetmore (189) finished second in their weight classes.

"Today, I really pressed the sense of urgency about the meaning of today," Hollman said. "It's easy on a beautiful Saturday afternoon like this to walk in here and treat it like any other day, but it's not. This is the postseason. It's win or go home. I really tried to press the sense of urgency upon them today and make them believe that this is what we work for all year long."

Region power Summerville won seven championships, but the Green Wave was 2-4 against the Seahawks in title matches.

"It's like I tell the guys, everybody's record is now 0-0," Hollman said. "It's the guys who want to win the most and apply the things they've learned that will get the job done. And we really did today."

The only wrestler not from Hilton Head High or Summerville to win a region championship on Saturday was Fort Dorchester's Anthony Corwin, who needed two overtimes to best Battery Creek's Adam Bessinger, a defending state champion, in the 125-pound final.

Next up for the Seahawks is the first round of the Class 4-A state dual tournament, at 7 p.m. Monday, at home against Beaufort High School.

"That's the tough thing when you put the dual tournament in between the individual tournaments, because now we have guys who have to shift their focus back to the team concept again," Hollman said. "But this team's so strong and we have such a good brotherhood and there's such good team chemistry, that the guys will be happy to rally around. We're looking forward to our match on Monday."


REGION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS


103-pounds -- Championship: Andrew Young (SUM) def. Zach Johnson (BC), 3-0; Consolation: Aaron Whitmore (BHS) def. Chris Conley (HHH), 15-12.

112-pounds -- Championship: Justin Nierode (HHH) def. Tyler Laprad (SUM), 4-1; Consolation: Alvin Simmons (BC) pinned Bret Riedmayer (BHS), 1:06 left third.

119-pounds -- Championship: Adam Takach (HHH) def. Gerald Turner (SUM), 2-1; Consolation: Richard Watson (BC) def. Chris Nawrocki (FTD), 12-2.

125-pounds -- Championship: Anthony Corwin (FTD) def. Adam Bessinger (BC), 5-4 2OT; Consolation: Brad Kiebler (SUM) def. Matt Spado, 19-6.

130-pounds -- Championship: Mauro Bria (HHH) def. Joe Wickenhofer (SUM), 6-3; Consolation: Killian Lane (BHS) pinned Amos Williams (BC), 1:32 left third.

135-pounds -- Championship: Alex Piper (HHH) def. Curtis Graham(BC), 8-6; Consolation: Joe Riley (SUM) def. Adam Castrantas (BHS), 2-1.

140-pounds -- Championship: Terry Riley (SUM) def. Brian Yates (FTD), 18-2; Consolation: Kyle Scanlin (HHH) def. Stephen Henry (BHS), 13-9.

145-pounds -- Championship: Toby Wickenhofer (SUM) pinned Stryker Huffman (FTD), :36 left 2nd; Consolation: Allen Moultrie (BC) pinned Jessie Budi (BHS), 1:21 left 2nd.

152-pounds -- Championship: Mike Sunkins (HHH) def. Jon Bragg (SUM), 10-5; Consolation: Adam Holmquist (BHS) def. Jason Ruiz (FTD), 14-6.

160-pounds -- Championship: Sharron Gathers (SUM) def. Chris Newton (HHH), 11-9; Consolation: Kenny Brown (BC) def. Aaron Greene (BHS), 15-9.

171-pounds -- Championship: Khalif Chavis (SUM) pinned Jamie McClendon (FTD), :53 left 3rd; Consolation: Greg Wegman (BHS) def. Jeff Sanders (BC), 9-1.

189-pounds -- Championship: Jada Ross (SUM) def. Chris Wetmore (HHH), 20-7; Consolation: Willie Turral (BHS) pinned Kevin Hamaker (BC), 1:39 left 2nd.

215-pounds -- Championship: Evans Capers (HHH) pinned Ryan Bell (FTD), :01 left 1st; Consolation: Aaron Singleton (BC) pinned Jerome Jenkins (SUM), 1:26 left 2nd.

275-pounds -- Championship: Dustin Fry (SUM) pinned Spencer Bobian (BC), :03 left 1st; Consolation: Adam Schiller (HHH).

Top three advance to Lower State Championship
Eagles, Red Raiders end strong
Eagles, Red Raiders end strong
By Bob Castello
STAFF WRITER
bcastell@greenvillenews.com

The last match had been over for nearly 10 minutes, but Greenville High wrestling coach Chuck Winney had plenty of energy left.

The Red Raiders finished with three champions at Saturday's Peach Blossom AAA meet at Wade Hampton High School. This after Greenville had registered a 13-3 dual record, including 5-1 in the region, good for second place.

"It's been almost spiritual," Winney said of the Raiders' success this season, the rapport he's had with his wrestlers and the support he's received from his assistant coaches and the parents. "It's been amazing."

Greenville finished second in the region to Eastside. The Eagles have won 10 straight league titles, and they also had the most champions Saturday, with six.

Eastside's Cong Cap (103-pound weight class), Terry Christmas (125), Brent Poynter (160) and Matt Crawford (171) were Greenville County champions, and they repeated the feat. The Eagles' Daniel Leader (112) and Glen Williams (145) also placed first.

Byron Watkins recorded Greenville's initial first-place finish Saturday, winning at 119. Watkins (27-4), a sophomore, is a two-time region champion.

Elliot Wright, Greenville's 215-pounder, had split two previous meetings with Blue Ridge's Antonio Flemings. Saturday's final went to Wright by pin.

Raiders freshman heavyweight Travis Kennedy had never wrestled before this season. He had lost twice to Wade Hampton's Trey Alexander, the county champion, but Kennedy pinned Alexander for the region crown.

Wright is one of Greenville's six seniors, a group of which Winney is "especially proud."

"They've come through four years with me and stuck with it," Winney said. "I just keep praising them and pushing them, and they have come through. I'm going to really miss this group, when it's all said and done, because they're "real special."

Riverside had two champions, Park Webster at 140 and Tyler Harris at 189; and Wade Hampton had two, Josh Turner at 135 and Tony Hall at 152. Greer's Jayvon Jackson placed first at 130.
Air Force Wins Third Straight All-Academy Wrestling Championships
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Air Force Wins Third Straight All-Academy Wrestling Championships
Charleston, SC — The United States Air Force Academy won their fourth consecutive All-Academy Championship
at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Eight nationally ranked wrestlers competed in Saturday's competition.
At 125-pounds Air Force's Heath McKim defeated VMI's Juan Sanchez 4-1. The Citadel's Brandon Gates finished in
third defeating Sam Gray of Navy, 11-3.
Andy Peters of the Air Force Academy defeated The Citadel's Sean Markey 7-3. Mike Simon of Navy, won 10-4
over T.J. Grider of Army.
Senior, Mark Conley of Navy, entered competition ranked second in the nation at the 141-pound weight class
(American Wrestling News). "This was a great event to showcase the academies talent," stated Conley. "It's clear to
see that the talent that stems from the academies is capable of wrestling at the level of any of the NCAA wrestling
competitors." Conley won 7-4 over Army's Phillip Simpson. Phillip Simpson was ranked 13th (AWN). Mark DiSalvo
of VMI beat Vince Bartges of The Citadel 8-2.
Scott Frohardt of the Air Force Academy entered the championships ranked 11th in the nation (Wrestling Mall), and
won his weight class for the fourth consecutive year. Frohardt was the first ever wrestler to win four championships at
the All-Academies. "This is a tournament everyone looks forward to," stated Frohardt. "We are all in the same boat,
and we experience the same things. That's what makes this a great tradition." Frohardt beat Mike Parsons of VMI 7-
3. The Citadel's Wayne Watts beat Army's Eric Miller 11-9 for third.
Adam Britt, VMI's 157-pounder, entered as the 17th ranked wrestler (AWN) in the nation. Britt defeated Air Force's
Blaine Brown 12-1. Army's Jeremy Conner finished third as he defeated Navy's Mike Carbonaro.
Senior Mike Regner (165) placed third last year, but was The Citadel's only champion. "This was my fourth time at it,"
said Regner. "It feels like it was all worth it, competing these last three years." Regner beat the Air Force's San Sheretz
2-1. Luke Lazzo of Navy, beat Jason Kontopedes of VMI 9-8 for third.
"I'm very happy for Mike," coach Rob Hjerling stated. "To win the All-Academies at The Citadel his senior year and
have his father (Southern Conference champion) present him the award was a special moment for him."
The 174-pound class was one of the toughest of the day as Air Force's Terry Parham and VMI's Matt Erwin started
the day ranked 16th and 17th respectively in the nation. Erwin defeated the higher ranked Parham 10-7 to earn the
championship. The Army's Matt Bernard beat Navy's Andrew Hemminger 3-1 to take third.
In the 184-pound weight class Army's Graig Cooper earned his second All-Academy title as he defeated Jason Cox of
VMI by a 6-4 decision. Chris Springer of the Merchant Marine defeated Travis Mannion of Navy to pick up the thirdplace
finish.
At 197-pounds Navy's Mike Bigrigg defeated Army's Jon Paxton 11-6, while The Citadel's Jordan Everett beat VMI's
Brian Toney 3-1 for third.
Heavyweight, Kevin Hoy of Air Force was ranked ninth in the nation (AWN), and Navy's heavyweight Stephen
Kovach 18th as the two squared off in the finals. Hoy held off Kovach 2-1 for the first-place finish. The Citadel's Billy
Linane beat Army's Tom Anderson 7-2. The Citadel needed only a pin in the last match of the day to pass Army and
finish in fourth, but fell just short in the dramatic final seconds as Linane recorded a near fall in the closing moments.
"We wrestled hard and consistent throughout the day," said coach Hjerling. "The difference between third- and fifthplace
was a bunch of one-point matches. We hope to turn those around before the end of the season."
The Ken Shelton Award for the Most Outstanding Wrestler went to the Air Force's Scott Frohardt. The fastest fall was
The Citadel's Jordan Everett in :37 seconds. The coach of the year went to Air Force's Wayne Baughman. Kings
Point (Merchant Marine) was the college division's champion.
Team scores are as follows:
United States Air Force Academy – 89
Virginia Military Academy - 80
United States Naval Academy – 73.5
United States Military Academy - 66
The Citadel – 64.5
United States Merchant Marine Academy – 15
United States Coast Guard Academy – 6
Norwich University – 0.5
Cyclones grab eight titles Cyclones grab eight titles
By Michael O'Brien The Herald

(Published February 4‚ 2002)

CHESTER -"Chester, which rolled to a perfect record in the regular season in Region 3-AAA, proved its dominance again Saturday by capturing the most individual championships in the region tournament in the Chester gym.

By virtue of its eight champions, the Cyclones also grabbed the team title over second-place Broome 228 to 211 1/2.

York's Cougars also had a positive showing in the tournament, sending six wrestlers to the finals and picking up one title.

"We had a good day," Cyclones coach Tony Lancaster said. "We wrestled really hard. Even our guys who didn't end up on top wrestled as hard as they could."

With only four teams in Region 3-AAA, all the wrestlers who competed in the tournament qualified for the Upper State tournament at Greenville's Eastside High School in Greenville on February 15th and 16th. The top four finishers in each weight class at that tournament will earn spots the next weekend at the state finals in the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia.

While everyone who competed Saturday got an Upper State bid, the champions of each division were named All-Region 3-AAA and, as Lancaster put it, earned their way to ""eating some barbecue at the region banquet in Union.''

Adrian Davis got the ball rolling in the finals for the Cyclones. He avoided two near falls late in his match with Broome's Jon-Paul Duggins and held on for a 8-6 decision victory.

The 119-pound bout produced the second straight Chester champion when Chris Orr pinned Broome's Tazz Petty 20 seconds into the second period.

Keith Richardson picked up the Cougars only title of the day as he opened up a big lead on Chester's Desmond Cherry and finally got his shoulders on the mat with just two seconds left in the second period.

"I am really pleased with our champion," York coach Curtis Godwin said. "He (Richardson) did really well in the region all year and looked good today."

The Cyclones won the next three weight classes.

Hamp Loving picked up his championship in the 135-pound match with a hard fought 5-3 decision over Broome's Paul Halphen and was followed by two straight pinfalls from Carlos Hinton at 140 and Alex Houston at 145.

Another three-match run by Chester ended the tournament. Michael Chisholm at 189 and heavyweight Chad Land won by pin.

Sandwiched in between, Marlos Stevenson fought off a valiant come-back effort from York's Ricky Lemmons and picked up a 7-6 victory to be named champion in the 215-pound weight class.

"We are conditioned to wrestle for six minutes," Lancaster said. "We don't come out looking for the early pin, we get ready to go hard all the way to the end. And we saw some of our guys get wins that they had to fight for all six minutes."

TEAM SCORES

Chester (C) 228, Broome (B) 211 1/2, York (Y) 162, Union (U) 114.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

103 - Alex Abbott (B) pin Josh Montgomery (Y) :24 1st. 112 - Adrian Davis (C) dec. Jon-Paul Duggins 8-6. 119 - Chris Orr (C) pin Tazz Petty (B) :20 2nd. 125 - Justin Arthur (B) tech. fall 16-0 Charlie Tomberlin (Y). 130 - Keith Richardson (Y) pin Desmond Cherry (C) 1:58 2nd. 135 - Hamp Loving (C) dec. Paul Halphen (B) 5-3. 140 - Carlos Hinton (C) pin Matt Mabry (B) 1:00 1st. 145 - Alex Houston (C) pin Brett Tollison (U) 1:51 2nd. 152 - Jeremy Longshore (B) dec. Teddy Cudd 14-9. 160 - D.J. Gregg (B) pin Marty Sims (Y) 1:52 3rd. 171 - Robbie Cooksey (B) maj. dec. Josh Diew (U) 11-1. 189 - Michael Chisholm (C) pin Matt Dunagin (B) :51 2nd. 215 - Marlos Stevenson (C) dec. Ricky Lemmons (Y) 7-6. Hwt. - Chad Land (C) pin Dewayne Selby (Y) 1:55 1st.

CONSOLATION ROUND

103 - Ryan Stewart (C) by forfeit. 112 - Dusty Harmon (U) pin Steven Leake (Y) 1:08 2nd. 119 - Thomas Moore (Y) by forfeit. 125 - Nick Timothy (C) by forfeit. 130 - Camden Shealy (B) pin Sean Williams (U) :50 1st. 135 - Justin Buckley (Y) pin Chris Kendrick (U) 1:00 2nd. 140 - Michael Norris (Y) pin Joey Mitchell (U) 1:31 2nd. 145 - Donny Mitchell (Y) maj. dec. David Loadholt (B) 14-2. 152 - Trey Walker (Y) pin Michael Peake (U) 1:50 2nd. 160 - Brian Fast (U) pin Kyle Graham (C) 1:22 3rd. 171 - Grant Fowler (Y) pin Michael Ervin (C) :53 3rd. 189 - John Podmore (Y) pin Paul Wells (U) :45 1st. 215 - Corey West (U) pin Jordy Dillard (B) :12 3rd. Hwt. - Richard Collns (U) by forfeit
Emerald wrestlers pin down Ninety Six Emerald wrestlers pin down Ninety Six


February 3, 2002

By ED NEST
Index-Journal sports writer

GREENWOOD — Twice before this season, the Emerald and Ninety Six wrestling teams had wrestled. The Vikings won by two points in December and by 10 in January.
Saturday night, with Emerald making its first appearance in the state playoffs duals, the outcome was decisively different. By a score of 59-24, the sixth-seeded Vikings prevailed over 11th-seeded Ninety Six.
Emerald will wrestle Monday night at third-seeded Woodruff. The Vikings only won four weight classes the last time these teams met, but since then coach Travis Harris has dropped all of his lightweights down a class.
"To win is major progress for our program," Harris said. "Hopefully we're peaking at just the right time."
For much of the season, Harris tinkered with his line-up, bumping wrestlers around.
"That was all in training and getting ready for championship season," he reasoned.
Emerald's Rashaun Bowie at 189 pounds "upset" Sam Johansen, scoring a pin midway through the second period. In January, Johansen pinned Bowie in 1:29.
"He's paying attention in practice. He works hard. I can't tell you why," Harris said of Bowie's emergence. "Hopefully, that's just the training coming together.
"And he's starting to realize what he needs to do."
Emerald freshman Holly Wright, a non-starter at 112, scored a mid-second period pin over Trey Ouzts.
"He's going to be an excellent wrestler," Harris said. "Unfortunately he's behind (Cade) Wright.
Holly could start on any other team.
"He's just behind some great guys, which makes us better as a team, that we have the situation where you've got two guys who can start in the same weight class."
In one of the high scoring matches one will see, Emerald 160-pounder Cory Price survived 22-17. He scored an important escape with 15 seconds remaining to go up 19-17.

103: Syrkett (E) p. Patterson
112: Holly (E) p. Ouzts
119: Wright (E) p. Eye
125: McDaniel (E) won by forfeit
130: McAlister (E) tf. Shuster
135: Anderson (E) p. Maggard
140: Guerin (E) p. Rounds
145: Lenyear (E) p. Dywan
152: Taylor (N) p. Bowman
160: Price (E) p. Ashley
171: Yates (N) won by forfeit
189: Bowie (E) p. Johansen
215: Newstead (N) won by dq. Quarles
275: Ruff (N) p. Conner

Broome wrestlers win region titles;
Published: February 4, 2002

Area roundup
Broome wrestlers win region titles;


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From staff reports
Five Broome wrestlers were crowned Region III-3A champions on Saturday in Chester, led by most valuable wrestler Justin Arthur (125 pounds).

Alex Abbott (103), Jeremy Longshore (152), D.J. Gregg (160) and Robbie Cooksey (171) also took first place in their divisions.

Five Centurions finished second: Jon Paul Duggins at 112, Tazz Petty at 119, Paul Halphen 135, Matt Mabry 140 and Matt Dunagin 189. Camden Shealy took third place.

Broome competes tonight at Belton Honea-Path in the first round of duals state playoffs at 7 p.m.
BC, BHS qualify 14 for Lower State
Published Sun, Feb 3, 2002
By BECK PRIDEMORE
Gazette sports writer
BC, BHS qualify 14 for Lower State
Published Sun, Feb 3, 2002
By BECK PRIDEMORE
Gazette sports writer
The Beaufort High and Battery Creek wrestling teams combined to qualify 14 wrestlers on Saturday for the Lower State Championships, which are scheduled for Feb. 15-16 in Dutch Fork.
The Dolphins were especially strong on the day, with nine wrestlers finishing in the top three. Three -- Zach Johnson (103-pounds), Adam Bessinger (125) and Curtis Graham (135) -- advanced to the Region 6-AAAA finals.


"On the whole, I'm happy because we got more through (to the Lower State) than I thought we would," Battery Creek coach Cary Schoener said. "I was real concerned about how many we were going to get through. Obviously, I wanted to win some of the weight classes, and we didn't come away with any wins there, but they were all tough battles."
By far, the happiest man at the tournament was Hilton Head coach John Hollman, who placed 10 of his wrestlers in the Lower State competition.

"I'm happy with the way we wrestled," Hilton Head coach John Hollman said. "I'm extremely happy with the way some of our guys sucked it up and showed tenacity today. It seemed like, in some situations, that all that we needed to do was really believe that we could win. And when we saw that we could win, we went out there and wrestled to the best of our ability. It doesn't really matter who you put on the mat in front of us too many times. When we wrestle as well as we can wrestle, we'll wrestle with anybody."

Region power Summerville also won seven matches, but they were 2-4 against the Seahawks.

The only wrestler not from Hilton Head or Summerville to win a region championship on Saturday was Fort Dorchester's Anthony Corwin, who bested Battery Creek's Adam Bessinger in double-overtime in the 125-pound final.

The match, which was the most anticipated and talked about matchup of the tournament, lived up to its pre-match hype as both Corwin and Bessinger showed off their speed, quickness and wrestling skill. While Corwin did improve to 3-0 on the season against last year's 125-pound state champion, Bessinger extended the Patriots' wrestler to double-overtime before losing 5-4 when Corwin was awarded a point for an escape.

"Each time (Bessinger) gets closer and closer," Schoener said. "It's just a matter of time. He's going to catch him eventually."

Schoener also had praise for Graham, who led most of the way on Saturday before making a costly mistake, and Richard Watson (119), who qualified with a win over Fort Dorchester's Chris Nawrocki in the consolation round to take third place.

"Curtis wrestled a great match," Schoener said. "He was in it the whole time. He just made a few careless things. But we'll fix it. He knows what has to be done. And Richard Watson getting in at 119 is real neat. Overall, I'm pleased with the amount of guys who got in -- everybody's shown improvement. Like I said, I'd like to have won some of the finals, but the goal's not to win the region tournament. There are other things more important down the line that we need to get ready for."

The other Dolphins -- in addition to Johnson, Bessinger and Graham -- who will be traveling to Dutch Fork are Alvin Simmons (112), Watson (119), Allen Moultrie (145), Kenny Brown (160), Aaron Singleton (215) and Spencer Bobian (275).

Beaufort coach Bill Damude said he also had a lot of great effort out of his team on Saturday, as the Eagles managed to put five wrestlers in the Lower State Finals.

"I thought we could make seven weight classes (coming in), and we darn near had eight qualify," Damude said. "We were a couple of points away from having eight qualify. All-in-all, we wrestled about where I thought we could wrestle. "

According to Damude, the road doesn't get any easier for the Eagle wrestlers in the next round of the tournament.

