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Demons trample field at Red Raider Invitational

MPCU Demon Holiday Classic draws field of 29 teams

Posted: December 13, 2011 2:13 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Suddenly, the previous weekend’s 15th place showing by the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team in the Southern Slam at Eastside seems like a faded memory.

This past Saturday, Even Moxie’s charges headed to Bamberg-Ehrhardt for the one-day Red Raider Invitational. The Demons returned from the individual tournament with the event with the team trophy and four champions.

L-E scored a whopping 235.5 points to easily outdistance its closest pursuer, Edisto, which finished with 142 points. Cane Bay (139), Bamberg-Ehrhardt (131) and Battery Creek (123) rounded out the top five finishers in the 15-team field.

Brandon Noel gave L-E its first champion as he won the 113-pound division. Teammate Chris Jackson then took the 120-pound crown. Zach Connell and Allen Jenerrette won the 195- and 220-pound classes, respectively, as all four wrestlers went 3-0 for the day.

The Demons received second-place finishes from Kahlil Cooke (138) and Corey Edenfield (160) while Larry Robey (106), Trey Marrow (145) and Derrick Miller (171) each came in third place.

Moxie, whose team came into the event after defeating Chester and Chesterfield in a tri-match on Wednesday, said he likes the way his wrestlers have answered the call following a rough two days at the Southern Slam.

"We got better as a team this weekend," he said. "I am very pleased with the direction that we are heading.

"When we get everyone where they need to be in the lineup, we have the potential to be very tough."

L-E will travel to Chapin tonight for a tri-match which includes Newberry. The event is slated for a 6 p.m. start.

MPCU Demon Holiday Classic:

A total of 29 teams, including the host and defending event champion Demons, rival Camden and last year’s tournament runner-up, Chester, are expected to take part in the two-day event which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and begins again at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue until early evening.

There will be two rounds of wrestling and one (two, time permitting) consolation round to be wrestled on Friday night.

Admission is $5 per day. Commemorative T-shirts will be on sale at the concession stands for $10 each throughout the tournament.

The list of entered teams includes: Lugoff-Elgin, Camden, Hartsville, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, York, Chester, Hilton Head, Greenville, Irmo, Battery Creek, Edisto, Clover, Darlington, Indian Land, Northwestern, Marion, Bluffton, J.L. Mann, Fort Mill, Dreher, Sumter, Hammond, Chapman, South Pointe, Summerville, Chesterfield, Marlboro County and Effingham County (Ga.)

Lugoff-Elgin will host the 20th annual May Plant Credit Union Demon Holiday Classic wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday Dec. 16 and 17 inside the Demons Den at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

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