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NC’s Gomez, L-E’s Jackson finish third in state

Posted: March 4, 2014 10:53 a.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A pair of Kershaw County wrestlers recorded top three finishes while another came home in fourth from last weekend’s South Carolina High School League state championships held at the Anderson Civic Center.
Lugoff-Elgin senior Chris Jackson and North Central freshman Mason Gomez took third in the 4A and AA/A classifications, respectively. Camden senior Josh Thomas was fourth in AAA.
Jackson opened his weekend with a 6-2 loss to Jake Strong of Fort Mill to drop into the consolation bracket in the 126-pound division. He then pinned Addison Christopher of Byrnes, 56 seconds into the second period before following that with an 8-6 decision victory over Sean Horgan of Hillcrest to advance to the consolation finals. There, Jackson won a 4-2 overtime decision over Tyler Fachko of Summerville to lock down third place.
Gomez, a 113-pounder, kicked off his first appearance in the state tourney by putting Hunter Jones of Aynor on his back in the second minute of the second period. Gomez lost a major decision to Central’s Daquan Chappell in the semifinals before pinning Andrew Collins of Bishop England in the final 46 seconds of the second period of the consolation semifinals. Gomez took third place with a second minute pin of Battery Creek’s Omar Daniels in the third-place match.
Thomas got off to a quick start in the AAA 145-pound class with a pin of Airport’s Rodney Keeter in the opening minute of the third period. Following an 11-3 loss to Patrick James of West-Oak in the semifinals, Thomas scored a 9-6 win over Broome’s Aaron Woodard before coming out on the short end of a 12-5 decision Alex Lewis of North Myrtle Beach in the consolation finals.
North Central seniors Justin Witmore and David Martin rounded out the local contingent.
Witmore, the AA/A Upper State champion, won his opening match by pinning Aynor’s Daquan Smith in the first half minute of the second round of his opening match before losing his next two pairings. Martin, a 220-pounder, lost his first match before pinning Crescent’s Slade Lambert in the second round of the consolation quarterfinals before losing in the consolation semifinals.

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