"These kids will have to wrestle above what they've wrestled all season to make it to state," Damude said. "It's going to be a tall order for them. They're capable of stepping in there and wrestling with anybody, but they're going to have to step it up and wrestle better than they have all season."

Next up is the first round of the State Duals Championship as the Eagles travel to Hilton Head to take on the Seahawks and the Dolphins travel to Spring Valley.

Region Championship Results

103-pounds

Championship: Andrew Young (SUM) def. Zach Johnson (BC), 3-0.

Consolation: Aaron Whitmore (BHS) def. Chris Conley (HHH), 15-12.

112-pounds

Championship: Justin Nierode (HHH) def. Tyler Laprad (SUM), 4-1.

Consolation: Alvin Simmons (BC) pinned Bret Riedmayer (BHS), 1:06 left third.

119-pounds

Championship: Adam Takach (HHH) def. Gerald Turner (SUM), 2-1.

Consolation: Richard Watson (BC) def. Chris Nawrocki (FTD), 12-2.

125-pounds

Championship: Anthony Corwin (FTD) def. Adam Bessinger (BC), 5-4 2OT.

Consolation: Brad Kiebler (SUM) def. Matt Spado, 19-6.

130-pounds

Championship: Mauro Bria (HHH) def. Joe Wickenhofer (SUM), 6-3.

Consolation: Killian Lane (BHS) pinned Amos Williams (BC), 1:32 left third.

135-pounds

Championship: Alex Piper (HHH) def. Curtis Graham (BC), 8-6.

Consolation: Joe Riley (SUM) def. Adam Castrantas (BHS), 2-1.

140-pounds

Championship: Terry Riley (SUM) def. Brian Yates (FTD), 18-2.

Consolation: Kyle Scanlin (HHH) def. Stephen Henry (BHS), 13-9.

145-pounds

Championship: Toby Wickenhofer (SUM) pinned Stryker Huffman (FTD), :36 left 2nd.

Consolation: Allen Moultrie (BC) pinned Jessie Budi (BHS), 1:21 left 2nd.

152-pounds

Championship: Mike Sunkins (HHH) def. Jon Bragg (SUM), 10-5.

Consolation: Adam Holmquist (BHS) def. Jason Ruiz (FTD), 14-6.

160-pounds

Championship: Sharron Gathers (SUM) def. Chris Newton (HHH), 11-9.

Consolation: Kenny Brown (BC) def. Aaron Greene (BHS), 15-9.

171-pounds

Championship: Khalif Chavis (SUM) pinned Jamie McClendon (FTD), :53 left 3rd.

Consolation: Greg Wegman (BHS) def. Jeff Sanders (BC), 9-1.

189-pounds

Championship: Jada Ross (SUM) def. Chris Wetmore (HHH), 20-7.

Consolation: Willie Turral (BHS) pinned Kevin Hamaker (BC), 1:39 left 2nd.

215-pounds

Championship: Evans Capers (HHH) pinned Ryan Bell (FTD), :01 left 1st.

Consolation: Aaron Singleton (BC) pinned Jerome Jenkins (SUM), 1:26 left 2nd.

275-pounds

Championship: Dustin Fry (SUM) pinned Spencer Bobian (BC), :03 left 1st.

Consolation: Adam Schiller (HHH).

Top three advance to Lower State Championships

Notebook: 11 Hillcrest wrestlers qualify for Upper State tournament Notebook: 11 Hillcrest wrestlers qualify for Upper State tournament
By Bob Castello
STAFF WRITER
bcastell@greenvillenews.com

Hillcrest had 11 wrestlers qualify for the Upper State tournament during Saturday's Region 1-AAAA meet at Laurens.

But it wasn't just that they made it. It was the manner in which some of the Rams qualified.

"We had some guys upset some people that had beaten them earlier in the year," Hillcrest coach Quay Scott said. "They did better than what they were seeded to do."

Dustin Bolding, the Rams' 112-pounder, knocked off a two-time defending champion. Bolding, Logan Coones (125) and Grady Baggett (215) all avenged their only region losses of the season by beating the No. 1 seeds to take first in their respective weight classes.

Christian Aponte (145) and Zach Walters (152), two of the five Hillcrest wrestlers that stepped up in weight class, placed first, as did Steven Fulmer (119). Walters also defeated the top seed.

Hillcrest had three second-place finishers (Dan Koss at 140, Mike Haje at 160 and Nick Jones at 189) and two thirds (Brian Koss at 160) and Knox Baggett at 275).

Eight Mauldin wrestlers advanced, up from five a year ago. Three Mavericks will move on as region champions: Brad Miller (103), John Shea (130) and Kevin Smith (140).

The other Mauldin wrestlers to qualify were Brad Bagwell (third at 112), David Helman (third at 125), Patrick Kelley (second at 135), Phillip Edwards (second at 145) and Tim McGaha (second at 152).

Mauldin coach Mike Frye said Miller has come a long way, from not even in contention last year to region champion. Bagwell is a first-year wrestler. Edwards wrestled in the seventh through ninth grades, then missed a couple of years while enrolled at Greenville Tech Charter School.

Edwards transferred back to Hillcrest this year, and as a senior, Frye said, "He's made the most of it."

The top three from Saturday's meet advanced to the Upper State tournament, scheduled for Feb. 16 at Hillcrest. From there, the top four will move on to the state tournament in Columbia Feb. 22-23.
Feb 3Sun . .
Feb 4Mon These are Dual Matchups for this date in 4A,3A, and 2A-1A AAAA

Lowerstate only

Goose Creek vs Ridgeview

Hilton Head vs Beaufort

Spring Valley vs Battery Creek

Marlboro County vs Ft. Dorchester


AAA

Upperstate

Eastside vs Berea

Greenville vs Seneca

Chester vs Wade Hampton

BHP vs Broome


Lower State

Lake City vs Georgetown

N. Charleston vs North Myrtle Beach

White Knoll vs Brookland-Cayce

Lugoff Elgin vs Camden


AA-A

Upper State

Walhalla vs Chapman or Liberty

West-Oak vs Chapin

Woodruff vs Emerald

Crescent vs Buford or Palmetto


Lower State

Chesterfield vs Aynor

Academic Magnet vs Cheraw

Bishop England vs North Central

Swansea vs Loris or Carver's Bay

Chapin 48 West-Oak 22 .
Chesterfield 61
Aynor 12
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Spring Valley 41
Fort Dorchester 34
This was an unbelievable match..The Fort showed up to win and nearly upset SV..the match was decided in the last weight class (135).
BHP VERSUS BROOME .
Cheraw 70
Academic Magnet 0
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Bishop England 54
North Central 21

Goose Creek 41
Ridge View 33
taken from Post and Courier

103- Pankersey BE forfeit
112- Robinson NC def Bendt
119- Bailey BE def Hayes
125- Bordallo BE def Stogner
130- De la Rosa BE def Burroughs
135- Bugarin BE forfeit
140- Bush BE Reynolds
145- Johnston NC def Provost
152- Hegler NC def Duffy
160- Everitt BE def Lenix
171- Boykin BE def Brown
189- Moniz BE def Strong
215- Heuer BE def Strong
275- Ox NC def Burris

Records
BE-15-5
NC-15-14

Bishop England travels to Swansea Wednesday

Also in AAAA Playoffs
Goose Creek 41
Ridge View 33

GC travels to summerville wednesday
White Knoll 44 Brookland-Cayce 22 .
Hilton Head crushes Beaufort 71-0 to advance
Hilton Head crushes Beaufort 71-0 to advance
BY MANDI TORREZ, The Island Packet
Published Tuesday, February 5th, 2002

Three Hilton Head High seniors made sure their final home match was one to remember and one their teammates won't quickly forget.

The Seahawks won every match Monday night --which included five pins, blanking Beaufort 71-0 in the first round of the Class 4-A state playoffs. It was the first shutout of the year for Hilton Head and the second highest point total in a match this season.

The Seahawks (18-3) will make a four-hour trek on Wednesday to take on the Region V No. 1 team, Hartsville, who got a first-round bye.

The young Beaufort squad ended the season at 5-12.

"We didn't downshift tonight," said Hilton Head coach John Hollman. "We kept it in overdrive and went all out and performed well."

After the seniors -- Mike Sunkins, Mauro Bria and Adam Schiller -- were honored before the match, freshman Kyle Scanlin started the perfect night in first gear with a second-period pin in the 145-pound weight class. Freshman Frank Cavalluzzi ended the match in fifth gear for the Seahawks, putting the final touches on an 11-6 decision in the night's final match at 140.

Freshman Richard Calderon (152), juniors Chris Wetmore (189) and Adam Takach (119) and sophomore Matt Spado (125) also recorded pins.

"We all care about each other so much that when it comes to fighting for each other we give more than 100 percent," Schiller said.

The plan before the match was to blank the Eagles as a tribute to the seniors, but the Seahawks didn't dare get overconfident.

"We didn't consider this an easy match," Sunkins said. "We knew they had everything to gain and nothing to lose. We just had to go out there like they were another good team."

But the Eagles knew what to expect.

"We talked yesterday that unless a miracle happened, we probably wouldn't be advancing to the next round," said Eagles coach Bill Damude.

Now the Seahawks are looking to get past the next round after being knocked out in the second round by Dutch Fork last season. Dutch Fork has been the top-ranked team in the state all season.

But the Seahawks started their five-step program off on the right note and are eager to hit the road at full speed to a state title.

"I told them that we are going to erase the record we had so far and set a new goal to go 5-0," Hollman said. "We have to win five matches to be state champions. We have No.1 out of the way and have four more to go."


HHH 71, Beaufort 0


103 -- Chris Conley (HH) won by forfeit

112 -- Justin Nierode (HH) def. Brett Riedmeyer by technical fall, 11-0

119 -- Adam Takach (HH) pinned Matt Wooster, 2nd period 2:00

125 -- Matt Spado (HH) pinned Thomas Dinwitty, 2nd period :09

130 -- Mauro Bria (HH) major dec. Killian Lane, 13-4

135 -- Alex Piper (HH) def. Steven Henry by technical fall, 19-4

140 -- Frank Cavalluzzi (HH) def. Adam Castranas 11-6

145 -- Kyle Scanlin (HH) pinned Jesse Buddy, 2nd period :08

152 -- Richard Calderon (HH) pinned Charlie Berry 1st period :37

160 -- Mike Sunkins (HH) def. Adam Holmquist by technical fall, 24-6

171 -- Chris Newton (HH) def. Aaron Green, 19-5

189 -- Chris Wetmore (HH) pinned Willy Terrell 2nd period :14

215 -- Evans Capers (HH) won by forfeit

275 -- Adam Schiller (HH) def. Greg Wegman, 5-2
Woodruff 53, Emerald 20
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White Knoll 44, Brookland-Cayce 22 White Knoll 44, Brookland-Cayce 22

At White Knoll

103: Blackston (WK) p. Garnet; 112: Burgess (BC) maj. dec. Smith; 119: Holmes (WK) Dec. Hoy; 125: Deal (WK) forfeit; 130: Horton (WK) dec. Bray; 135: J. Williams (WK) maf. dec. Hudson; 140: Johnson (BC) p. Voravudni; 145: Minemier (WK) p. Guinyard; 152: Garnett (BC) dec. Whitmire; 160: Mahaffey (WK) maj. dec. James; 171: Jennings (WK) p. Doub; 189: McManus (BC) dec. Loy; 215: Moss (WK) p. Smith; 275: Hudson (BC) forfeit. Next: Lugoff-Elgin/Camden winner at White Knoll.

Spring Valley 41, Fort Dorchester 34 Spring Valley 41, Fort Dorchester 34

Class AAAA

Lower State

103: Robinson (SV) forfeit; 112: Shropshire (SV) forfeit; 119: Nawricki (FD) p. Silva; 125: Corwin (FD) dec. Delk; 130: Fuller (SV) forfeit; 135: Malloch (SV) p. Morten; 140: Yates (FD) p. Washington; 145: Huffman (FD) d. Neitz; 152: Ruiz (FD) dec. Manning; 160: Kuhn (SV) p. Inko; 171: McLendon (FD) p. Lewis; 189: Bussert (SV) p. Bogstad; 215: Bell (FD) p. Etheredge; 275: Porterfield (SV) forfeit. Rec: SV 15-4, FD 9-10. Next: Spring Valley at Stratford Wednesday.

Battery Creek 61, Marlboro County 6
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North Myrtle Beach 57, North Charleston 19 North Myrtle Beach 57, North Charleston 19: North Myrtle Beach advanced to the Lower State semifinals where it will wrestle Lake City on Wednesday.

103: Barker (NMB) pin. Williams (NC) 1:12. 112: Faulks (NMB) forfeit. 119: Price (NMB) pin. Haywood (NC) 4:30. 125: Whaley (NC) decision. Hightower (NMB) 10-4. 130: Cotton (NMB) forfeit. 135: Wilson (NMB) decision. Perry (NC) 9-3. 140: Danes (NMB) forfeit. 145: Prioleau (NC) pin. Collins (NMB) 1:35. 152: Silverberg (NMB) pin. Brown (NC) 3:22. 160: Simmons (NC) decision. M. Bellamy (NMB) 15-9. 171: Smiley (NC) pin. T. Bellamy (NMB) 1:03. 189: Lewis (NMB) pin. Norris (NC) 3:13. 215: Bledsoe (NMB) pin. Leach (NC) 2:57. 275: Randall (NMB) pin. Simms (NC) 1:03.

Lugoff-Elgin 54 Camden 24
Eastside 60 Berea 3
Seneca 39, Greenville 36
Belton-Honea Path 36, Broome 31
Chester 60, Wade Hampton 19


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Feb 5Tue 2002 Freestyle Schedule-Click here: .
Feb 6Wed These are the Dual Matchups in 4A for this date AAAA

Upperstate

Irmo vs Rock Hill

Ft. Mill vs Lexington

Byrnes vs Laurens

Hillcrest vs Mauldin

Lowerstate

Summerville vs Goose Creek or Ridgeview

Hartsville vs Hilton Head or Beaufort

Statford vs Spring Valley or Battery Creek

Dutch Fork vs Ft. Dorchester or Marlboro County
These are the 3A matchups this date Eastside vs Seneca
Chester vs BHP
Lake City vs N. Myrtle Beach
Lugoff-Elgin vs White Knoll
These are the 2A-1A matchups for this date Walhalla vs Chapin
Woodruff vs Crescent
Chesterfield vs Cheraw
Swansea vs Bishop England
Fort Mill, Rock Hill hit mats in playoffs
By Barry Byers The Herald
Fort Mill, Rock Hill hit mats in playoffs
By Barry Byers The Herald

(Published February 6‚ 2002)

The duals wrestling playoffs for most of the state's high school teams started Monday night, but the eight teams in Class AAAA's Upper State bracket were idle.

The bracket worked out that way because the Lower State has 12 teams, and byes in the Upper State were needed to even the field and get down to four teams from each bracket Friday at Irmo High School.

Tonight, all those remaining are in action, taking to the mat with hopes of winning state championships. Locally, Fort Mill is home against Lexington, and Rock Hill is on the road at Irmo in Class AAAA.

Fort Mill moved up from Class AAA last year to Class AAAA last year and made it to the final eight at Spring Valley High School under first-year head coach Chris Brock. A win tonight sends the Yellow Jackets back to the quarterfinals at Irmo High School on Friday and Saturday.

"Last year, our goal was making the final eight,'' Brock said. "When we started conditioning drills this year, we decided we wanted to take it another step and make it to the final four.

"We wrestled Lexington about three weeks ago and beat them 55-13. We wrestled well, but we certainly are not taking them for granted. They have great team and a great coach in Derek Stroble, a former wrestler at Irmo.''

In Class AAA, Chester hosts Belton-Honea Path after slamming Wade Hampton 60-19 on Monday night. The Cyclones had eight pins in the blowout - five coming in the first round - while moving to 12-1 for the season.

If Chester wins tonight, the Cyclones advance to the final four championship round Saturday morning at White Knoll High School.

Tonight's matches start at 7 p.m., and tickets are $4 at the door.

Contact Barry Byers at 329-4099 or bbyers@heraldonline.com

Class AAAA

Monday

Lower State

Hilton Head 71, Beaufort 0

Battery Creek 61, Marlboro County 6

Spring Valley 41, Fort Dorchester 34

Goose Creek 41, Ridge View 33

Tonight

Upper State

Rock Hill at Irmo

Lexington at Fort Mill

Laurens at Byrnes

Mauldin at Hillcrest

Lower State

Goose Creek at Summerville

Hilton Head at Hartsville

Spring Valley at Stratford

Battery Creek at Dutch Fork

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Class AAA

Monday

Upper State

Chester 60, Wade Hampton 19

Belton-Honea Path 36, Broome 31

Seneca 39, Greenville 36

Eastside 60, Berea 3

Lower State

Lake City 63, Georgetown 10

North Myrtle Beach 57, North Charleston 19

White Knoll 44, Brookland Cayce 22

Lugoff-Elgin 54, Camden 24

Tonight

Upper State

Belton-Honea Path at Chester

Seneca at Eastside

Lower State

North Myrtle Beach at Lake City

Lugoff-Elgin at White Knoll


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Chesterfield 37
Cheraw 34
good match, packed house. Both teams without their full squads.
Irmo 47 Rock Hill 20 .
Lugoff Elgin 67
White Knoll 9
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Hillcrest 33 Mauldin 15
Dutch Fork 58 Battery Creek 9
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Woodruff 42 Crescent 30 .
Stratford 41 Spring Valley 31 .
Walhalla 44-Chapin 21 .
BHP VERSUS CHESTER .
Jackets advance to quarterfinals 42-12 Jackets advance to quarterfinals
By Michael O'Brien The Herald

(Published February 7‚ 2002)

FORT MILL - The scoreboard may have read 42-12 Fort Mill over Lexington in its Class AAA Upper State wrestling match Tuesday, but Fort Mill coach Chris Brock knew the match was much closer than the final score indicated.

"The score may seem lopsided," Brock said. "But they (Lexington) came to wrestle tonight. They gave us everything we could handle, but in this sport, one or two mistakes can lead to a big difference in points."

Fort Mill advanced to the quarterfinals of the Upper State tournament for the second year in a row. The Yellow Jackets will wrestle on Friday night in the Irmo High School gym. Their opponent is Summerville, a 65-3 winner over Goose Creek.

Fort Mill got victories in 10 of the 14 matches, but only three were pins. The others were hard-fought that went the distance.

The match started with the 119-pound weight class, and Fort Mill quickly went up 4-0 on a majority decision from Dee Templeton. Templeton picked up the extra point with a takedown in the final seconds to stretch his lead to 14-6.

The first pin of the match came in the next weight class at 125. Fort Mill's Kyle Marchin got the stick as the buzzer sounded to end the first period and give Fort Mill a 10-0 lead.

Lexington got right back in the match with two straight victories by decision to cut the score to 10-6.

The Yellow Jackets stretched their lead to 14-6 when Andy King picked up four points with a majority decision win over Ryan Reedy at 140 pounds.

Again, Lexington answered. The Wildcats cut the score to 14-12 with two more wins by decision.

Mark Lee defeated the Yellow Jackets' Sutton Maxwell 14-7 at 145, and Tyler Tollison scored a takedown as time expired in the first overtime period to defeat Fort Mill's Joey Dugas at 152.

"I think that because we beat them (Lexington) by a large margin a couple of weeks ago we came out overconfident," Brock said. "Anytime you wrestle a program like Lexington, you had better be prepared and focused or they are going to make you pay."

Craig Albers got the Yellow Jackets back on track as he dominated Joel Fuziol at 160 before pinning him with four seconds left in the first period. The pin gave Fort Mill a 20-12 lead which they didn't relinquish.

Josh Sabath turned an escape with 15 seconds left in his match into five more points as he downed A.J. Duncan 11-6 to keep the momentum in the Yellow Jackets favor at 171.

Mark Price and Vince Sanatolla both followed with decision victories in the next two matches to make the score 29-12.

With Lexington needing to win the final three matches by pin to get the victory, Fort Mill's heavyweight, Jared McCall stepped onto the mat. He ended all Wildcat hopes with a first-period pin of Richard Nolasco that stretched the Yellow Jackets' lead to 35-12.

After falling in the final eight last year, Brock and his team made it their goal to advance to the semifinals.

"We are certainly happy to be back in the quarterfinals," Brock said. "We deserve it, we have been working hard since last October to be here, and there are a lot of teams that would like to be where we are."

Brock knows that there can be no letdowns from any of his wrestlers.

"There can be no mistakes," Brock said. "If we want to advance we will have to be at the top of our game."

FORT MILL 42, LEXINGTON 12

103 - Tristen Horan (FM) maj. dec Michael Cunningham 10-1. 112 - Jake Fordham (FM) dec. T.J. Cofield 10-4. 119 - Dee Templeton (FM) maj. dec. Morgan McCoy 14-6. 125 - Kyle Marchin (FM) pin Stephen Kirkland 2:00 1st. 130 - Brad Dawson (L) dec. Charlie Platovsky 3-2. 135 - Michael Phelps (L) dec. John Pettus 7-0. 140 - Andy King (FM) maj. dec. Ryan Reedy 12-4. 145 - Mark Lee (L) dec. Sutton Maxwell 14-7. 152 - Tyler Tollison (L) dec. Joey Dugas 5-3 OT. 160 - Craig Albers (FM) pin Joel Fuziol 1:56 1st. 171 - Josh Sabath (FM) dec. Todd Cottrell 11-6. 189 - Mark Price (FM) dec. Bobby Phibbs 7-5. 215 - Vince Santolla (FM) dec. Hunter Van Buren 3-0. Hwt. - Jared McCall (FM) pin Richard Nolasco :46 1st.
Chester wrestlers move to AAA's final four Chester wrestlers move to AAA's final four
By Jim Armour The Herald

(Published February 7‚ 2002)

CHESTER "- When Chester High wrestling coach Tony Lancaster told his 152-pound grappler Teddy Cudd to ""be a hero'' before his match against Belton-Honea Path's Patrick Gillespie, Cudd still had no idea that a victory over Gillespie would seal the Cyclones' victory and send them into the Upper State championship match.

"However, when the referee raised Cudd's hand after a 12-3 major decision to give the Cyclones an insurmountable 35-17 lead over the Bears and an eventual 35-27 victory, Cudd's teammates let him know quickly how important his triumph was.

"""I really didn't know my match could decide it,'' Cudd said. ""I just wanted to win, so I went out there and gave it all I've got.''

Chester (13-1) will now wrestle the winner of the Eastside-Seneca match for the Upper State title on Saturday at White Knoll High School in Lexington. The Upper State champion will then face its Lower State counterpart for the state championship in Saturday's second match.

An ecstatic Lancaster was just as upbeat as his wrestlers after the match.

""I guess I'm so excited because we've never been this far before,'' Lancaster said. ""This was such am important match for us mentally. We knew BHP was going to be tough. This match was a big step for us. It indicates the progress we've made as a program.''

BHP took an early 3-0 lead when Daren Vaughn took a narrow overtime victory over Chester's Michael Chisholm at 189. However, a pin by Chester's Marlos Stevenson at 215 and a double-overtime victory by Chad Land in the heavyweight division gave the Cyclones a lead they would never relinquish at 9-3.

After a setback at 103, the Cyclones got a major decision from Adrian Davis at 112, a superior decision from Chris Orr at 119, and a pin from Nick Timothy at 125 for a 24-8 margin.

Hamp Loving (135) and Carlos Hinton (140) added decisions for the Cyclones setting up Cudd's big match at 152.

CHESTER 35, BELTON-HONEA PATH 27

103 - Brandon Hamby (BHP) sup. dec, Ryan Stewart, 16-2, 112 - Adrian Davis (C) maj. dec. Julio Villegas, 13-0, 119 - Chris Orr (C) sup. dec. Cameron Hughes, 16-0, 125 - Nick Timothy (C) pinned Brandon Mattison, :47.4, 2nd. 130 - Jeffery Anderson (BHP) pinned Desmond Cherry, :41.7, 2nd, 135 - Hamp Loving (C) dec. Travis Moon, 8-0. 140 - Carlos Hinton (C) dec. Jonathan Evans, 14-7. 145 - Justin Evans (BHP) dec. Alex Houston, 7-3. 152 - Teddy Cudd (C) maj. dec. Patrick Gillespie, 12-3. 160 - Ronnell Harper (BHP) maj. dec. Kyle Graham, 13-2. 171 - Jon Kinsey (BHP) pinned Michael Ervin, 1:07, 1st. 189 - Daren Vaughn (BHP) dec. Michael Chisholm, 6-4 OT. 215 - Marlos Stevenson (C) pinned Andy Smith, 1:16, 1st. Hwt. - Chad Land (C) dec. Clay Shirley, 2 OT
Full Results of Dutch Fork and Battery Creek 103: Zach Johnson (BC) dec. Matt Firtko 112: Clyde Bullock (DF) p. Alvin Simmons; 119: Kyle Kimrey (DF) dec. Richard Watson; 125: Mike Ellis (DF) dec. Adam Bessinger; 130: Andrew Lukshis (DF) dec. Amos Williams ; 135: P.J. Selke (DF) dec. Alex Edwads; 140: Andrew Benton (DF) dec. Paul Armstrong; 145: Chris Carpenter (DF) p. Alan Moultrie; 152: Matt Jovenelli (DF) p. Kenyatta Simmons; 160: Eric Lambert (DF) dec. Kenny Brown; 171: Careef Roberston (DF) p. Kevin Hamaker; 189: Aaron Lambert (DF) p. Jeff Sanders; 215: Nick Leone (DF) p. Aaron Singleton; 275: Spencer Bobiane (BC) p. J.C. Green.

Byrnes 64 Laurens 3, article on Brynes and Woodruff wins. Byrnes too much for Laurens
Rebels dominate in opening round of 4A wrestling playoffs; Woodruff beats Crescent


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DUNCAN — Robbie Powell was laid out flat on his back for an easy pin as his victors danced in jubilation above him.

It was the only time all night that a Byrnes' wrestler had been dominated, but unfortunately for Laurens, the Raiders received nary a point for Powell's downfall.

This particular match was actually taking place in the warmup zone behind the Rebels' bench and the winners were a pair of little girls, children of the Byrnes' family.

The rest of the night belonged to the hosts as they whipped Laurens 64-3 in the 4A playoffs opening round to advance to Friday's quarterfinals against Dutch Fork at Irmo High starting around 7:30 p.m.

Powell, defending state champion and current No. 1, was an easy winner in the 145-pound class besting Jesse Thompson 17-1. It was typical of the six seniors who were wrestling for the last time in their own gym.

"This has been my home for seven years now and it's the only place I've ever practiced and these have been my only coaches so it's kind of scary," Powell said.

Other seniors were Ryan Cloonan (119 pounds) and Nick Robbins (215), who both won by pins, while Paul Ballenger (135), Abdel Nasser (140) and Josh Settles (171) easily decisioned their opponents.

"This is a good group of seniors, they know what we expect and are looking to finish strong," Byrnes coach Russ Howard said.

Robbins, another defending state champ, overpowered Ben Lipper at 1:33 of the first period while Cloonan pinned Boyce Perry at 1:13 in the first.

"It's really gotten easier to focus on the matches knowing that Saturday could be our last time together," Robbins said.

Ironically, the match of the night turned out to be the Rebels only loss. Tyler William overcame a large deficit to tie Ryan Ashmore 16-16 at 160 pounds before Ashmore held strong the final 30 seconds for a 19-16 win.

WOODRUFF DOWNS CRESCENT: In Iva, Woodruff overcame nasty weather just to arrive at Crescent, and then beat the Tigers 42-30 to keep the hopes of a championship repeat alive.

The Wolverines got the top seed and played host to the state finals in last year's run to the state championship.

Crescent trailed by six points and needed a pin to forge a tie in the final match of the night, which pitted Will Vickery of Crescent against Chris Tindal of Woodruff at 215 pounds.

Tindal ended the match and the meet halfway through the second period with a pin, setting off a wild celebration on the Woodruff bench. The Wolverines avenged an earlier loss to Crescent at the B-HP duals.

Lake City 46, North Myrtle Beach 24 Lake City 46, North Myrtle Beach 24: The Chiefs (13-4) ended their season last night at the Low Country semifinals with a loss to the Panthers.
Match results- 103- Barker (NMB) pin. Jackson (LC) 5:37; 112- Fulks (NMB) forfeit; 119 -Price (NMB) decision. Cooper (LC) 4-3; 125- Hightower (NMB) decision. Powell (LC) 13-8; 130- B. McFadden (LC) decision. Cotton (NMB) 7-1; 135- W. Brockington (LC) pin. Wilson (NMB) 3:24; 140- J. McFadden (LC) pin. Danes (NMB) 1:29; 145- McMillan (LC) decision. Silverberg (NMB) 16-8; 152- R. Brockington (LC) pin. Spatholt (NMB) :26; 160- Burgess (LC) decision. M. Bellamy (NMB) 9-3; 171- F. Brockington (LC) pin. T. Bellamy (NMB) 3:51; 189- Lewis (NMB) pin. Miles (LC) 1:24; 215- Robinson (LC) pin. Bledsoe (NMB) 1:32; 275- Williams (LC) pin. Randall (NMB) 1:39.

Seahawks make quick work of Hartsville Seahawks make quick work of Hartsville
Victory lands HHH wrestlers in Class 4-A state team tournament
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published Thursday, February 7th, 2002

Two down, three to go.

The Hilton Head High School wrestling team accepted four forfeits and registered five pins for a quick 54-19 victory over Region 5-AAAA champion Hartsville in Wednesday's second round of the Class 4-A state team playoffs.

The dual postseason began with 24 teams and is now down to eight, who will compete at Irmo High School near Columbia Friday and Saturday in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

'We knew coming in we would need to win five matches to win a state title,' said Hilton Head High coach John Hollman. 'Like a lot of teams do at playoff time, I set that magic number at five, and that's what we're aiming for.'

The Seahawks, who improved to 19-3, know they aren't likely to face defending state champion Summerville in Friday's quarterfinal because the brackets will be reshuffled before the start of action. Lower seeds from the Lower State will be paired against high seeds from the Upper State, and vise-versa. Hilton Head High is more likely to see Irmo, a team that handed the Seahawks one of its three defeats.

In Wednesday's action, Hartsville and Hilton Head High suffered double forfeits in the 103-pound weight class ' where a Seahawk wrestler failed to make weight and Hartsville's man moved up to 112. But Hilton Head High won the eight weight classes between 112 and 152 by forfeit or pin to all but lock away a victory.

Capturing pins for the Seahawks were Justin Nierode (112), Matt Spado (125), Mauro Bria (135), Mike Sunkins (152) and Evans Capers (215).

Results

103 -- Dual forfeit; 112 -- Justin Nierode (HHH) pinned J. Spivey, second period; 119 -- Adam Takach (HHH) won by forfeit; 125 -- Matt Spado (HHH) pinned B. Coker, third period; 130 -- John Deeby (HHH) won by forfeit; 135 -- Mauro Bria (HHH) pinned C. Romero, second period; 140 -- Alex Piper (HHH) won by forfeit; 145 -- Kyle Scanlin (HHH) won by forfeit; 152 -- Mike Sunkins (HHH) pinned J. Moses, second period; 160 -- C. Luther (Harts.) def. Chris Newton, 9-8; 171 -- L. Jordan (Harts.) def. Eric Mattoon, 24-14; 189 -- M. Dawkins (Harts.) pinned Chris Wetmore, third period; 215 -- Evans Capers (HHH) pinned A. Privette, first period; 275 -- K. Jenkins (Harts.) pinned Adam Schiller, third period.
Article from the Herald on Rock Hill vs Irmo Youthful Bearcats defeated by Irmo
By Barry Byers The Herald

(Published February 7‚ 2002)

IRMO - The Irmo Yellow Jackets had too much for the Rock Hill Bearcats in the second round of the Class AAAA Upper State wrestling playoffs Wednesday night.

Too much in the fact that Irmo sent nine seniors onto the mat to battle a Rock Hill team of mostly freshmen and sophomores, and came away with a 47-20 win that knocked the Bearcats out of the playoffs.

It was a big victory for the Yellow Jackets, the No. 1 seed in the Upper State, one they were favored to win, but were still concerned about before the opening match at the 130-pound weight division.

"It's been a long time since an Irmo team beat Rock Hill," said Parker Valek, South Carolina's No.1-ranked Class AAAA wrestler at 189 pounds. "We felt we would win, but it was still in the back of our minds that Rock Hill was sitting across the mat from us.

"We knew they would come here and battle us, and we worked hard preparing for them. We wrestled well tonight. That's why we came out on top."

As hard as he tried, Valek couldn't pin Rock Hill's Micheal Grase in their 189-pound match. Grase fought to the finish before dropping a 7-0 decision, which pleased Rock Hill head coach Tim Wash.

"We were at a disadvantage tonight," Wash said. "We had some people who didn't make weight, but I was pleased with several of our guys.

""Michael wrestled well, but so did David Faris, John David Teague and Jason Starnes. We depend on Teague and Starnes for points. We're just really young right now."

Faris was in the lineup because of a Bearcats' wrestler not making weight. Wrestling at 119 pounds, Faris pinned Steve Sisk in the second round.

Wins by Teague and Starnes put Rock Hill ahead early in the match.

Irmo jumped ahead 6-0 on Al Jones' first-round pin. The lead grew to 9-0 after Daniel Sisk scored a 3-1 decision over Jay Owens.

Teague was up next at 140 and pinned Mack Jones in the first round. Then Starnes scored a four-point major decision - 13-5 - over Josh Trone - for a 10-9 Bearcats lead.

The most Rock Hill could muster the rest of the way was a major decision by Chris Jackson at 103 pounds, and Faris' pin.

"We knew coming in the Upper State was tough," Starnes said. "I figured we had some good shots at winning some lower weight divisions, but we knew it would be tough for us in the upper weights.

"I hate the team season is over for us, but we still have the individual tournament left. We're going to work hard and go there to win some matches."

Irmo (16-4) put the match away after Chris Woods pinned Rock Hill's Chris Clifton in the first round of their heavyweight match.

The Yellow Jackets also got pins from Anthony Manross at 112, Jamie Clark at 125 and Mark Wojoski at 160.

Irmo advanced to the final eight Friday in its gym, where the championship will be wrestled Saturday.

Contact Barry Byers at 329-4099 or bbyersIrmo 16-4; Rock Hill 9-8.
Eastside 48 Seneca 15 .
Swansea beat Bishop England .
Full Results of Summerville vs Goose Creek and Spring Valley vs Stratford summverville 65, goose creek 3
103 young (sum) d oliver, 112 laprad (sum)d pickney, 119 turner (sum) d
livingston, 125 smith (GC) d. kiber, 130j. wickenhofer (sum)teched
sheppard, 135 j riley (sum) rivers, 140 t riley (sum) d brown, 145 t
wickenhofer (sum) d holmes, 152 bragg (sum) d burt, 160 gathers (sum) d
mallard, 171 chavis sum d roberts, 189 ross summ d simmons, 215
manigualt (sum) d rhodes, hwt fry (sum) wbfor.

stratford 41 springvalley 31
103robinson (sv) mjd peterson 14-0, 112 shopshire (sv) d tempest, 119
patterson (st) d silva, 125 delk (sv) d simmons, 130 boyd (st) d titus,
135 tempest (st) d fuller, 140 malloch (sv) tech fall over lapresta
16-1, 145 hazel (st) d manning 9-8, 152 capocciama (st) fort, 160 kuhn
(sv) d moore, 171 bean (st) d bussert 7-1, 189 stavens (st) teched lewis
16-0, 215 james breaux (st) d ethridge, hwt porterfield (sv) d J breaux
9-1
Feb 7Thu . .
Feb 8Fri 4A Matchups at Irmo High School
Irmo vs Hilton Head
Brynes vs Dutch Fork
Summerville vs Ft. Mill
Stratford vs Hillcrest
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Irmo 39 Hilton Head .
Stratford 41 Hillcrest 31
Summerville 53 Ft. Mill 12
Dutch Fork 37 Brynes 20
Cloonan beats Kimery
T.J. Selke taken to double overtime..


Summerville 53, Fort Mill 12
103-Young (S) pin Horan; 112-Laprad (S) d. Fordham, 2-0; 119-Turner (S) tech. fall Templeton, 18-2; 125-Keiber (S) pin Mardin; 130-J. Wickenhofer (S) maj.d. Platosky, 12-0; 135-Riley (S) d. Pettus, 6-1; 140-Riley (S) pin Maxwell; 145-King (FM) d. Wickenhofer, 12-5; 152-Bragg (S) d. Dugas, 16-1; 160-Albers (FM) pin Gathers; 171-Sabath (FM) d. Chavis, 2-0; 189-Ross (S) pin Price; 215-Manigualt (S) d. Santolla; HWT-Fry (S) pin McCall.


Stratford 41, Hillcrest 31
103-Peterson (S) tech. fall Acosta, 15-0; 112-Bolding (H) pin Tempest; 119-Fulmer (H) pin Patterson; 125-Coones (H) pin Simmons; 130-Boyd (S) pin Cooke; 135-Ross (H) pin Tempest; 140-Aponte (H) d. LaPresta 14-3; 145-Haxzel (S) d. Walters, 7-4; 152-Capocciama (S) pin Haje; 160-Koss (H) d. Moore, 8-7; 171-Bean (S) pin Fuller; 189-Stevens (S) maj.d. Jones, 11-0; 215-Jam. Breaux (S) tech. fall Baggett 17-2; HWT-Joh. Breaux (S) won by dq.

Get match! Looked like Byrnes might pull it out early on. Dutch Fork was tough up top!
Feb 9Sat 8:00a "EYE OF THE STORM" TOURNAMENT Wren High School Coaches for further info contact Mike Sanders @ msanders@mindspring.com
2A-1A Matchups at Swansea High School Walhalla vs Woodruff
Chesterfield vs Swansea
3A Matchups at White Knoll High School Eastside vs Chester
Lake City vs Lugoff-Elgin
Summerville State Champions 32-31 over Dutch Fork-Click for full results .
Dutch Fork defeats Irmo in Semis 37-29 .
Summerville 54 Stratford 15 in the Semis .
AAA State Results!! LOWERSTATE: Lugoff-Elgin 33 vs. Lake City 32.

Upper State: Eastside 58 vs. Chester 12.

State Finals: Eastside 36 vs. Lugoff-Elgin 30.
2A-1A State Dual Finals:
Swansea 47, Walhalla 22

2A-1A State Semi-Finals:
Swansea defeats Chesterfield
Walhalla defeats Woodruff
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Article on Eastside's win over Lugoff-Elgin Eastside reclaims title from Lugoff-Elgin
By CHRIS DEARING
Special Correspondent

Eastside wrestling coach Jack Kosmicki took a page from his days at The Citadel, and his players followed suit by shaving their heads much like the cadets.

The haircuts paid off as the Eagles won the Class AAA state title with a 36-30 victory over Lugoff-Elgin on Saturday.

The Eagles (18-1) regained the team dual title they last held two seasons ago when they also beat the Demons in the state final. Lugoff-Elgin (14-9) was the defending state champion.

"We had 14 guys that did their job," Kosmicki said. "Some guys needed to win by decision, some by pin, some was to not get pinned and only give up three points, and they all did it. We had 14 guys working as one."

Kosmicki had his team working out at 6 a.m. on the Sunday before the playoffs began. After that workout, the players got the idea of getting together and shaving their heads to show togetherness.

On Monday at school, the entire team showed up sporting the shaven look.

"It was kind of a team idea," senior Brent Poynter said. "It really brought the team together and showed our unity."

Poynter and teammate Matt Crawford agreed that the workout was another idea that brought the team even closer.

"We did the early morning workouts a few times, and one of the motivating factors was we knew all the other teams would be sleeping and by the time they wake up, we'd already will have had a good workout in," said Poynter, the defending individual champion at 152.

Crawford maybe summed it up best.

"We get a whole workout in before they wake up," he said. "We even wanted to beat them in their sleep."

For the seniors on the Eastside team, they've come full circle from when they were freshmen. They lost in the finals to Lugoff-Elgin, then won the title over the Demons as sophomores and lost in the semifinals last season before ending their careers with a state title.

Eastside clinched the match when senior Crawford recorded a pin just before the end of the first period against Adam Ardis in the 189-pound match. That gave the Eagles an insurmountable 36-12 lead with three matches remaining. Eastside forfeited the final three matches so the team could begin its celebration.

"I didn't really know I had a chance to clinch until coach told me right before I walked onto the mat," Crawford said. "We worked hard all year, and given the chance to clinch, I had no doubt in my mind that I'd do it."

Eastside took control in the first two matches with comeback decisions in the final period.

The finals started with the 112-pound match, and Daniel Leader got an escape and a takedown in the final minute to win his match 7-5. At 119, Adam Ewoldsen came back from a 7-3 deficit to win 10-7.

Another key victory for the Eagles came at 160 when Brian Catalana, a senior who had started until recently, decisioned Greg Diller 20-13.

"We had guys step up from every position in the lineup," Kosmicki said. "Our goal was to get back to this position, and they worked hard all season and wouldn't be denied."

Eastside 36, Lugoff-Elgin 30

At White Knoll

103: David Catoe (LE) by forfeit; 112: Daniel Leader (E) d. Donnie Outen 7-5; 119: Adam Ewoldsen (E) d. Kyle Gogan 10-7; 125: Terry Christmas (E) p. Josh Mitchell; 130: Ian Courson (LE) d. Kevin Gowen 15-8; 135: Julius Frederick (LE) p. J.D Causey; 140: Neal Merritt (E) p. Josh Sheehan; 145: Jonathan Baker (LE) maj. d. Glen Williams 10-1; 152: Damario Pendergrass (E) d. Matt Mendlesohn 12-7; 160: Brian Catalana (E) d. Greg Diller 20-13; 171: Brent Poynter (E) p. Tim Sheperd; 189: Matt Crawford (E) p. Adam Ardis; 215: Keith Medlin (LE) by forfeit; Hwt: Newman Segars (LE) by forfeit.
Article from The State on Summerville's win Silver Foxes fall to Green Wave in rematch
By RON AIKEN
Staff Writer

Summerville coach Kenny Walker barely could contain himself. Hugging practically everyone in sight, the fifth-year Green Wave coach was exuberant after his team's 32-31 win over Dutch Fork in a rematch of last season's final in the Class AAAA state dual wrestling championships at Irmo.

And who could blame him? His team had just won its second straight state title and had beaten a Dutch Fork squad that was ranked first in the state, one spot ahead of Summerville.

"I'm so happy for these kids and our parents and coaches," Walker said.

"Dutch Fork is an outstanding team, but we came in here focused like we hadn't been in our last few matches and came through.

Summerville jumped to an early 15-0 lead with three decisions and a pin, including a dramatic 3-2 win by Summerville's Sharron Gathers over Eric Lambert in the 160-pound class.

"I lost yesterday in the third period, and there was no way I was going to lose again because I was tired," Gathers said. "By the end I could tell he was tiring, and I was lucky enough to get a couple of big escapes."

Dutch Fork answered with a technical fall for top-ranked Careef Robertson at 171 and a Nick Leone pin, and with seven matches remaining Summerville held an 18-11 lead.

But from there it was all Green Wave. Heavyweight Dustin Fry recorded a quick pin, and Summerville added another major decision to make the score 28-15 with four matches left.

A shocking major decision by the Green Wave's Gerald Turner, ranked fifth in the state, over top-ranked Kyle Kimrey at 119 virtually sealed the win. When top-ranked Mike Ellis of Dutch Fork couldn't pin 12th-ranked Brad Kiebler of Summerville, the match was out of the Silver Foxes' reach.

Walker said he knew three weight classifications would be the difference in the final -- 119, 152 and 160.

"Gerald's major decision over Kimrey in the 119 was just huge," Walker said. "And the points Gathers gave us at 160 were big along with Jonathan Bragg's pin at 152.

"This win is a credit to the seniors who have been with me since I took over this program five years ago. They stuck it out through thick and thin, and now we're back-to-back team champions. It feels great."

Watching Summerville accept the championship medals for the second year in a row wasn't easy for Dutch Fork coach B.D. LaPrad, who had few words after his team's loss.

"Summerville is a better team than we are, and we knew how difficult it would be coming in," LaPrad said. "From top to bottom we didn't wrestle like we needed to to win."

Summerville 32, Dutch Fork 31

At Irmo

103: Young (S) maj. dec. Firtko. 112: Pollock (DF) maj. dec. LaPrad. 119: Turner (S) maj. dec. Kimrey. 125: Ellis (DF) maj. dec. Kiebler. 130: Lukshis (DF) forfeit Wickenhofer. 135: Selke (DF) forfeit Riley. 140: Riley (S) dec. Benton.

145: T. Wickenhofer (S) dec. Carpenter. 152: Bragg (S) pinned Jovanelly. 160: Gathers (S) dec. Lambert. 171: Robertson (DF) tech fall Chavis. 189: Ross (S) dec. Lambert. 215: Leone (DF) pinned Manigault. 275: Fry (S) pinned Estes.
Feb 10Sun The Citadel Wrestlers Beat Appalachian State
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The Citadel Wrestlers Beat Appalachian State
Charleston, SC — The Citadel 1-1 in Southern Conference action squared off against the 2001 SoCon dual meet title and tournament
champions. The Citadel defeated the Mountaineers 20-17. According to wrestling historians 1983 was the last time The Citadel
defeated Appalachian State.
The Bulldogs started hot with a 9-0 major decision from 149-pound Wayne Watts over Appalachian's Steve Fox. The Mountaineers
rebounded winning matches at 157, 165 and 174-pound weight classes. The Citadel's Vince Bartges lost to defending SoCon
champion PJ Boccia 10-1. Mike Regner lost 8-2 to another SoCon champion, Mark Fee, at the 165-pound weight class. Bulldog James
Rose lost to Lee Roper 17-7.
The Citadel's John Bohren turned the tides by beating Sean McIntosh 6-4. Jordan Everett gave The Citadel the lead in team points
(13-10) by pinning Jared Linderman in 3:23. Heavyweight Billy Linane scored a major decision on Appalachian's Caleb Smith.
Bulldog Brandon Gates won 6-2 over Terrance Thompson at the 125-pound weight class. Another SoCon champion, Travis Drake
defeated Sean Markey 15-9. The Citadel's Mike Martinez lost 8-0 to Jason Jones at the 141-pound weight class, but the team score
ended in The Citadel's favor due to a pin by Everett and two major decisions from Watts and Linane.
It was senior recognition day at McAlister Field House. Four Bulldog seniors were recognized. Anthony DelPriore, Josh Mau,
Robby Bell and Mike Regner.
"I challenged these men to rebound from the Chattanooga loss and beat a very good wrestling team," stated Coach Rob Hjerling.
"We had a couple guys beat opponents they weren't supposed to." "Anytime The Citadel beats Appalachian State in a dual meet it's
a good day; I'm very proud of these guys."
"We need to finish our conference schedule strong," added Coach Hjerling. The Citadel will return to action on February 16, 2002 at
VMI and again on February 17 at UNC Greensboro.
Feb 11Mon . .
Feb 12Tue . .
Feb 13Wed . .
Feb 14Thu . .
Feb 15Fri 5:45p -10:00p 3-AAA Lower State @ Dreher H.S. The 3-AAA Lower State Tournament will feature 19 teams, including some of the best 3-AAA competition. Individuals will represent such programs as NMB, LE, White Knoll, Brookland-Cayce, CF, MB, Dreher, Lake City, and Camden.
Feb 16Sat 9:00a -5:30p 3-AAA Lower State @ Dreher H.S. .
BHP RESULTS AT UPPERSTATE INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT .
4A Lower State Results These are the official results from the 2002 4A SC Lower State Wrestling Tournament held on 2-15-02 and 2-16-02 at Dutch Fork High School. I ran the tournament brackets and would be glad to answer any questions if you need to write articles for the Sunday paper.

Mark Buford
mark@scmat.com
803-749-1645 home
803-238-0098 cell


Number of State Qualifiers for each team:

Summerville - 9
Dutch Fork - 9
Hilton Head - 7
Stratford - 6
Spring Valley - 4
Battery Creek - 4
Fort Dorchester - 3
Goose Creek - 2
James Island - 2
Berkeley - 2
Hartsville - 2
Ridgeview - 1
Lancaster - 1
Crestwood - 1
Wando - 1
Lower Richland - 1
Sumter - 1


Place Winners for each weight class:

Weight: 103
1st: Andrew Young - Summerville
2nd: Brad Robinson - Spring Valley
3rd: Matt Firtko - Dutch Fork
4th: Zach Johnson - Battery Creek

Weight: 112
1st: Clyde Pollock - Dutch Fork
2nd: Justin Nierode - Hilton Head
3rd: Alvin Simmons - Battery Creek
4th: Chase Keller - Sumter

Weight: 119
1st: Gerald Turner - Summerville
2nd: Kyle Kimrey - Dutch Fork
3rd: Adam Takach - Hilton Head
4th: Darice Livingston - Goose Creek

Weight: 125
1st: Mike Ellis - Dutch Fork
2nd: Anthony Corwin - Fort Dorchester
3rd: Adam Bessinger - Battery Creek
4th: T.J. Bailey - Crestwood

Weight: 130
1st: Joe Wickenhofe - Summerville
2nd: Omar Heyward - Berkeley
3rd: Mauro Bria - Hilton Head
4th: Michael Boyd - Stratford

Weight: 135
1st: T.J. Selke - Dutch Fork
2nd: Curtis Graham - Battery Creek
3rd: Alex Piper - Hilton Head
4th: Tyler Campbell - James Island

Weight: 140
1st: Terrell Riley - Summerville
2nd: Dustin Byrd - James Island
3rd: Brian Yates - Fort Dorchester
4th: Andrew Benton - Dutch Fork

Weight: 145
1st: Toby Wickenhofe - Summerville
2nd: Derik Neitz - Spring Valley
3rd: Caleb Atkins - Wando
4th: Patrick Hazel - Stratford

Weight: 152
1st: Caleb Capocciama - Stratford
2nd: Randy Nazionale - Ridgeview
3rd: Jonathan Bragg - Summerville
4th: Mike Sunkins - Hilton Head

Weight: 160
1st: Sharron Gathers - Summerville
2nd: Will Kuhn - Spring Valley
3rd: Charlie Luther - Hartsville
4th: Ed Mallard - Goose Creek

Weight: 171
1st: Careef Robertson - Dutch Fork
2nd: Jack Bean - Stratford
3rd: Jamie McClendon - Fort Dorchester
4th: Zach Bussert - Spring Valley

Weight: 189
1st: Aaron Lambert - Dutch Fork
2nd: Jada Ross - Summerville
3rd: Jeremy Stevens - Stratford
4th: Chris Whetmore - Hilton Head

Weight: 215
1st: Nick Leone - Dutch Fork
2nd: James Breaux - Stratford
3rd: Calvin Epps - Lower Richland
4th: Evans Capers - Hilton Head

Weight: 275
1st: Dustin Frye - Summerville
2nd: Chris Reyes - Berkeley
3rd: Fred Mills - Lancaster
4th: Kenneth Jenkins - Hartsville
4A Upperstate Results Upperstate 4A Results from Hillcrest

103) Brandon Goens(Byrnes),Brad Miller(Mauldin)Chris Jackson(Rock Hill),Tristan Horan(Ft. Mill)
112) Anthony Manross(Irmo), Jake Fordham(Ft. Mill), Roderick Wright(Rock Hill),T.J. Cofield(Lexington)
119) Ryan Cloonan(Brynes), Steven Fulmer(Hillcrest), Antonio Knox(Northwestern), Rocky Bolden(T.L. Hanna)
125) Cole Wilson(Brynes), Jamie Clark(Irmo), Riley Galloway(Northwestern), Michael Franks(Laurens)
130) Al Jones(Irmo), J.J. Davis(Byrnes), Brandon Franks(Laurens), Brad Dawson(Lexington)
135) John D. Teague(Rock Hill), Kyle White(T.L.Hanna), Paul Ballenger(Byrnes), Michael Phelps(Lexington)
140) Andy King(Ft. Mill), Ryan Reedy(Lexington), Kevin Smith(Mauldin), Abdel Nasser(Brynes)
145) Robbie Powell(Byrnes), Christian Aponte(Hillcrest), Jason Starnes(Rock Hill), Phillip Edwards(Mauldin)
152) Joe Chapman(Irmo), Alonzo Azumendi(Brynes), Tim McGaha(Mauldin), Warren Pressley(Spartanburg)
160) Craig Albers(Ft. Mill), Daniel Epstein(T.L. Hanna), Mark Wojoski(Irmo), Todd Cottrell(Lexington)
171) Whit Sowards(Irmo), Josh Suttles(Brynes), Josh Sabath(Ft. Mill), Kent Oliver(T.L. Hanna)
189) Parker Valek(Irmo), Stephen McCarley(Westside), T.C. Wilson(Airport), Michael Grase(Rock Hill)
215) Vince Santolla(Ft. Mill), Mike Powell(Airport), Nick Robbins(Brynes), Grady Baggett(Hillcrest)
275) Chris Woods(Irmo), Tom Sustek(Westside), Mitch Anthony(Dorman), Jared McCall(Ft. Mill)


Qualifiers

Brynes 10
Irmo 8
Ft. Mill 7
Lexington 5
Rock Hill 5
T. L. Hanna 4
Mauldin 4
Hillcrest 3
Laurens 2
Northwestern 2
Airport 2
Westside 2
Dorman 1
Spartanburg 1


The Upperstate matches had some great match ups. Parker Valek pinned his way through the tournament beating the 24-0, Stephen McCarley from Westside. Al Jones of Irmo and J. J. Davis from Brynes had a great match with Jones winning 4-3. Andy King of Ft. Mill and Robbie Powell, from Brynes, won their weight classes as returning state champions. Matt Hill from Irmo did not participate as did Daniel Sisk from Irmo. Other wrestlers that forfeited were Ross Epstein, T.L. Hanna, Mark Peay, Brynes, Danny Conway, Rock Hill, Stephen Kirkland, Laurens, C.J. Dalesandro, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, C. Williams, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Tim Price, Rock Hill, Alan Mitchell, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, and Alonzo David, Orangeburg-Wilkinson.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
2A Lower State Results Weight Class 103
1. Phillips (Loris)
2. Gainey (Chesterfield)
3. Brown (Swansea)
4. Gordon (Cheraw)

Weight Class 112
1. Isaac (Cheraw)
2. Bendt (Bishop England)
3. Robinson (North Central)
4. Michaud (Chesterfield)

Weight Class 119
1. Eazel (Swansea)
2. Rayfield (Chesterfield)
3. Dyson (Aynor)
4. Warren (Cheraw)

Weight Class 125
1. Bordallo (Bishop England)
2. Tucker (Cheraw)
3. Moore (Chesterfield)
4. Hall (Hanahan)

Weight Class 130
1. Canipe (Chesterfield)
2. Staley (Swansea)
3. Wright (Loris)
4. De La Rosa (Bishop England)

Weight Class 135
1. Gause (Loris)
2. Alford (Aynor)
3. Bugarin (Bishop England)
4. Walker (Swansea)

Weight Class 140
1. Canipe (Chesterfield)
2. Darby (Edisto)
3. Bush (Bishop England)
4. Samuels (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)

Weight Class 145
1. Gainey (Chesterfield)
2. Brown (Swansea)
3. Dyson (Loris)
4. Walker (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)

Weight Class 152
1. Robinson (Cheraw)
2. Fordham (Hanahan)
3. Hegler (North Central)
4. Felts (Chesterfield)

Weight Class 160
1. Herrington (Cheraw)
2. Lewis (Loris)
3. McNeill (Edisto)
4. Black (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)

Weight Class 171
1. Caldwell (Swansea)
2. Mixon (Edisto)
3. Boykin (Bishop England)
4. Johnson (Loris)

Weight Class 189
1. Canipe (Chesterfield)
2. Singleton (Swansea)
3. Strong (North Central)
4. Burbage (Hanahan)

Weight Class 215
1. Windham (Swansea)
2. Stack (Chesterfield)
3. Heuer (Bishop England)
4. Strong (North Central)

Weight Class 275 (Heavy Weight)
1. Briggman (Swansea)
2. Oxandobourne (North Central)
3. Rowe (Edisto)
4. Blair (Cheraw)
Eastside sends 10 to state meet
By Bob Castello
STAFF WRITER
bcastell@greenvillenews.com
Eastside sends 10 to state meet
By Bob Castello
STAFF WRITER
bcastell@greenvillenews.com

TAYLORS -- The stage was set for Brent Poynter.

Eastside's senior 160-pounder was wrestling at home, in the Class AAA Upper State final, against Seneca's Vinson Good, the defending state champion at 160.

"This is the last match I'm ever going to wrestle in this gym," Poynter said, "and I really wanted to send it out on a good note, and I think I did."

Poynter, the state champion at 152 pounds last year, pinned Good 44 seconds into the second period. Poynter, 46-0 with 43 pins, was one of Eastside's four first-place finishers.

In all, the Eagles, who won the Class AAA dual championship last weekend, qualified 10 wrestlers for next weekend's state tournament in Columbia, the most during coach Jack Kosmicki's six seasons at Eastside.

The Eagles' other champions were Cong Cap at 103, Terry Christmas at 125 and Matt Crawford at 171.

Christmas, wrestling despite a shoulder injury, earned a 5-3 victory against Seneca's Shane Morris in the final.

"He gutted it out," Kosmicki said. "He beat a state runner-up in the finals for it."

Greenville coach Chuck Winney celebrated his 33rd birthday by watching four of his Red Raiders make it to state, including champions Byron Watkins at 119 and Elliot Wright at 215.

Last year, Watkins broke his collarbone in the Peach Blossom AAA final. He won that match but was unable to wrestle at Upper State.

"Today he got to show what he's really made of," Winney said.

So did Riverside sophomore Chris Humphries, now 29-4. He came from behind in the third period, then won by pin in overtime against Wade Hampton's Josh Turner, who had been undefeated against Class AAA competition.

"Under pressure, Chris wrestles even better," Riverside coach Jimmy Griffin said. "If he knows he's going to get the top-quality guy, then he wrestles even harder, and I love that about him."

Riverside, Berea, Wade Hampton and Greer each had four qualifiers. Berea's quartet included Antonio Rivera, the champion at 112.

Mann had two qualifiers, including 152-pound champion Matt Swilley, and Blue Ridge had one qualifier.


•In the Class AAAA Upper State tournament at Hillcrest, four Rams qualified for state. Steven Fulmer took second at 119, Christian Aponte second at 145 and Grady Baggett fourth at 215.

Mauldin had four state qualifiers: Brad Miller, second at 103; Kevin Smith, third at 140; Phillip Edwards, fourth at 145; and Tim McGaha, third at 152.
Byrnes sends 10 wrestlers to Columbia
Four Rebels win upper state titles
Byrnes sends 10 wrestlers to Columbia
Four Rebels win upper state titles


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Area wrestlers who qualified for the state finals Saturday in Columbia:

4A
103: Brandon Goen(BYR); 119: Ryan Cloonan(BYR); 125: Cole Wilson (BYR); 130: J.J. Davis (BYR); 135: Paul Ballenger (BYR); 140: Abdel Nassar (BYR); 145: Robbie Powell (BYR); 152: Warren Pressley (SPA), Alonso Azumendi (BYR); 171: Josh Suttles(BYR); 215: Nick Robbins(BYR); HWT: Mitch Anthony (DOR)

3A
103: Alex Abbott (BRM), Jeff Ensley (GRE); 112: Robbie Dority (GRE), Aaron Holden (RIV); 125: Justin Arthur (BRM); 130: Jayvon Jackson (GRE), Camden Shealey (BRM); 135: Chris Humphries (RIV); 140: Park Webster (RIV); 160: D. J. Gregg (BRM); 171: Robbie Cooksey (BRM); 189: Tyler Harris (RIV); 215: Walter Booker (GRE)

2A/1A
112: Anthony Zepeta (WOD); 119: Dustin DeShields (WOD); 125: Matt Bailey (WOD); 130: Sam Schadfly (WOD); 135: Justin Haney (WOD); 145: Nick Sugalski (WOD); 152: John Dimauro (WOD); 189: Jarred Stokes (WOD); 215: Derek Cantwell (WOD)




By Jason Gilmer
Recent stories by this writer
SIMPSONVILLE -- The Byrnes Rebels went to Hillcrest on Saturday with one goal — to advance as many wrestlers as possible to next week's state championship.

And they were successful, sending 10 wrestlers, out of 11, to the state title meet, the most ever for the school.

"It's amazing. We had six go last year. We wanted 11, but 10 is pretty good," 119-pound upper state champion Ryan Cloonan said.

Byrnes coach Russ Howard and assistant coach Eric Hansen didn't move out their chairs on the championship mats many times in the early going. During the first eight championship matches, six Rebels were involved.

Cloonan, along with Brandon Goen (103-pounds), Cole Wilson (125) and Robbie Powell (145) won upper state crowns.

Cloonan won his match with a pin in the second period.

"It feels great," Cloonan said. "I was pretty nervous coming into the tournament. I wrestled a lot better here than I have in the last few weeks. So I feel pretty confident going into the state next week."

Along with the four champions, six other Rebels –- J.J. Davis (130), Paul Ballenger (135), Abdel Nassar (140), Alonso Azumendi (152), Josh Suttles (171) –- moved into next week's tournament.

Two other area wrestlers, Spartanburg's Warren Pressley (145) and Dorman's Mitch Anthony (HWT) also advanced. Pressley finished fourth, while Anthony was third.

Goen is a newcomer to the Rebels' parade of qualifiers.

Last season he didn't even advance to the upper state championships. The sophomore spent half of last season as the team's 112-pounder though he weighed only 100-pounds.

Once the team's 103-pounder left for disciplinary reasons, Goen moved back to his natural spot.

"Hard work pays off," Goen said. "I've been doing pretty good all year. I came in seeded No. 1, so I was supposed to win today. I needed to win it."

"He worked and did everything we told him to do. He lifted weights and practiced hard. The experience of wrestling 112-pounders for half a year makes a difference," Howard said. "His confidence is up his year so now he is wrestling well."

With the large number of qualifiers, the Rebels have a good chance of winning the team title at next week's state tournament. Points will be tallied like other tournaments and a champion will be named.

Howard said the South Carolina Wrestling Coaches Association would give out the state title. This type of title hasn't been done in years, since the state started awarding a duals championship.

"That's really good," Powell said about the large number of wrestlers going forward.

"That will help us out now that they are keeping the team score at the state meet. We'll practice hard this week so everyone can score some points and we can be the champions."

"It's a plus of course, because we have 10 possibilities to score points. We still want kids to go down there and place," Howard said. "I think we should be ahead of people in the number of wrestlers. But our guys still have to wrestle through and get some points."


Woodruff sending nine wrestlers to Columbia
Woodruff sending nine wrestlers to Columbia
Despite high number of qualifiers, Wolverines had no upper state champs


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By Mark Wilson
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WESTMINISTER —Woodruff wrestling coach Chad Livingston was sporting a smile following the 1A/2A upper state tournament Saturday.

Nine of his grapplers placed in the top four, qualifying for the state finals in Columbia Friday and Saturday.

"We put a lot of emphasis on qualifying for the state tournament. This is the most we have had qualify in my four years as head coach," Livingston said. "Last year, we had seven to reach Columbia."

Livingston was pleasantly surprised with two of his wrestlers in the upper weight classes.

"Derek Cantwell at 215 was seeded sixth and Jared Stokes at 189, I think, was sixth or eighth in the tournament and for both to reach the finals was a remarkable achievement," Livingston said.

Cantwell had rarely wrestled at 215 this year, usually being asked to wrestle at a heavier weight.

Although nine Wolverines finished in the top four, none took first place honors.

Livingston's only disappointment came in a couple of consolation results.

"I thought we'd do better in a couple of those third-place matches," he said.

Crescent with five first-place finishers, qualified seven overall.

Walhalla had three first-place winners and seven overall and Chapin had two first-place finishers and seven overall.

Landrum had no wrestlers advance to the final four.

"We have to get them ready for next week now," Livingston said.

Five Centurions headed to state
Four qualified for the first time
Five Centurions headed to state
Four qualified for the first time


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By Dudley Brown
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TAYLORS — The Broome Centurions didn't leave the upper state 3A wrestling tournament with an upper state champion, but they advanced five athletes to the state tournament and remained excited about next season.

The state tournament will be held Saturday at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia.

Four of the Centurions qualified for the tournament for the first time: Alex Abbott (103), Camden Shealy (130), D. J. Gregg (160) and Robbie Cooksey (171).

Justin Arthur (125) qualified for the third time.

The Centurions' remaining wrestlers are continuing to impress their coaches and provide enthusiasm for next year, because the team will not lose anyone to graduation.

"My assistant coaches and I got together after last year and said, 'Guys let's be realistic, if we make .500 and take one or two to state, we've done a good job,'" Broome coach Steve Carruth said. "We actually won one more match than last year.

"We're happy about next year as you can imagine especially with us having no seniors."

A couple of injuries kept the Centurions from possibly advancing more athletes.

On Friday night, Jeremy Longshore (152) injured his knee in practice and Jon Paul Duggins (112) injured his hand earlier in the week during a practice. Longshore was the No. 2 seed in his weight class.

"I thought we had a shot at seven (going to state), but we got five and all seven are coming back next year," Carruth said. "The five that qualified will lead the team next year."

Greer also advanced four, including two first-year wrestlers.

Freshman Jeff Ensley and sophomore Walter Booker qualified for the state tournament in their first seasons by finishing fourth in their weight classes.

"They've been getting better all year long and it all just came together this weekend," Greer coach Chad Nelson said.

Booker lost to Berea's Justin Smith 3-2 in the 215-pound weight class, and Ensley lost to Berea's Frank Carter (103 pounds).

Booker, who plays football, says he tried wrestling to stay in shape.

"I'm surprised (about qualifying for state)," Booker said. "It gives me more experience going into next year."

Greer's Robbie Dority (112), last year's state champion at 103 pounds, and Jayvon Jackson (130) also advanced, finishing second.

Eastside had the most state tournament qualifiers (10), including four upper state champions.

Riverside advanced four wrestlers, including upper state champion Chris Humphries (135). Aaron Holden (112), Park Webster (140) and Tyler Harris (189) also qualified.

Nelson plans for his wrestlers to practice at Eastside this week along with other 3A wrestlers who will compete at the state tournament.

"If they wrestle hard they got a chance," Nelson said. "The biggest thing is wrestling and not being intimidated."

Weight-loss rules continue to be scrutinized


Weight-loss rules continue to be scrutinized


Sunday, February 17, 2002
BY BRIAN HICKS and KIMBERLY HUNT
Of The Post and Courier Staff



Nick Shepherd has less than an hour to lose a pound and a half or his wrestling season is over.
If he weighs even an ounce over 132 pounds at 9:30 a.m., the Goose Creek High senior will be disqualified from his seeded spot in the regional tournament. He needs to drop roughly an ounce a minute.
Shepherd begins to sweat - not because he's nervous, but because that's the way it's done.
Buried under four layers of clothes on a recent Saturday morning, Shepherd sprints around the Stratford High School campus, running through drills on the practice mats in the gymnasium, anything that will work him into a lather of sweat, causing him to shed water weight. When tournament officials call time and tell him he must step on the scales in the next minute, Shepherd is jogging in place, his hooded head pressed against a concrete wall.
In the locker room, he peels off layer after layer of clothing until he is down to bare skin. His coaches wipe him down, ridding his body of heavy perspiration. Just before stepping onto the scales, Shepherd takes one last precaution - he slips out of his underwear. As the electronic, state-certified scale begins to calculate his weight, Shepherd and his coaches hold their breath.
After a few seconds, the screen flashes its verdict: "132.0."
Shepherd is cleared to wrestle. Losing the underwear probably made the difference.
This is the world of high school wrestling. Wrestlers put themselves through intense training and conditioning that would fell most football and basketball players, all the while having to maintain the razor-thin balance of being as close to their weight class as possible without going an ounce over.
South Carolina's high school wrestling season ends this week with state individual finals. Next week, wrestlers will leave behind boot-camp-like training sessions and four-mile runs in favor of normal meals; trade in bottled water for Cokes. And if current trends continue, next year there will be even more restrictions on what they can do to lose weight.
While most wrestlers today profess a real concern for their own health and dismiss extreme weight loss practices as a thing of the past, others hint that there are still those who wear rubber suits to maximize sweating, vomit and take laxatives to hit their target weight.
Trainers and doctors say that even some accepted practices for cutting weight could be dangerous if they are not monitored. For proof they point to 1997, when three college wrestlers died trying to make weight.
National high school rules governing weight loss are getting stricter every year. There is now a bump of two pounds in all weight classes midway through the season to allow for normal growth in kids still sprouting toward maturity. The limit on Shepherd's 130-pound class was raised to 132 pounds in January.
Weigh-in sessions are more closely monitored these days, and kids are officially not allowed to do anything to dehydrate their bodies if they don't make weight on their first trip to the scales. Coaches and school athletic trainers will punish - even suspend - kids caught wearing rubber suits, which hold in body heat. The suits make them sweat profusely and can cook them at the same time.
Now, the national debate is focused on a shift to body-fat measurements as a way to regulate weight loss and keep kids from becoming too emaciated in their quest for the perfect weight.


WEIGHTY MATTERS
For wrestlers, it is all about weight. It decides their fate at every match - either they are on the mat or they are on the bench. They obsess about it - unconsciously do things to help lose it. Commonly practiced methods of cutting weight quickly are passed down year after year among wrestlers, along with the stories of dramatic cuts.
Paul Burt says he once lost 8 pounds in two hours - roughly 5 percent of the 152-pound wrestler's mass. He did it the way most wrestlers do - running for miles at a time and wearing several layers of sweatshirts and pants.
It's not that big a deal, he says, because mostly he's only losing water weight that he can put back on just as quickly by chugging water or Gatorade. Burt, a sophomore at Goose Creek High, controls his weight primarily by eating lightly during the season - a hard-boiled egg without the yolk for breakfast, a salad for dinner. It is a practice he has followed for years.
"Wrestling gets you in shape more than any other sport," says Burt, who runs track and has also played football. "With wrestling, you use all your muscles. It takes more dedication and training. It is physically draining to lose weight, but as good a shape as we're in, it's not that bad."
There is no question about it - these guys are in shape. At a recent practice of the Goose Creek High varsity squad, the team warmed up by doing moves that would tax a gymnast, including a series of flips from a standing position. They knocked each other down and were back in their attack crouch within seconds. The best of them fall to the mat and are back on their feet before the padding can record the impact.
A healthy percentage of wrestlers on Burt's team - and in other serious high school wrestling programs around the Lowcountry - don't have to do anything to manipulate their weight. They are the lucky ones whose natural body weight keeps them in their division.
Others constantly battle to keep their weight down about one class below their natural weight, hoping their relatively larger size and muscle mass will give them an advantage. These are the ones with off-the-wall tips passed down for years, with their own home remedies that border on obsession.
They spit into cups during school to lose water weight, and when they can't spit anymore, they take cough drops, which engorge spit glands. They clip their fingernails - anything to shed an ounce - and even refuse to use body lotion or underarm deodorant. Anything that touches your body could add a half-ounce or so, they believe.
It has, most wrestlers say, gotten tamer over the years. These days, a kid who is 7 or 8 pounds overweight will find himself bumped up to the next weight class.
Still, some wrestlers admit to practically fasting during the season. One kid says he has cut back to half a grapefruit for breakfast, the other half for dinner, a pittance of food that some trainers say is just not enough.
Many wrestlers concede that at matches they see the results of under-eating and over-practicing. They'll shake hands with their opponent and his grip is flaccid, or he'll have a gaunt look in his eyes. These are the people who roll themselves up in mats to sweat off the weight, who wear rubber suits under three layers of sweats, who take laxatives before a match to shed pounds.
"On some other teams, they push things," Burt says. "But this is just a part of my life - it's not so important that I'd do anything unhealthy."
Joe Wickenhoefer, a senior on the Summerville High wrestling team, says the kids who go to extremes are overdoing it and hurting themselves in the long run. He takes more than a month to lose 15 pounds to wrestle in the 130-pound class.
"The basic principle is just to burn more calories than you take in - decrease what you eat, increase the work intensity," Wickenhoefer says. "But you have to have certain proteins and carbs. Our philosophy is to work it off. It's not healthy the other way. We have to be smart - don't eat like a pig but don't eat like a bird, either."


HEALTHY DEBATE
In hushed tones, wrestlers reel off anecdotes of dramatic weight loss - as much as 13 pounds in a day. Those tales, trainers say, are probably just that: tales. Most health care professionals say that losing 10 pounds or more in a day is probably an exaggeration fueled by a body's normal weight swings, coupled with dehydrating water loss.
Most sports medicine officials say that losing 2 or 3 pounds a week is the ideal.
"If you lose more than that, you're losing muscle mass," says Beth Pantone, a physical therapist at Trident Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. "And if it's water weight, that's dehydration. If they lose that much water that quickly, it can decrease their muscle strength, coordination and reaction time, as well as their balance."
There are potentially even more deadly problems. In recent years, most high school athletes who died during practices did so, not because of the intensity of the training, but because the workout affected other, undetected health problems.
Dr. Christopher Nielsen, an MUSC cardiologist, says some of those high school athletes who have died were felled by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a genetic defect that causes unusual thickening in the heart. It is a condition that may linger in as many as one in 500 people but is only a serious problem for a very few.
"People with that condition tend to do worse when dehydrated," Nielsen says. "It will exacerbate the condition."
Nielsen said the more prevalent health problems associated with weight cutting would be not eating enough protein. When that happens, the body begins to eat itself to generate the energy to operate.
"In the long run, that just makes you weaker," Nielsen says.
As a result of some of those concerns, high school athletic associations have cracked down on weight loss guidelines for wrestlers in recent years. There is the mid-season allowance of 2 pounds for every weight class (which takes into account that high school students are still growing) and the rule that kids are no longer allowed to weigh-in twice before a match.
"At a regular match, if you don't make weight, they bump you up a class. In the tournament, you're disqualified because you've been seeded in a specific weight class," says Paul Hernandez, district director of high school wrestling in the region. "The rules are getting tougher. When you weigh in, that's it. You can't get off the scales and do anything to dehydrate yourself."
Time was, wrestlers had a minute or so of grace if they failed to make weight - they could go to the bathroom, jog a little more or, so the stories go, make themselves throw up.
Today, wrestling coaches seem as concerned with weight management as teaching strategy and moves. With a kid's health their responsibility alone, some coaches say they find themselves enforcing tougher rules every year.
"When a kid comes in on the first day, he can't drop more than one weight class from where he is that day, which I consider their natural weight," says Berkeley High School wrestling coach Steve Blanchard. "I also like them to have at least 5 percent body fat. These kids are growing. If he's not eating, he's not going to grow up properly."
Body-fat measurement is the latest national debate in high school wrestling. Sam Crosby, chairman of the National Federation of State High School Associations, has argued that minimum body fat measurements and hydration levels be established, along with a minimum weight for a wrestler. Most say that level should be set at 5 percent body fat as a bare minimum.
The Kenyans who win the Cooper River Bridge run every year are at about 5 percent body fat. A maturing teenager with any less is most likely in serious danger.
"If they lose so much they have less than 5 percent body fat, it can affect them long-term," Pantone says.
Tim McDowell, the assistant coach of the Goose Creek High wrestling team, says his body fat was measured when he wrestled in West Virginia high schools. It's a good tool to monitor kids' weight, he says, but just one of a number of ways coaches can make sure their kids are healthy.
"I know what our kids weigh before practice even begins," he says. "We want them to make weight, sure, but we'll bump them up a weight class if we have to."
Most wrestlers and coaches say that while body fat would be an extra safety cushion, it would be hard to measure and monitor. The easiest way to get a body fat measurement - with calipers - is also the least accurate.


NO BIG DEAL?
On the morning of the regional tournament, Berkeley High School wrestler Silas Pipkin weighs 106, one pound more than the rules for the 105-class allow.
For an hour or more, he pounds the mat in the Stratford gym, from standing on his feet to down on his stomach in a second flat. He jogs in a couple of hooded sweatshirts.
When he heads for weigh-in, he takes no chances. He strips, clips his toenails in a shower stall and then takes a last-second trip to the bathroom. Dropping his underwear along the way, Pipkin hops up on the scale, which declares him "104.9" - a tenth of a pound below his maximum weight.
"People think it's hard to lose weight, but it's not," Pipkin says.
Wrestlers consider themselves among the elite athletes. At Summerville High, one of the most successful programs in the state, more than 100 new guys try out every year. Every year the tough training weeds out much of the new blood inside of a week.
To a one, wrestlers say theirs is the toughest sport, the only one where the athletes compete individually on a mat. That may explain why most wrestlers are more than willing to put in extra hours of training after an organized practice or why they can seem obsessive about their weight.
Like Pipkin, most wrestlers claim cutting weight is no big deal. Lee Rivers, a junior at Goose Creek, says he just stops eating junk food. He will lose 13 pounds in the month before wrestling season begins by "eating fruit instead of chocolate."
Shepherd says that wrestling is simply an attitude thing - the most physical of all sports is also the one that takes the most brainpower. Even controlling weight is attitude, he says.
"It's hard at first, especially," he says. "You have to get past the fact that your family is eating a big meal and you might have a piece of boiled chicken."
Shortly after Shepherd makes weight at the regional tournament, he moves to the gym bleachers, where he restores his dehydrated body with water and Gatorade.
After about an hour of rest, Shepherd meets his opponent in the particularly competitive 130-pound class. The match goes the distance and Shepherd, while not pinned, loses on points, 4-7.





Hilton Head High sends seven wrestlers to state tourney
Hilton Head High sends seven wrestlers to state tourney
But Seahawks win no Lower State titles
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published Sunday, February 17th, 2002

In a day of mixed results, the Hilton Head High School wrestling team left Saturday's Class 4-A Lower State meet at Dutch Fork High School without a championship but still qualified seven wrestlers for next week's state tournament.

Seven Seahawks advanced to the semifinals of their weight class, but only sophomore 112-pounder Justin Nierode came away with a victory. He then lost in the championship to Clyde Pollock of Dutch Fork.

The top four in each weight class advance to next Saturday's state meet, which will be held in the Carolina Coliseum, on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

"Sometimes the hardest part is getting there. We definitely didn't finish where we wanted to finish this weekend," said Seahawks coach John Hollman. "We definitely didn't have the Lower State tournament we wanted to wrestle. But you take consolation in that the major objective of this tournament isn't to win it; it's to place in the top four and qualify for the state tournament."

And in that respect, the Seahawks fared well, qualifying three more wrestlers for the state tournament than last season.

Ten of Hilton Head High's 14 wrestlers qualified for the Lower State during the Region 6-AAAA meet two weeks ago, and nine made the trip to Columbia (heavyweight Adam Schiller opted to stay behind to compete for one of the school's Academic Challenge teams on Saturday.)

Only three failed to advance, and one, 160-pounder Chris Newton, came within one victory of fighting his way through the consolation bracket to earn a trip. He was up by three points with 10 second remaining but got pinned in his quarterfinal match.

Alex Piper (135) suffered a disappointment, losing in double overtime to Battery Creek's Curtis Graham in the semifinals. Piper had defeated Graham in the region tournament Feb. 2. Piper went on to defeat Tyler Campbell of James Island in the consolation finals, however, and claim third place.

Adam Takach (119) and Mauro Bria (130) also finished third. Mike Sunkins (152), Chris Wetmore (189) and Evans Capers (215) turned in fourth-place finishes.

"Any time you can take half your starting lineup to the state tournament, that's a pretty good accomplishment," Hollman said. "We just keep on improving and getting a little better, a little better. We'll have five of those state-qualifiers back next year, so the future looks good."

State champion Summerville had seven Lower State champions on Saturday, and runner-up Dutch Fork had six. Stratford was the only other school to claim a championship.

Seconds


112 -- Justin Nierode, lost 6-0 in finals to Clyde Pollock (Dutch Fork.)
Third


119 -- Adam Takach, won by forfeit in consolation finals over Derek Livingston (Goose Creek.)

130 -- Mauro Bria, won 7-3 in consolation finals over Michael Boyd (Stratford.)

135 -- Alex Piper, won 10-3 in consolation finals over Tyler Campbell (James Island.)
Fourth


152 -- Mike Sunkins, double-injury default in consolation finals.

189 -- Chris Wetmore, lost 7-0 in consolation finals to Jeremy Stevens (Stratford).

215 -- Evans Capers, pinned in third period of consolation finals by Calvin Epps (Lower Richland).
3-AAA Lower State Qualifiers
3-AAA Lower State Qualifiers
103lbs
1. Barker (NMB)
2. Catoe (LE)
3. Blackston (WK)
4. Hinson (CF)

112lbs
1. Calder (CF)
2. Capps (MB)
3. Outen (LE)
4. Fulks(NMB)

119lbs
1. Washington (GT)
2. Price (NMB)
3. Reese (MB)
4. Damelio (ACF)

125lbs
1. Tucker (Cam)
2. Powell (LC)
3. Whaley (NC)
4. Tinajero (Tim)

130lbs
1. McFadden (LC)
2. Cotton (NMB)
3. Isaac (Dre)
4. Hendri (GT)

135lbs
1. Brockington (LC)
2. Frederick (LE)
3. Leonard (Dar)
4. Hervig (MB)

140lbs
1. Meryanos (CF)
2. Johnson (BC)
3. Prioleau (NC)
4. Travis (Dar)

145lbs
1. Sherman Mathis (Cam)
2. Jonathan Baker (LE)
3. Levan McMillan (LC)
4. Ray Rembert (Dre)

152lbs
1. Freddie Simmins (NC)
2. Richard Brockington (LC)
3. Rory Garnett (BC)
4. Michael Hood (Dre)

160lbs
1. Desmind Burgess (LC)
2. Chris Stiebel (CF)
3. Charles Starkes (Cam)
4. Terrance Cooper (MB)

171lbs
1. Franklin Brockington (LC)
2. Bernard Smiley (NC)
3. Leroy Bracey (Cam)
4. Logan Burgess (Newberry)

189lbs
1. Aaron Cooper (Tim)
2. Wesley McManus (BC)
3. Raymond Keith (GT)
4. Dustin Brooks (CF)

215lbs
1. Marcus Atkinson (LW)
2. Quinton Robinson (LC)
3. Keith Medlin (LE)
4. Trey Moss (WK)

275lbs
1. Blake Hudson (BC)
2. Newman Segars (LE)
3. David Schupp (MB)
4. Keith Gattison (Dar)
2A-1A Upperstate Results 2A-1A Upperstate Results


103-John Harper(Walhalla), Greg Syrkett(Emerald), Mike Richardson(Chapin), Chas Hayes(Crescent)
112-Michael Hamby(Liberty), Kevin Craig(Walhalla), Jesse Wright(Emerald),Anthony Zepeda(Woodruff)
119-Ryan McDaniel(Emerald),Dustin DeShields(Woodruff), Brandon Morgan(Buford), Jason Fowler(Liberty)
125-Carey Gambrell(Crescent), Matt Bailey(Woodruff), James Hollingsworth(Chapin), Jonathan McAlister(Emerald)
130-Tanner Brown(Crescent), Eric Faust(Chapin), Chris Anderson(Emerald), Sam Schafly(Woodruff)
135-Justin Harris(Crescent), Justin Haney(Woodruff), Matt Harrison(Pendleton), Batton Farrar(Christ Church)
140-Michael Shear(Chapin), Thomas Cummings(Walhalla), Matt Crump(Buford), Steven Webb(Palmetto)
145-Michael Phillips(Crescent), Jon Byrd(Walhalla), Nick Sugalski(Woodruff), Wren Moore(West-Oak)
152-Frank Taylor(Ninety Six), Cameron Fielding(Crescent), John Mimaurio(Woodruff), Tice Welborn(Palmetto)
160-Jim Ollis(Crescent), Brandon Lusk(Walhalla), Corey Rowland(West-Oak), Josh Moreo(Buford)
171-Brandon Brown(Crescent), Jay Freeman(Walhalla), Kyle Settle(Chapman), Mike Kennington(Buford)
189-Patrick Roeder(West-Oak), Jarred Stokes(Woodruff), Clark Brandt(Christ Church), Brennan Choate(Indian Land)
215-Jess Bowers(Walhalla), Derek Cantwell(Woodruff), Lee Duncan(West-Oak), Joe Brinson(Chapin)
275-Zach Keister(Chapin), Marquis Ruff(Ninety Six), Stuart Whitmire(Walhalla), Mike Simpson(Palmetto)

Total Place Winners

Woodruff 9
Crescent 8 -Six Champions
Walhalla 8 -Two Champions
Chapin 6 -Two Champions
Emerald 5 -One Champion
Buford 4
West-Oak 4 -One Champion
Palmetto 3
Ninety Six 2 -One Champion
Liberty 2 -One Champion
Christ Church 2
Pendleton 1
Chapman 1
Indian Land 1
The Citadel Grapplers Finish Conference Action with a Win
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The Citadel Grapplers Finish Conference Action with a Win
Greensboro, NC — The Citadel wrestlers defeated UNC-Greensboro (1-4, SoCon) by a score of 21-15. The
Bulldogs improve their record to 3-2 in the conference following a tough weekend of wrestling.
Brandon Gates (125) won 9-3 over Greensboro's Tony Stewart. Sean Markey (133) pinned his opponent Wes
Gibson in 2:54. Mike Martinez (141) beat David Johnson 14-11. Wayne Watts (149) narrowly defeated Keith Ritter
9-8. At 157-pound weight class, The Citadel's Vince Bartges lost 4-6 to Nate Parmenter.
Mike Regner (165) blanked Greensboro's Brian Mulleney 5-0. The Bulldog's Braxton Harrison (174) lost 5-9 to Ron
Williams. James Rose (184) was pinned by Terry Garbis in 4:03. Jordan Everett won his match at the 197-pound
weight class over Ryan Midgett in a thriller, 3-2. Heavyweight, Billy Linane, lost his first conference match to
Greensboro's Greg Forbes 2-8.
The Citadel will be on the road February 26, 2002 at Gardner-Webb University. Start time will be 7 pm. Also, the
Bulldogs are gearing up for the Southern Conference Championships March 9 in Raleigh, NC.
Feb 17Sun . .
Feb 18Mon . .
Feb 19Tue 20 local wrestlers make state
By Barry Byers The Herald
20 local wrestlers make state
By Barry Byers The Herald

(Published February 19‚ 2002)

Only two Herald-area wrest-lers are back this year after winning individual state championships in their weight divisions last year, but they will have plenty of company going for the gold at this year's finals in Columbia on Friday and Saturday at Carolina Coliseum in Columbia.

In Class AAAA, 14 area wrestlers advanced from the Upper State tournament held this past Saturday at Hillcrest Hill School, including Fort Mill's Andy King, who ran his two-year record to 74-0, including last year's state championship at 135 pounds.

King is at 140 this year, and Saturday was joined by teammates Craig Albers (160), Vince Santolla (215) and Rock Hill's John David Teague (135) in winning their weight classes .

The others qualifiers were: Jake Fordham (112), Josh Sabath (171), Tristan Horan (103) and Jared McCall (Hwt.) from Fort Mill; Chris Jackson (103), Roderick Wright (112), Jason Starnes (145) and Michael Grase (189) of Rock Hill and North-western's Riley Galloway (125) and Antonio Knox (119).

Chester advanced four wrestlers from the Class AAA Upper State tournament at Eastside High School. Carlos Hinton won the Upper State title at 140 pounds.

He will be joined by teammates Alex Houston (145), Michael Chisholm (189) and Chad Land (Hwt.).

York's Keith Richardson, a state champ at 125 last year, qualified with a third-place finish at 130.

Only one area Class A wres-tler advanced from West Oak High to the state tournament, Indian Land's Brennan Choate at 189.

n POINTS: Say you're tired of hearing about points in Class AAAA, especially when it comes to picking which team makes the playoffs?

According to Chris Brock, head coach at Fort Mill, team points will be counted this weekend in Columbia.

Until 1992, when Summerville beat Rock Hill in the first team state championship tournament, that's how the state championship was decided. Wrestlers were awarded advancement points, then at the end of the tournament, the team with the most points was crowned champion.

The key was to get as many wrestlers to the state finals as possible, then hope they wrestled their way into the championship round.

Regardless, the points will be counted for the coach's benefit only. Summerville won the state team title two Saturday's ago at Irmo High School.

"This is something we decided to do out of a meeting of a wrestling coaches association meeting we had,'' Brock said. "As I understand it, the South Carolina High School League will not recognize the winner. It's just something we wanted to do.''

n MA & PA BELL: Going to Hillcrest was like a family reunion for Fort Mill assistant coach Tommy Bell, who wrestled there for the Rams.

His mom and dad, Elizabeth and Bill Bell, were helping run the two main results tables. The folks over there must have thought they were traitors. Each time a Fort Mill wrestler won in the finals, the Bells were among the first to greet them with hugs.

High on the walls ringing the gym are framed jerseys and uniforms honoring Rams' stars from the past. One frame holds the singlet worn by Tommy's brother Robbie Bell, who just finished his college wrestling career at The Citadel.

"Only one singlet up there among all those jerseys,'' Bill Bell said. "From what I've been able to find out only three singlets have ever been retired. I think another was the kid from Lugoff-Elgin, Ben Connell.''

Robbie Bell left Hillcrest as one of the top wrestlers ever in South Carolina. He won four state championships between 1995 and 1998 and had 143 career wins. Bell was undefeated in 1996, with a 38-0 record.

Tommy Bell was no shabby wrestler. He had 138 wins 1993 through 1996.

n DID YOU KNOW?: David Patten, who caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady in New England's 20-17 Super Bowl win over the St. Louis Rams, is a former Lower Richland wrestler.

Patten attended Western Carolina on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1995, but was undrafted by the NFL.

"He wrestled somewhere in the middle weights during the early 90s - maybe 152 or 160,'' said Mark Buford, of sc.mat.com, a site dedicated to South Carolina wrestling. "He was a region champion, but never won a state championship. I believe the best he ever finished at the state was fifth.''

Contact Barry Byers at 329-4099 or bbyers@heraldonline.com


Battery Creek qualifies four for state
Published Sun, Feb 17, 2002
Battery Creek qualifies four for state
Published Sun, Feb 17, 2002
Staff reports
IRMO -- Battery Creek had four wrestlers qualify for the Class AAAA state championship next weekend.
Curtis Graham placed second in the 135-pound weight class at the Lower State championship at Dutch Fork High School, while the defending state champion in the 125-pound class, Adam Bessinger, placed third.


Also placing third was Alvin Simmons (112), while Zach Johnson (103) took fourth. The top four in each weight class qualified for the state championship, which will be held at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia on Friday and Saturday.
"I thought Adam, Curtis and Zach would make it in," BC coach Cary Schoener said. "Alvin was a nice surprise. I'm tickled he's in."

Feb 20Wed 1:00

Print these out and take 'em to State.

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3A State Championship Brackets .
2A-1A State Championship Brackets .
4A State Championship Brackets .
Feb 21Thu Looking for a place to stay while at the State Championships. Here is a list of some nearby hotels. .
Feb 22Fri I look forward to seeing everyone at the State Championships! Please say hello!-John Carpenter .
Projected Schedule for 4A, 3A, 2A-1A State Individual Tournament
Columbia SC @ USC Carolina Coliseum
4A, 3A, 2A-1A State Individual Tournament
Columbia SC @ USC Carolina Coliseum

Projected Schedule:
Friday -
5:00 - 6:00 pm - Weigh-ins
6:30 - Opening Ceremony
7:00 - Championship Round 1

Saturday -
9:00 - Consolation Round 1
10:30 - Championship Semi-Finals
12:00 - Consolation Semi-Finals
1:30 - Consolation Finals
4:00 - Introduction of all Top 4 Placers
4:15 - Championship Finals

Directions to USC Coliseum:
Follow I-26 until it becomes I-126 into
downtown Columbia.
Where I-126 ends, take the Elmwood Exit.
(two left lanes).
Turn right onto Assembly Street. (second
stoplight)
Travel approximately 1-2 miles and the USC
Coliseum will be on the right.

Wrestling will start Friday night and
continue with the finals being held
Saturday.














Results from Friday-2A-1A Team scores .
Results from Friday 3A Team Scores .
Results from Friday-4A Team scores .
3A Brackets from Friday .
2A Brackets from Friday .
4A Brackets from Friday .
Feb 23Sat BHP RESULTS FROM STATE FINALS .
See all the State Final Results at SCmat.com. Since Mark Buford had done such an excellent job. Click here for his complete results .
Feb 24Sun Scoreboard: State prep wrestling championships
Complete results from Saturday's prep individual state championships
Scoreboard: State prep wrestling championships
Complete results from Saturday's prep individual state championships


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From staff reports
At Columbia (Carolina Coliseum)

4A

Championship

103: Andrew Young (Summerville) dec. Zach Johnson (Battery Creek) 12-10 OT; 112: Clyde Pollack (Dutch Fork) dec. Anthony Manross (Irmo) 4-0; 119: Gerald Turner (Summerville) dec. Ryan Cloonan (Byrnes) 9-4; 125: Anthony Corwin (Fort Dorchester) dec. Mike Ellis (Dutch Fork) 6-2; 130: Mauro Bria (Hilton Head) dec. Omar Heyward (Berkeley) 3-1; 135: T.J. Selke (Dutch Fork) dec. John David Teague (Rock Hill) 10-4; 140: Andy King (Fort Mill) maj. dec. Terrell Riley (Summerville) 12-4; 145: Robbie Powell (Byrnes) dec. Chris Aponte (Hillcrest) 7-2; 152: Mike Sunkins (Hilton Head) dec. Jonathan Bragg (Summerville) 4-1; 160: Will Kuhn (Spring Valley) by forfeit over Daniel Epstein (T.L. Hanna); 171: Careef Robertson (Dutch Fork) pinned Jack Bean (Stratford) 2nd; 189: Peter Valek (Irmo) maj. dec. Aaron Lambert (Dutch Fork) 10-2; 215: Nick Leone (Dutch Fork) dec. James Breaux (Stratford) 9-2; Htw: Dustin Frye (Summerville) pin Chris Woods (Irmo) 3rd.

Consolation

103: Brandon Goen (Byrnes) dec. Chris Jackson (Rock Hill) 3-1; 112: Roderick Wright (Rock Hill) dec. Justin Nierode (Dutch Fork) 7-5; 119: Kyle Kimrey (Dutch Fork) dec. Antonio Knox (Northwestern) 5-3; 125: Cole Wilson (Byrnes) dec. Adam Bessinger (Battery Creek) 8-3; 130: Joe Wickenhofer (Summerville) dec. J.J. Davis (Byrnes) 9-7; 135: Paul Ballenger (Byrnes) dec. Curtis Graham (Battery Creek) 4-3; 140: Ryan Reedy (Lexington) dec. Abdel Nassar (Byrnes) 9-7; 145: Derik Neitz (Spring Valley) dec. Jason Starnes (Rock Hill) 9-2; 152: Randy Nazionale (Ridge View) dec. Joe Chapman (Irmo) 7-3; 160: Craig Albers (Fort Mill) dec. Sharron Gathers (Summerville) 5-4; 171: Whit Sowards (Irmo) pin Zach Bussert (Spring Valley) 2nd; 189: Jeremy Stevens (Stratford) dec. Stephen McCarley (Westside) 4-1; 215: Evan Capers (Hilton Head) pin Nick Robbins (Byrnes) 2nd; Htw.: Chris Reyes (Berkeley) dec. Tom Sustek (Westside).

3A

Championship

103: Ian Barker (North Myrtle Beach) pinned Cong Cap (Eastside) 1st; 112: Josh Caulder (Carolina Forest) dec. Aaron Holder (Riverside) 8-5; 119: John-Andrew Reese (Myrtle Beach) maj. dec. David D'Amillio (AC Flora) 15-1; 125: Terry Christmas (Eastside) dec. Shane Morris (Seneca) 5-3; 130: Jayvon Jackson (Greer) dec. Keith Richardson (York) 6-5; 135: Julius Frederick (Lugoff-Elgin) dec. Watch Brockington (Lake City) 2-1; 140: Carlos Hinton (Chester) dec. Theo Meryanos (Carolina Forest) 11-9; 145: Jonathan Baker (Lugoff-Elgin) dec. Sherman Mathis (Camden) 8-4; 152: Richard Brockington (Lake City) dec. Freddie Simmons (North Charleston) 9-5; 160: Brent Poynter (Eastside) pinned Vinson Good (Seneca) 2nd; 171: Franklin Brockington (Lake City) dec. Bernard Smiley (North Charleston) 9-5; 189: Daren Vaughn (Belton-Honea Path) dec. Tyler Harris (Riverside) 6-5; 215: Quinton Robinson (Lake City) dec. Keith Medlin (Lugoff-Elgin) 9-7; Htw.: Blake Hudson (Brookland Cayce) pinned Chad Land (Chester) 2nd.

Consolation

103: David Catoe (Lugoff-Elgin) pinned Andrew Hinson (Carolina Forest) 2nd; 112: Daniel Leader (Eastside) dec. Tre Capp (Myrtle Beach) 5-3; 119: Tony Washington (Georgetown) dec. Mike Price (North Myrtle Beach) 9-3; 125: Justin Arthur (Broome) pinned Maurice Tucker (Camden) 2nd; 130: Bryan McFadden (Lake City) dec. Danny Cotton (North Myrtle Beach) 8-2; 135: Chris Humphries (Riverside) maj. dec. Rhodes White (J.L. Mann) 12-3; 140: Matt Johnson (Brookland Cayce) dec. Tim Sexton (Pickens) 8-4; 145: Jonathan Evans (Belton-Honea Path) dec. Glenn Williams (Eastside) 4-2; 152: Matt Swilley (J.L. Mann) dec. Michael Hood (Dreher) 6-0; 160: Desmond Burgess (Lake City) dec. Patrick Reed (Greenville) 4-1; 171: Chris Blake (Pickens) pinned Robbie Cooksey (Broome) 2nd; 189: Wesley McManus (Brookland Cayce) dec. Michael Chisholm (Chester) 7-2; 215: Marcus Atkinson (Lakewood) dec. Antonio Flemings (Blue Ridge) 4-3; Htw.:Clay Shirley (Belton-Honea Path) dec. Matt Rochester (Seneca) 9-4.

2A-1A

Championship

103: Rocky Phillips (Loris) dec. John Harper (Walhalla) 6-4; 112: Donte Issac (Cheraw) pinned Dave Michaud (Chesterfield); 119: Maurice Eazel (Swansea) dec. Brandon Rayfield (Chesterfield) 9-8; 125: Jose Bordallo (Bishop England) dec. Carey Gambll (Crescent) 10-3; 130: Marcus Canipe (Chesterfield) dec. Solon Staley (Swansea) 8-1; 135: Eric Gause (Loris) dec. Justin Harris (Crescent) 10-7; 140: Scott Canipe (Chesterfield) dec. Marcellus Darby (Edisto) 8-6; 145: Michael Phillips (Crescent) dec. Will Gainey (Chesterfield) 9-2; 152: Trevon Fordham (Hanahan) pinned Sammy Robinson (Cheraw); 160: Jim Ollis (Crescent) by default Jermaine Harrington (Cheraw); 171: Darius Caldwell (Swansea) maj. dec. Jeff Mixon (Edisto) 16-6; 189: Troy Canipe (Chesterfield) dec. Will Singleton (Swansea) 1-0; 215: Jess Bowers (Walhalla) tech. fall Steven Windham (Swansea) 18-3 ; 275: Matt Briggman (Swansea) pinned Stuart Whitmire (Walhalla).

Consolation

103: Jay Gainey (Chesterfield) dec. Mike Richardson (Chapin) 6-5; 112: Brett Bendt (Bishop England) dec. Jesse Wright (Emerald) 7-5; 119: Chad Dyson (Aynor) dec. Brandon Morgan (Buford) 12-5; 125: David Tucker (Cheraw) dec. Matt Bailey (Woodruff) 11-6; 130: Tanner Brown (Crescent) maj. dec. Brandon Wright (Loris) 10-0; 135: Charles Bugarin (Bishop England) dec. Justin Haney (Woodruff) 9-7; 140: Thomas Cummings (Walhalla) dec. Justin Bush (Bishop England) 6-1; 145: Jonathan Brown (Swansea) pin Henry Dyson (Loris); 152: Cameron Fielding (Crescent) pin Leighton Hegler (North Central); 160: Rico Lewis (Loris) dec. Corey Rowland (West Oak) 9-2; 171: Jay Freeman (Walhalla) dec. McKenzie Johnson (Loris) 3-1; 189: Patrick Roeder (West Oak) pinned Charles Burbage (Hanahan); 215: Joe Brinson (Chapin) dec. Derek Cantwell (Woodruff) 3-2; 275: Zach Keister (Chapin) dec. Jonathan Oxandaboure (North Central) 10-7
Fighter on and off the mat
By Barry Byers The Herald
Fort Mill wrestler Andy King definitely has his own style and way of doing things. He dyes his hair blonde, has a tribal art tattoo on his arms and two lightning bolt tattoos on his back. He follows a certain pre-match ritual every time he wrestles. No one can argue with the results. King hasn't lost a match in two seasons at For tMill and is 109-1 in his prep career. He is going for his second state title this weekend, this one at 140 pounds, at the Class AAA individual tournament in Columbia.

Fighter on and off the mat
By Barry Byers The Herald

(Published February 22‚ 2002)

FORT MILL - The routine is always the same.

Thirty to 40 minutes before Andy King steps on the wrestling mat for the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets, the pacing begins.

King clenches his fists, shakes his arms like he's trying to slide something from his shoulders to the tips of his fingers and takes off walking - oblivious to everyone around him.

He'll disappear through a set of doors on one end of the gym, then minutes later he'll walk through a set on the other end. It's his way of preparing, a ritual he uses to rid himself of any demons that might cost him a match.

"I do it to clear my head, to block out anything that might make me lose my concentration,'' King said. "It loosens me up, gets me ready. I walk a lot, but I never get tired. I'm in pretty good shape.

"Wrestling is the greatest sport there is. It's a team sport, but I like the individual part. There is no other sport where you get to test your ability against someone the same size.''

King has tested himself often, on and off the mat. On the mat, he's been all but unbeatable.

King has been a varsity wrestler for three years, starting at East Henderson High School in Hendersonville, N.C., as a freshman. He went 35-1 on his way to a state championship.

He says he can't remember the kid who beat him.

Last year, King went 34-0 after a two-year layoff and won another state championship wrestling at 135 pounds for Fort Mill. He moved up to 140 this year and heads into this weekend's state individuals tournament in Columbia at Carolina Coliseum at 40-0.

He's 109-1 for his career.

He's won the battles off the mat, too.

After King's freshman year, a series of family problems beyond his control almost ended his wrestling career. There were several family moves, and King missed nearly a year-and-a-half of school.

When he moved in with his grandparents - J.C. and Mary Massey in Fort Mill - King was given the opportunity to turn things around.

He met Chris Brock, who had just been hired to coach the wrestling team, in the summer of 2000. The two talked about what had to be done for King to get back on the mat.

"He had missed so much school, I told him the first thing he had to do was go to class and get his grades in order so he would be eligible the second semester,'' Brock said. "He did everything I asked. He joined the team in January and in his first event won a championship and the MVP in the Bearcat Invitational tournament.

"I wasn't surprised. I've had some good kids, but I don't know if I've ever had a wrestler that loves the sport as much as him. Wrestling is his life. It's given him the opportunity to be exposed to things he might not have ever seen. And because of wrestling, he's on track to graduate. Two years ago, nobody would have thought that would happen.''

King was an instant hit with his coaches, teammates and fans. He showed up with his hair dyed yellow and a tribal tattoo on his right shoulder. He has since added a tribal tattoo on his left arm and lightning bolts across his back.

King was treated like a rock star last year. Fans would show up to watch him wrestle, then walk out when he was done. That bothered King, who is very protective of his teammates.

"That's not happening this year, and I'm glad it's not,'' said King, shy and soft-spoken off the mat. "I like the fame, but the other guys on the team work just as hard as I do. They need support, too. This is a very close team, and coming here is the best thing that ever happened to me.''

The fame grew.

King was featured in "Sport Illustrated's" Faces in the Crowd section, and the wins continued to come.

However, there was a down side last season. Only a junior academically, King was recognized as a senior athletically. He thought his wrestling career had ended.

Brock filed a hardship case with the South Carolina High School League requesting that King be granted another year. The basis of the appeal was that King had faced hardships beyond his control.

The process required Brock to get letters from people detailing why King should be given an extra year. They were reviewed by the league's appeals board, and Brock was allowed to express his feelings in front of the group. The hardship was granted.

"I can't tell you in words how what Coach Brock and those other people did makes me feel,'' King said. "My life centers around wrestling. I started when I was in the sixth grade, and the two years I was away from it were two of the toughest of my life, especially with the other things that were going on. When I'm not wrestling or hanging with my friends, I'm in the weight room.

"Two years ago, I was ready to quit school and get a job. Coach Brock offered to help me get straightened out in school. He gave me a chance to wrestle again. If they would have said I couldn't wrestle this year, I would have come back to school. I want to graduate. But I'm getting to wrestle, and my goal is to wrestle in college. The last two years have changed my life.''

King has become a target this year, on and off the mat. Opposing wrestlers want to knock him off his throne. Brock said he's overheard people saying King is 20 years old and shouldn't be allowed to wrestle. King turned 18 just before school started.

So now it's off to Columbia, where King will try to win another Class AAAA state championship. He will be the center of attention, as he always is. That's expected of someone with a 109-1 record, and his teammates love it.

"It doesn't bother the rest of us at all, the attention Andy gets,'' said Craig Albers, who will wrestle for a state championship at 160 pounds. "When people come to see Andy wrestle, it helps the rest of us get recognized.

"He is our leader. He gets out here every day and works his butt off. When we see him doing that, we follow his lead. We respect Andy. In him, we see what it takes to be a state champion. We want to work hard to get to where he is.''

Contact Barry Byers at 329-4099 or bbyersTristan Horan, 103; Jake Fordham, 112; Andy King, 140; Craig Albers, 160; Josh Sabath, 171; Vince Santolla, 215; Jared McCall, Hwt.

Rock Hill: Chris Jackson, 103; Roderick Wright, 112; John David Teague, 135; Jason Starnes, 145; Michael Grase.

Northwestern: Antonio Knox, 119; Riley Galloway, 125

Class AAA

Chester: Carlos Hinton, 140; Alex Houston, 145; Michael Chisholm, 189; Chad Land, Hwt.

York: Keith Richardson, 130.

Class A

Indian Land: Brennan Choate, 189.

Dutch Fork avenges loss
By GERALD DAVIS
Staff Writer

Posted on Sun, Feb. 24, 2002

Dutch Fork avenges loss
By GERALD DAVIS
Staff Writer

There was an unofficial score kept during this weekend's S.C. State Individual Wrestling Championships at the Carolina Coliseum. The state team champions were determined two weeks ago in duals competition. But the S.C. Wrestling Coaches Association decided to keep team scores for fun, and Dutch Fork, which lost to Summerville in the Class AAAA title match, was out to win Saturday.

The Silver Foxes walked away with four gold medals, the most by any Class AAAA team. Their unofficial score for the two-day tournament was 132.5 points, nine more than Summerville.

"We came in here wanting redemption," said Dutch Fork junior T.J. Selke, who defeated Rock Hill's John Teague 10-4 to win the 135-pound title. "We wanted to redeem ourselves in our coach's (B.D. LaPrad) eyes."

Dutch Fork and Summerville both had nine wrestlers qualify for the tournament, but Byrnes had the most with 10. The Silver Foxes had six wrestlers advance to the championship round, the most by any school in Class AAAA.

Dutch Fork's Clyde Pollock, who finished third in the 112-pound class a season ago, defeated Irmo's Anthony Manross in a close match to win the gold. Pollock got a takedown and wrapped up Manross' legs for two points in the closing moments of the match for a 4-0 decision.

"I knew it was going to be tough because he's a good competitor," Pollock said. "When you wrestle him, you've got to shoot whenever you see an opening. He doesn't give you many."

Dutch Fork's Nick Leone beat Stratford's James Breaux 9-2 at 215. Irmo's Parker Valek defeated Dutch Fork's Aaron Lambert for the 189 crown.

Summerville came away with three gold medals. Dustin Frye, who signed a football scholarship with Clemson, said the Green Wave wanted to score more points than the Silver Foxes to prove a point.

"We won the trophy that counts," said Frye, who pinned Irmo's Chris Woods to win his second straight 275 title. "We wanted win the team points today just to keep them from saying, they won."

Summerville's Andrew Young edged Battery Creek's Zach Johnson 12-10 in overtime in the 103-pound class. The Green Wave also got a victory from Gerald Turner, who outpointed Byrnes' Ryan Cloonan at 119.

Fort Mill's Andy King won his third consecutive state title by beating Summerville's Terrell Riley 12-4 at 140. The eight-point victory was King's closest match in the tournament.

He wasn't the only wrestler to repeat as champion. Byrnes' Robbie Powell, who won gold at 140 last season, defeated Hillcrest's Christian Aponte in the 145-pound class. Dutch Fork's Careef Robertson, who won at 160 last season, pinned Stratford's Jack Bean in the final seconds of the 171-pound title match.

Robertson, who had a sizable 10-3 lead, finished the tournament with three wins by virtue of a pin.

"I was just on a roll," the senior said. "I kept attacking because that's what our coach tells us to do. It's my senior year, it's all or nothing out there on the mat."

Mauro Bria of Hilton Head won the gold in the 130-pound class, and teammate Mike Sunkins defeated Summerville's Jonathan Bragg at 152. Spring Valley's Will Kuhn won the 160 class by forfeit when his opponent was injured in a consolation match.

Swansea maintains dominance
By RON AIKEN
Staff Writer

Swansea maintains dominance
By RON AIKEN
Staff Writer

Two weeks ago at the dual wrestling championships, Swansea made a triumphant return to the pinnacle of Class AA/A wrestling with its 10th state title in the sport.

Saturday at the Carolina Coliseum, coach Chad Meredith watched his Tigers again dominate the field, placing six wrestlers in the finals and taking three state titles.

Senior Matt Briggman (275 pounds) and junior Darius Caldwell (171 pounds) claimed their second consecutive titles, and senior Maurice Eazel (119) broke through for his first championship after losing in the final last season.

"This means the most to these seniors," said Meredith, whose Tigers won the unofficial overall team championship over Chesterfield, 129.5-125.5.

"They wanted to come in and show everyone how strong we were as a group all across the board, and that they were able to do that is a credit to the hard work they've put in for four years."

Of the title winners, Eazel's match easily was the most dramatic.

Facing Chesterfield's Brandon Rayfield, Eazel trailed 4-2 after the first period, 7-4 after the second, and with 10 seconds remaining in the final period, Eazel was down 8-7. That's when, on a re-start, he shot under Rayfield's grasp, grabbed his legs and forced a deciding two-point takedown as time expired.

"Last year, I lost to a guy I beat twice in the regular season, and I beat Brandon twice this season," Eazel said. "All of a sudden I started thinking, 'Oh no, it's going to happen again.'

"But I used that for motivation and pushed through. This feeling totally makes up for last year."

Meredith was happy for Eazel, though he'd rather the victory had come a little earlier in the match.

"I won't be around very long watching matches such as that," Meredith said. "That was a heart-attack special."

Fortunately for Meredith's cardiologist, Briggman and Caldwell took care of business with little delay. In fact, Briggman's match was one of the shortest of the day, as he pinned Walhalla's Stuart Whitmire in 59 seconds.

"I didn't want to waste any time," said Briggman, who will attend S.C. State this fall on a football scholarship. "Once I lost to (Brookland-Cayce's two-time Class AAA champion) Blake Hudson earlier in the year, I could relax because I didn't have to worry about an undefeated season anymore, and I also knew I didn't want to lose anymore."

Now Meredith is concerned about losses of another kind.

"I don't want to think about next year with the guys we're losing," Meredith joked. "But they can leave knowing they left on top. We won duals, we won individual titles and we won the overall team point title.

"That's a pretty fair accomplishment, and I'm extremely proud of all of them."
Fort Mill's King wins both on, off mat
By GERALD DAVIS
Staff Writer

Fort Mill's King wins both on, off mat
By GERALD DAVIS
Staff Writer

Fort Mill's Andy King is a champion -- in sport and in life.

His story is one of tragedy and triumph: a kid, because of circumstances beyond his control, forced to be a man.

On Saturday, he capped a remarkable high school career with his third individual state wrestling championship. He finished with an improbable 112 wins during his career against a lone loss during his freshman season.

Two years ago, King wasn't enrolled in school. He was a dropout and lost.

"I was headed someplace bad," he said. "I was just stupid."

A car struck his mother, Vickie, when King was in the fifth grade in Fort Mill. Injuries to Andy's mom left her unable to care for herself. So, Lee King, Andy's father, took custody of Andy and his older brother, Tripp, and moved them from Fort Mill to Hendersonville, N.C.

That's where Andy won his first state championship at East Henderson High in the 103-pound weight division.

Then things took a turn for the worse.

Andy and Tripp returned to Fort Mill and Andy attended Fort Mill High for five weeks before he dropped out.

"He was just moving around for about a year and a half," said Fort Mill assistant wrestling coach Tommy Bell. "He was lost."

A coincidental meeting with Fort Mill coach Chris Brock changed the direction of King's life.

A DRIFTER

King didn't look good when he walked into Rock Hill's Sullivan Middle School gymnasium in the summer of 2000. He was there because of wrestling. Brock, then the Rock Hill Wrestling Club coach, was inside coaching freestyle.

"He looked like a lost soul," said Brock. "He was almost ghostlike with his demeanor. He really didn't look good at all."

King said that he "was going in (the Sullivan gym) just to roll around a little bit."

He got more out of the visit than a couple of sessions on the mat. Brock was about to take over the Fort Mill program. He knew of King's past and that the troubled teen wasn't enrolled in school.

"He said he wanted to wrestle again," Brock said. "I told him that he needed to straighten a few things out first."

Brock got King enrolled into summer school at Fort Mill.

"The main thing was getting him into an environment that's positive," Brock said. "One thing that was missing in Andy's life was structure. He needed that."

King, who lives with his mother and maternal grandparents, J.C. and Mary Massey, said he doesn't like to think of where he would be if he had not met Brock in that gym.

"I can't really explain to you what I was thinking at that time," King said. "I was out of wrestling and I wasn't focused. I was kind of bouncing from place to place."

Because of wrestling King's life took a turn for the better.

"I wanted to be eligible to wrestle," he said. "Wrestling is my life."

A FITTING END

There wasn't a wrestler in the state who could beat King last season. He compiled a 34-0 recorden route to the 135-pound title. King thought his high school wrestling eligibility had expired when he received that gold medal.

Instead, Brock applied with the S.C. High School League for a hardship year of eligibility.

"It was a long process, longer than I thought it would be," Brock said. "I just knew that Andy's circumstances warrant opportunity, hope for a hardship. If he didn't qualify, then who would?"

Brock looked in his SCHSL book and found the steps needed to apply for the hardship. It required him to submit seven letters of support from teachers, administrators and coaches. The SCHSL executive committee granted King the extra year.

"The amount of support he got from the Fort Mill family was incredible," Bell said. "So many teachers sacrificed extra time to help him learn."

On the mat, King moved up in weight class to 140 pounds, and the results remained the same.

He took a 40-0 record into Saturday's state final. He pinned Mauldin's Kevin Smith 58 seconds into the second period to move into the title match, where he faced Summerville's Terrell Riley.

King beat Riley twice during the regular season. His third win over Riley was by a major decision (12-4).

Afterward, he showed little emotion -- a smile followed by a few handshakes -- while accepting his gold medal.

Brock, perhaps thinking of their coincidental meeting a year ago, greeted him with a hug.

"What a remarkable story," said Brock. "Coming from where he was to be here. '.'.'. This is just a story of a kid who was saved."

Lake City brothers clean up
By CHRIS DEARING
Special Correspondent

Posted on Sun, Feb. 24, 2002

Lake City brothers clean up
By CHRIS DEARING
Special Correspondent

The Brockington family of Lake City was well represented in the S.C. State Individual Wrestling Championships on Saturday at the Carolina Coliseum.

Brothers Watch, Richard and Franklin Brockington all won Class AAA championships to help Lake City win the overall team competition after a disappointing loss in the semifinals of the dual championships two weeks ago.

"We sulked for two days after losing as a team, and then when we came back in on Monday, they had the attitude they had something to go out and prove," Lake City coach Mark Tillotson said. "They knew they still could get something special and they came here and did it."

Lake City had four winners total 109 points in an unofficial team competition. Quinton Robinson won the 215-pound title for the Panthers.

The three brothers have been wrestling since the seventh grade. The reason they began wrestling was Franklin, the heaviest of the three at 171 pounds, was cut from the junior-varsity basketball team, so he tried his hand at wrestling.

His brothers followed, and with two of the three being seniors, they capped their seasons like no other family in the history of wrestling in this state, with gold medals hanging around their necks.

"After I got cut from basketball, I wanted to try a new sport real fast," Franklin said. "After that first year, Watch decided to come out and Richard came out after that. We're on cloud nine right now. This is definitely the best way we could've ended the season."

The biggest reason for their success might be the chance to wrestle around the clock because they always have somebody to compete with. After Tillotson puts them through a rigorous practice, the three go home and wrestle and run and pretty much give their parents headaches. .

"We go in the yard and just work on taking each other down," Watch said. "We practice after practice. Coach works us hard, but we know if we want to get better we have to practice all the time. We wrestle all year long. Running, exercising, we're always doing something."

Watch and Franklin have competed in the state finals before and came up short, and Richard, a junior and the youngest, made the most of his first opportunity.

Watch, the lightest of the three at 135 pounds, finally broke through for a state championship in his fourth try. He finished second last year and had two previous third places. Watch defeated Lugoff-Elgin's Julius Fredrick 8-1 in the final.

Franklin, a state qualifier the past two seasons, defeated Bernard Smiley of North Charleston 9-5. Richard won the 152-pound class over North Charleston's Freddie Simmons by the same score.

"The three of them have meant everything to our program," Tillotson said. "They've been together for about six years and they are leaders for our whole team."

Richard wants to get one up on his brothers. His immediate goal is to come back next season and win again. And his brothers said they'd have no problem helping him reach that goal.

"I'll make sure they come back and help," Richard said. "We're brothers but we're also best friends. I don't think they'll like me beating them but they will do anything to help me."

BC ninth at state in wrestling
Published Sun, Feb 24, 2002
By MARK PIRAS
Gazette sports writer
BC ninth at state in wrestling
Published Sun, Feb 24, 2002
By MARK PIRAS
Gazette sports writer
COLUMBIA -- Four Battery Creek wrestlers tried their hand at winning a state championship in their respective weight classes this weekend and all four came away empty-handed, despite having a defending state champion in the bunch.
Freshman 103-pounder Zach Johnson came the closest, the only Dolphin to make it to the championship finals match Saturday at the Carolina Coliseum, But Johnson lost in overtime to burgeoning rival Andrew Young, who was ranked No. 1 in the state and only lost one match the entire season.


"I've lost some pretty close matches that I shouldn't ever have been behind in the first place," Johnson said. "I've been behind him four times and he just wrestled great. I didn't want to lose to somebody who didn't deserve to be in the finals, but he definitely deserved it."
Young has now beaten Johnson four times this season, but none of the matches were as dramatic as the latest battle. With 30 seconds left in the match, and Johnson down by five points, his coach started screaming for Johnson to use a reverse headlock move that Johnson never uses and rarely even practices.

Johnson, realizing he had nothing to lose, tried it, and turned a 10-5 match into a 10-10 tie as time expired.

"I was real surprised to see him throw it," BCHS coach Cary Schoener said. "It's not something he tries a whole lot in the wrestling room, but when we make him drill it, he does it. When he tried it, I was shocked that he actually tried it. And then when he catches it, I was ecstatic knowing we'd be going into overtime. Plus, a lot times when you have a momentum shift like that, sometimes that works to whoever has got the momentum going."

"I just tried something new," Johnson said. "I was just trying not to get pinned. I didn't even think about it, it was just instinct and I did it."

"I started to slack off because I saw the time and then he stepped it up and caught me," Young said. "You've got to give him credit. He never stopped wrestling from the beginning to end."

Schoener said the fact that Johnson not only attempted the move, but also landed it, absolutely stunned him.

"(Young) doesn't get out of position at all," Schoener said. "In fact, when (Johnson) caught him with that, that was the first time I've seen him get out of position all year."

The second-place finish helped assuage the Dolphin pain after seeing Adam Bessinger lose by one point in a match he seemly had control of as the referee stopped the match with eight second left.

Bessinger, who was applying a cross-face hold against Dutch Fork's Mike Ellis, was trailing 9-8 at the time, but needed merely to convert his patented flip in the final eight seconds to guarantee mat points and the certain win.

The referee, however, ruled that the hold was an illegal choke hold and ended the match with the final seconds left unticked.

"It's a big disappointment. He definitely wanted to come in here and make the finals and win this thing," Schoener said. "Every coach in this arena has come up to me and told me, 'He got hosed on that call, there's no question about it, he should be in the finals.' At the same time, if he'd had the lead at the end, we would have never gotten to that point."

Bessinger, who surprised nearly everyone but himself by winning last year's 125-pound state title, was visibly disappointed -- his final match (a loss to Byrnes' Cole Wilson) showcased very little of his wrestling luster.

"I guess you could say it was an off-day,' Bessinger said. "I should have won that one and there wasn't anything we could do about it. I guess you could say that was my deciding match. I mean, I wanted to win this (final) one, but I guess it just upset me. If you can't have first ... well, I came here to get first."

"I just think, mentally, he was just drained from not being in the finals," Schoener said. "To give you an example of the kind of character he has, though, about 15 minutes after he lost that match he came up to me. He knew he should have won that match and all he said was, 'Coach, at least we've still got one guy in the finals.' Now for a senior knowing he wants to be in the finals to say something like that -- that's just great character."

Also finishing in fourth was 135-pounder Curtis Graham, who finished fourth in his weight class last year and lost both his tournament matches to the same opponent -- Byrnes' Paul Ballenger.

"It was kind of a disappointment for me," Graham said. "I didn't expect to come in fourth. I was kind of upset after what happened (Friday) night."

"(Friday) night was the big disappointment -- when he lost," Schoener said. "That might have set the tone for (Saturday), I don't know. He came back and wrestled two great matches -- beat the James Island kid soundly and then beat the Piper kid from Hilton Head again."

But then came the rematch with Ballenger and, from Schoener's vantage point at least, the match and outcome were quite similar.

"It was almost an identical match," Schoener said. "He struggled because he wasn't hitting anything offensively and this is a sport where if you're not offensive, you're not going to win."

The other Dolphin wrestler in the tournament was a freshman nobody would have guessed would be there -- especially at the beginning of the season when Alvin Simmons had never wrestled in his life.

The key for Simmons, though, was a dedicated work ethic and an instant love for the sport, Schoener said.

"He's beating guys now that he wasn't beating at the beginning of the year," Schoener said. "He's dedicated and ready to get better for next year. He loves it."

Simmons nearly made it to the consolation finals with his teammates, too, as time expired with Simmons still trying to land a scoring move down 5-4 against Hilton Head's Justin Nierode.

"He won his first match this morning and that got him in the consolation semis," Schoener said. "Then he had to wrestle that Nierode kid who just pounded him last time and he wrestled him to 5-4 in a great match. We actually almost won that because he hit a Peterson at the end, and normally with a Peterson you get back points. But that Nierode kid just sucked it up, fought his arm through and was able to not give up and back points. That's why it ended up being 5-4 instead of 7-5 for us. I wasn't disappointed in him at all."

The finishes moved Battery Creek into ninth place in the state team finals, two slots higher than when the tournament began.

"I think coming in we were ranked 11, so to finish ninth is two better than they expected us to do," Schoener said. "I'm pleased with that, but overall -- no. We'd definitely have liked for some higher finishes. We definitely wanted Curtis and Adam in the finals, but having four guys here is not what I expected at the beginning of the year, so I'm happy with that."

Semi-finals

Zach Johnson (BCHS) pinned Brad Robinson (Spring Valley), 1:32, 1st; Mike Ellis (Dutch Fork) def. Adam Bessinger (BCHS), 9-8.

Consolation semi-finals

Justin Nierode (Hilton Head) def. Alvin Simmons (BCHS), 6-4; Bessinger pinned Riley Galloway (Northwestern), 1:15, 2nd; Curtis Graham (BCHS) def. Alex Piper (Hilton Head), 3-2.

Consolation Finals

Cole Wilson (Byrnes) def. Bessinger, 8-3; Paul Ballenger (Byrnes) def. Graham, 4-3.

Finals

Andrew Young (Summerville) def. Johnson, 12-10, OT.

BATTERY CREEK FINISHERS

103 - Zach Johnson, 2nd.

112 - Alvin Johnson, lost in consolation

semi-finals.

125 - Adam Bessinger, 4th.

135 - Curtis Graham, 4th.

Patriots' Corwin pulls upset for wrestling title


Sunday, February 24, 2002
BY JOHN DEVLIN
Special to The Post and Courier

Patriots' Corwin pulls upset for wrestling title


Sunday, February 24, 2002
BY JOHN DEVLIN
Special to The Post and Courier



COLUMBIA-For someone with only one loss entering a championship match, Fort Dorchester's Anthony Corwin was afforded little chance of winning a gold medal Saturday at the Class AAAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Carolina Coliseum.
But the 125-pound Patriots senior scored the biggest triumph of his career in his final outing, upsetting top-ranked Mike Ellis of Dutch Fork, 6-2. Ellis, who won a title last year at 119 pounds and was ranked No.1 at 125 all season, defeated Corwin 7-2 in the Lower State championship match the week before.
"The one thing I knew I had to do different was to not give up back points like I did last week," said Corwin.
"I was nervous and too tentative, but I figured I'd just go out and be as aggressive as I could be this time. I thought I had a chance if I could hold my own on my feet."
Corwin put the pressure on Ellis, a senior who placed at state four times and had a lot more to lose, courtesy of a second period escape and a take down for a 3-0 lead. Ellis opened the third with a reverse, and then let Corwin escape for obvious reasons. "He was looking to do to me what he did last week - take me down and put me on my back," said Corwin.
Instead, Corwin beat the Silver Foxes star to the punch, taking him down with 45 seconds left to seal the deal.
"Anthony told me he wasn't going to leave here without a gold medal, and darned if he didn't do it," Fort Dorchester head coach Bernard Parker said.
"We knew Ellis was be tough, but I felt he had a chance if he wrestled more aggressively and made no mistakes."
In the other major Lowcountry highlight, Summerville heavyweight Dustin Fry completed a great career by pinning Irmo's Chris Woods at 4:54 for his second straight title. He closed with an 18-0 season record.
"Once Dustin learned about leverage and patience last year, he became an outstanding heavyweight," said Summerville coach Kenny Walker.
"The light came on at the state meet last year; before that I was getting beat by making stupid moves," said Fry, who has signed to play football at Clemson.
The biggest challenge this season for the Green Wave heavy was making weight. "I was 305 pounds at the end of football, and, yeah, I was concerned about losing 30 pounds to be able to wrestle," he said.
"But once I made it, I was confident I could win again."
Summerville teammates Andrew Young (103) and Gerald Turner (119) also won state championships.
In Class AA-A Bishop England's Jose Bordallo and Hanahan's Trevon Fordham claimed championships. Bordallo credited his off-season work in the boxing ring for his wrestling success this year. He defeated Carey Campbell of Crescent 10-3 in the 125 finale. Fordham added one last medal to his career collection, pinning Sammy Robinson of Cheraw at 152. Fordham placed second at 152 last year, and was third at 135 as a sophomore.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

LOWCOUNTRY RESULTS

CLASS AAAA
103-Andrew Young (Summerville) dec. Zach Johnson (Battery Creek) 12-10 (OT); 119-Gerald Turner (Summerville) dec. Ryan Cloonan (Byrnes) 9-4; 125- Anthony Corwin (Fort Dorchester) dec. Mike Ellis (Dutch Fork) 6-2; 130-Mauro Bria (Hilton Head) dec. Omar Heyward (Berkeley) 3-1; 140-Andy King (Fort Mill) dec. Terrell Riley Summerville) 12-4; 152-Mike Sunkins (Hilton Head) dec. Jonathan Bragg (Summerville) 3-1; 171-Careef Robertson (Dutch Fork) pin. Jack Bean (Stratford) 3:59; 215-Nick Leone (Dutch Fork) dec. James Breaux (Stratford) 9-2; 275-Dustin Frye (Summerville) pin. Chris Woods (Irmo) 4:54.
CLASS AAA
152-Richard Brockington (Lake City) dec. Freddie Simmons (North Charleston) 9-5; 171-Franklin Brockington (Lake City) dec. Bernard Smiley (North Charleston) 9-5.
CLASS AA-A
125-Jose Bordallo (Bishop England) dec. Carey Gambrell (Crescent) 10-3; 152-Trevon Fordham (Hanahan) pinned Sammy Robinson (Cheraw) 5:14.

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Eastside's Poynter wraps up second state title
By Bob Castello
STAFF WRITER
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Eastside's Poynter wraps up second state title
By Bob Castello
STAFF WRITER
bcastell@greenvillenews.com

COLUMBIA -- Brent Poynter punctuated a splendid season by repeating as state champion Saturday.

Poynter, an Eastside senior, won the Class AAA 160-pound title during the state tournament at Carolina Coliseum, one year after claiming the 152-pound crown.

Poynter was one of three Greenville County champions, joining teammate Terry Christmas and Greer's Jayvon Jackson.

Poynter improved to 49-0 by pinning Seneca's Vinson Good in the second period of the final.

"It's kind of tough to lose him," Eastside coach Jack Kosmicki said. "We'll have to build another one, but I don't know if there's a blueprint on him."

"I try to set all the goals and knock them down one at a time," Poynter said. "You're not going to get them all down unless you concentrate on them one match at a time."

Christmas, a senior 125-pounder, beat all the wrestlers who qualified for state in his weight class at least once as both a sophomore and junior.

"Then he just had bad Upper State tournaments," Kosmicki said. "He choked. He'd be the first to tell you that."

This season, the day before Eastside won the Class AAA team title, Christmas separated the ball joint in his left shoulder.

"I was still going to wrestle," he said. "It's just that I wasn't 100 percent. You've just got to work through the pain."

Christmas (45-2) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Seneca's Shane Morris 5-3 in the final.

"To get that monkey off his back, to get through that shoulder injury, to come from three down in the finals," Kosmicki said, "it really shows you that somebody who sticks with it, believes in himself, is patient and doesn't give up can make great things happen."

Jackson, Greer's junior 130-pounder, gave up three back points in the closing seconds but held on for a 6-5 win over York's Keith Richardson.

"One point or 20 points, it doesn't matter. A win's a win," said Greer coach Chad Nelson. "He wrestled his tail off this year. He started out the season with one goal in mind, and he accomplished it."

Perhaps because he had been contemplating the title, Jackson (30-4) was ready to react.

"I'm going to Disneyland," he said, still breathing heavily but smiling all the while.
HHH's Bria, Sunkins claim Class 4-A state titles
Capers, Nierode place in top four
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published Sunday, February 24th, 2002

HHH's Bria, Sunkins claim Class 4-A state titles
Capers, Nierode place in top four
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published Sunday, February 24th, 2002

The Hilton Head High School wrestling team capped what was perhaps its most successful season ever with its first two Class 4-A individual championships at the state meet Saturday at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia.

Senior Mauro Bria and Mike Sunkins won titles in the 130-pound and 152-pound weight classes, respectively. Also placing were Evans Capers (third at 215), Justin Nierode (fourth at 112).

The Seahawks' best-ever showing in a Class 4-A meet came a week after a lackluster performance at the Lower State, where seven wrestlers qualified for the state but only Nierode advanced to the finals.

"To tell you the truth, I'm not surprised by what we did today," said Seahawk coach John Hollman. "I didn't expect to have the bad weekend last week, and I know we're better than that. The kids rebounded well."

Bria topped Omar Heyward 3-1 in the finals, avenging an 8-6 loss to the Berkeley wrestler in the Lower State semifinals.

"I knew I was going to see him in the final," said Bria, who is 46-6 this season with appearances in the North-South All-Star match and the high school nationals still to go. "It just came down to one match. I win, and I'm going to be a state champion. What better way to avenge myself than to beat the kid who beat me."

While Bria gave his finals opponent a bit of comeuppance, Sunkins defeated a wrestler he had mastered before.

Sunkins won 4-1 over Summerville's Jonathan Bragg, whom the Seahawk senior also defeated in the final regular-season match and in the Region 6-AAAA finals. The latter victory made Sunkins the school's all-time victory leader. He now has 135 career wins and is 50-4 this season. Like Bria, Sunkins will also appear in the North-South match and in the nationals.

Sunkins scored a reversal on Bragg in the second period to go ahead 2-0. After allowing an escape in the final period, he took down his Green Wave foe with about 50 second remaining and rode out the victory.

"It was the longest 50 seconds you can imagine," Sunkins said. "You're out there and it's like where's the time? You're thinking, 'C'mon. Let's get it over with.' "

Sunkins began the season as the state's top-ranked 152 pounder and opened with 23 straight wins. But even after several tough defeats and a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Lower State saw him slip to No. 3 in the state, Sunkins never doubted he would wear gold on Saturday.

"At no time did I doubt," he said. "Every time I'd close my eyes or dream, all I could see was myself in finals with my hand being raised. ... This is like a book or something."

Hollman said Saturday's showing bodes well for the Seahawks' program.

Although the Seahawks won more matches last season when they finished 26-9, they had a better winning percentage this year, at 19-4. The Seahawks also qualified half their starters for the state meet after sending four last year and captured four place-finishes after just two third-place finishes a year ago.

Every Seahawk who went to state won at least one match, and the team was 14-9.

"The one thing I'm happy with is that we're constantly making progress," Hollman said. "If you don't continue to get better, you're just treading water, and I refuse to just sit in the pool and float around. ... We had a good tournament, but we are by no means the best team out there. We're going to make an effort to be the best team."
Loris duo among five in area to win crowns
From staff, wire reports

Posted on Sun, Feb. 24, 2002

Loris duo among five in area to win crowns
From staff, wire reports

COLUMBIA — Loris' Rocky Phillips and Eric Gause were two of five area wrestlers to capture individual state championships on Saturday at Carolina Coliseum.
Phillips won the Class AA/A 103-pound title with a 6-4 decision over John Harper of Walhalla. Gause earned the 135-pound crown with a 10-7 decision over John Harris of Crescent.

North Myrtle Beach's Ian Barker, Carolina Forest's Josh Caulder and Myrtle Beach's John Andrew Reese won state championships in Class AAA.

Barker pinned Cong Cap of Eastside at 103 pounds, Caulder topped Riverside's Aaron Holder 8-5 at 112 and Reese posted a 15-1 major decision over David D'Amillio of A.C. Flora at 119.

Carolina Forest's Theo Meryanos was a state runner-up at 140 pounds.


Georgetown's Tony Washington, Aynor's Chad Dyson and Loris' Rico Lewis each won consolation finals. Washington won at 119 pounds in Class AAA, while Dyson won at 119 in Class AA and Lewis won at 160.

Byrnes' Powell captures another wrestling title
Byrnes' Powell captures another wrestling title
Ten minutes after winning his second consecutive 4A state title, Robbie Powell had forgotten the score.


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AREA ALL-STATE WRESTLERS

103: Brandon Goen (Byrnes, third)
112: Aaron Holden (Riverside, second)
119: Ryan Cloonan Byrnes, second)
125: Cole Wilson (Byrnes, third), Matt Bailey (Woodruff, fourth), Justin Arthur (Broome, third)
130: Jayvon Jackson (Greer, first)
135: Paul Ballenger (Byrnes, third), Justin Haney (Woodruff, fourth), Chris Humphries (Riverside, fourth)
145: Robbie Powell (Byrnes, first)
171: Robbie Cooksey (Broome, fourth)
189: Tyler Harris (Riverside, second)
215: Derek Cantwell (Woodruff, fourth)




By Jason Gilmer
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COLUMBIA — Ten minutes after winning his second consecutive 4A state title, Robbie Powell had forgotten the score.

But the Byrnes senior remembered his next assignment —competing in the upcoming Senior Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio.

''It doesn't matter whether I won by one point or 15. A win is a win,'' said Powell, a 145-pounder. ''I'll start preparing for nationals tomorrow. Maybe go for a run or a swim.''

His work ethic is what got him into this position. For five years he has been one of coach Russ Howard's hardest workers.

''The kid has worked his tail off,'' Howard said. ''He was above and beyond everyone else. He was always wrestling, always lifting weights.''

Powell, a 7-2 winner over Hillcrest's Christian Aponte, took the 140-pound title last season.

''This feels better than the first one,'' Powell said. ''The first time is luck, two times and you know that you've accomplished something.''

Powell's match was quick, as he took a 2-1 lead after the first period. It was a scoreless second period, until Powell secured an escape and two takedowns to clinch the title in the third period.

''All that hard work paid off,'' Howard said.

Powell wasn't the only area wrestler to fight for a state title. Five wrestlers competed for the top crown, with one other winning.

During his match, Jayvon Jackson's cornrows were hidden from view by a black stocking cap.

He couldn't hide his emotions after he won the 3A state title at 130-pounds.

He and his Greer coach, Chad Nelson, embraced after Jackson's hand was raised then continued to talk, high-five and hug off the mat.

''I just want to thank God that I didn't do all that conditioning for nothing,'' Jackson, a junior, said.

Last season, Jackson qualified for the state championship meet, but didn't finish in the top four.

''This year, Jayvon came in with one goal. And he just got it — a state championship,'' Nelson said. ''This is a bittersweet win. Robbie Dority (last year's 103-pound champion) was sick all week with the flu and couldn't win. The sweet part is that Jayvon worked all year for this.''

Dority was one of the top qualifiers in the 112-pound division after last week's upper state meet.

''I'm kind of disappointed that Robbie isn't here beside me,'' Jackson said.

Riverside's Aaron Holden (112-pounds) and Tyler Harris (189) both wrestled in the finals, but lost. Holden fell 8-5 to Carolina Forest's Josh Caulder and Harris lost 6-5 to Belton-Honea Path's Daren Vaughn.

Byrnes' Ryan Cloonan, the 119-pound Spartanburg County champion, made it to the state finals, but lost 9-4 to Summerville's Gerald Turner.

Even though Cloonan lost, he was sitting 10 feet from the mat as Powell won his second title.

Byrnes, which carried 10 wrestlers to the meet, had three third-place finishers (Brandon Goen, Cole Wilson and Paul Ballenger) and three fourth-place finishers (J.J. Davis, Abdel Nassar and Nick Robbins).

''As happy as we are for Robbie, the lows almost outweigh that,'' Howard said. ''This is the best finish ever for Byrnes, but those guys that didn't finish in the top two, that outweighs that.''

In all, 14 area wrestlers were named all-state, by finishing in the top four.

The S.C. Wrestling Coaches Association, in a non-sanctioned event, gave team awards to Dutch Fork with 132.5 points in 4A (Byrnes was third with 89 points); Lake City (109.5) won 3A (Riverside was 6th with 44 points, Broome 13th at 30 and Greer 15th at 22); Swansea won 2A-1A with 129.5 points (Woodruff was 11th with 33).

Scoreboard: State prep wrestling championships
Complete results from Saturday's prep individual state championships
Scoreboard: State prep wrestling championships
Complete results from Saturday's prep individual state championships


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From staff reports
At Columbia (Carolina Coliseum)

4A

Championship

103: Andrew Young (Summerville) dec. Zach Johnson (Battery Creek) 12-10 OT; 112: Clyde Pollack (Dutch Fork) dec. Anthony Manross (Irmo) 4-0; 119: Gerald Turner (Summerville) dec. Ryan Cloonan (Byrnes) 9-4; 125: Anthony Corwin (Fort Dorchester) dec. Mike Ellis (Dutch Fork) 6-2; 130: Mauro Bria (Hilton Head) dec. Omar Heyward (Berkeley) 3-1; 135: T.J. Selke (Dutch Fork) dec. John David Teague (Rock Hill) 10-4; 140: Andy King (Fort Mill) maj. dec. Terrell Riley (Summerville) 12-4; 145: Robbie Powell (Byrnes) dec. Chris Aponte (Hillcrest) 7-2; 152: Mike Sunkins (Hilton Head) dec. Jonathan Bragg (Summerville) 4-1; 160: Will Kuhn (Spring Valley) by forfeit over Daniel Epstein (T.L. Hanna); 171: Careef Robertson (Dutch Fork) pinned Jack Bean (Stratford) 2nd; 189: Peter Valek (Irmo) maj. dec. Aaron Lambert (Dutch Fork) 10-2; 215: Nick Leone (Dutch Fork) dec. James Breaux (Stratford) 9-2; Htw: Dustin Frye (Summerville) pin Chris Woods (Irmo) 3rd.

Consolation

103: Brandon Goen (Byrnes) dec. Chris Jackson (Rock Hill) 3-1; 112: Roderick Wright (Rock Hill) dec. Justin Nierode (Dutch Fork) 7-5; 119: Kyle Kimrey (Dutch Fork) dec. Antonio Knox (Northwestern) 5-3; 125: Cole Wilson (Byrnes) dec. Adam Bessinger (Battery Creek) 8-3; 130: Joe Wickenhofer (Summerville) dec. J.J. Davis (Byrnes) 9-7; 135: Paul Ballenger (Byrnes) dec. Curtis Graham (Battery Creek) 4-3; 140: Ryan Reedy (Lexington) dec. Abdel Nassar (Byrnes) 9-7; 145: Derik Neitz (Spring Valley) dec. Jason Starnes (Rock Hill) 9-2; 152: Randy Nazionale (Ridge View) dec. Joe Chapman (Irmo) 7-3; 160: Craig Albers (Fort Mill) dec. Sharron Gathers (Summerville) 5-4; 171: Whit Sowards (Irmo) pin Zach Bussert (Spring Valley) 2nd; 189: Jeremy Stevens (Stratford) dec. Stephen McCarley (Westside) 4-1; 215: Evan Capers (Hilton Head) pin Nick Robbins (Byrnes) 2nd; Htw.: Chris Reyes (Berkeley) dec. Tom Sustek (Westside).

3A

Championship

103: Ian Barker (North Myrtle Beach) pinned Cong Cap (Eastside) 1st; 112: Josh Caulder (Carolina Forest) dec. Aaron Holder (Riverside) 8-5; 119: John-Andrew Reese (Myrtle Beach) maj. dec. David D'Amillio (AC Flora) 15-1; 125: Terry Christmas (Eastside) dec. Shane Morris (Seneca) 5-3; 130: Jayvon Jackson (Greer) dec. Keith Richardson (York) 6-5; 135: Julius Frederick (Lugoff-Elgin) dec. Watch Brockington (Lake City) 2-1; 140: Carlos Hinton (Chester) dec. Theo Meryanos (Carolina Forest) 11-9; 145: Jonathan Baker (Lugoff-Elgin) dec. Sherman Mathis (Camden) 8-4; 152: Richard Brockington (Lake City) dec. Freddie Simmons (North Charleston) 9-5; 160: Brent Poynter (Eastside) pinned Vinson Good (Seneca) 2nd; 171: Franklin Brockington (Lake City) dec. Bernard Smiley (North Charleston) 9-5; 189: Daren Vaughn (Belton-Honea Path) dec. Tyler Harris (Riverside) 6-5; 215: Quinton Robinson (Lake City) dec. Keith Medlin (Lugoff-Elgin) 9-7; Htw.: Blake Hudson (Brookland Cayce) pinned Chad Land (Chester) 2nd.

Consolation

103: David Catoe (Lugoff-Elgin) pinned Andrew Hinson (Carolina Forest) 2nd; 112: Daniel Leader (Eastside) dec. Tre Capp (Myrtle Beach) 5-3; 119: Tony Washington (Georgetown) dec. Mike Price (North Myrtle Beach) 9-3; 125: Justin Arthur (Broome) pinned Maurice Tucker (Camden) 2nd; 130: Bryan McFadden (Lake City) dec. Danny Cotton (North Myrtle Beach) 8-2; 135: Chris Humphries (Riverside) maj. dec. Rhodes White (J.L. Mann) 12-3; 140: Matt Johnson (Brookland Cayce) dec. Tim Sexton (Pickens) 8-4; 145: Jonathan Evans (Belton-Honea Path) dec. Glenn Williams (Eastside) 4-2; 152: Matt Swilley (J.L. Mann) dec. Michael Hood (Dreher) 6-0; 160: Desmond Burgess (Lake City) dec. Patrick Reed (Greenville) 4-1; 171: Chris Blake (Pickens) pinned Robbie Cooksey (Broome) 2nd; 189: Wesley McManus (Brookland Cayce) dec. Michael Chisholm (Chester) 7-2; 215: Marcus Atkinson (Lakewood) dec. Antonio Flemings (Blue Ridge) 4-3; Htw.:Clay Shirley (Belton-Honea Path) dec. Matt Rochester (Seneca) 9-4.

2A-1A

Championship

103: Rocky Phillips (Loris) dec. John Harper (Walhalla) 6-4; 112: Donte Issac (Cheraw) pinned Dave Michaud (Chesterfield); 119: Maurice Eazel (Swansea) dec. Brandon Rayfield (Chesterfield) 9-8; 125: Jose Bordallo (Bishop England) dec. Carey Gambll (Crescent) 10-3; 130: Marcus Canipe (Chesterfield) dec. Solon Staley (Swansea) 8-1; 135: Eric Gause (Loris) dec. Justin Harris (Crescent) 10-7; 140: Scott Canipe (Chesterfield) dec. Marcellus Darby (Edisto) 8-6; 145: Michael Phillips (Crescent) dec. Will Gainey (Chesterfield) 9-2; 152: Trevon Fordham (Hanahan) pinned Sammy Robinson (Cheraw); 160: Jim Ollis (Crescent) by default Jermaine Harrington (Cheraw); 171: Darius Caldwell (Swansea) maj. dec. Jeff Mixon (Edisto) 16-6; 189: Troy Canipe (Chesterfield) dec. Will Singleton (Swansea) 1-0; 215: Jess Bowers (Walhalla) tech. fall Steven Windham (Swansea) 18-3 ; 275: Matt Briggman (Swansea) pinned Stuart Whitmire (Walhalla).

Consolation

103: Jay Gainey (Chesterfield) dec. Mike Richardson (Chapin) 6-5; 112: Brett Bendt (Bishop England) dec. Jesse Wright (Emerald) 7-5; 119: Chad Dyson (Aynor) dec. Brandon Morgan (Buford) 12-5; 125: David Tucker (Cheraw) dec. Matt Bailey (Woodruff) 11-6; 130: Tanner Brown (Crescent) maj. dec. Brandon Wright (Loris) 10-0; 135: Charles Bugarin (Bishop England) dec. Justin Haney (Woodruff) 9-7; 140: Thomas Cummings (Walhalla) dec. Justin Bush (Bishop England) 6-1; 145: Jonathan Brown (Swansea) pin Henry Dyson (Loris); 152: Cameron Fielding (Crescent) pin Leighton Hegler (North Central); 160: Rico Lewis (Loris) dec. Corey Rowland (West Oak) 9-2; 171: Jay Freeman (Walhalla) dec. McKenzie Johnson (Loris) 3-1; 189: Patrick Roeder (West Oak) pinned Charles Burbage (Hanahan); 215: Joe Brinson (Chapin) dec. Derek Cantwell (Woodruff) 3-2; 275: Zach Keister (Chapin) dec. Jonathan Oxandaboure (North Central) 10-7
Feb 25Mon Get Ready For Freestyle Wrestling Season. Note! USA Competitor cards have gone to $30. For information on the Irmo-Chapin Freestyle Club click here! The Irmo-Chapin Freestyle Club will have its first practice/meeting, on March 5th, 2002 at 4pm at the Irmo Middle school gym in the wrestling room on the upper level. We will be meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents are invited to help coach. This will be just in time for the first tournament on March 9th at Spring Valley. The Competitor's card from USA Wrestling is $30 this year, and club dues are $20 for the season. Tournament entry fees(paid at the tournament site) are $8 for Freestyle, $8 for Greco Roman, and $12 for entry into both. Two weight entries is $16.

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