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Demon grapplers get the better of Eastside

Posted: January 6, 2015 2:24 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2015 1:00 a.m.

L-E WRESTLING COACH Peter Hemingway, shown here with his daughter on his lap, led the Demons past rival Eastside on Monday night.

There had to be a little bit of a back to the future type feel for the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team on Monday night.

The Demons traveled to Eastside for a three-team wrestling match which included their longtime nemesis and event host Eastside, along with Belton-Honea Path. From 1999 through 2010 --- L-E’s final season in the AAA ranks --- Eastside won eight AAA state crowns while the Demons took the title in the other four seasons.

Monday night in the Upstate, L-E edged the sixth-ranked (AAA) Eagles, 35-34, in the opening pairing before fourth-ranked (AAA) Belton-Honea Path knocked off Peter Hemingway’s 4A entry, 49-26, in the nightcap.

In the first match, the Demons trailed Eastside, 16-0, after the first three matches before taking seven of the next eight to go on top for keeps at 35-24.

Raquiez Dubose kicked off the Demons’ surge with a pin at 285 pounds. Devin Wilson followed suit at 106 before EHS won by a pin at 113. Elijah Dixon re-started things with a pin at 120 while teammate Jacob Power won via decision at 126. Taylor Catoe’s technical fall victory at 132 put the Demons up, 26-24. L-E’s would get a decision victory from Noah North at 138 before Evan McDonald pushed the Demons’ advantage to 35-24 with a pin at 145.

The Eagles nearly came away with the victory only to come up a point shy by winning the final three contests.

In the second encounter, B-HP went out to a 12-0 lead after the first two pairings before Dubose won by forfeit at 285. Wilson scored his second pin of the evening at 106 before the Bears won the next two matches.

Power got the Demons back on the scoreboard with a decision at 126 pounds. L-E’s final two victories came from North, winning by technical fall at 138 pounds, and McDonald scoring a pin at 145.



Demons tie for fifth at Border Duals:

Winning four times in five Saturday matches, the Lugoff-Elgin High School wrestling team finished tied for fifth place in last week’s South Pointe High School Border Duals held in Rock Hill.

The Demons ended the two-day tournament with a 6-4 record, the same mark as posted by Pickens.

The host Stallions, winners of the 2014 Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic at L-E, won their own event finishing with a 9-0 record. Piedmont (N.C.) was second at 9-1 followed by White Knoll and River Bluff with 7-2 records. L-E and Pickens were next at 6-4.

The event opened last Friday with the Demons falling to Piedmont, 57-14, in their opening match before losing to River Bluff, 51-24, and South Pointe, 48-21. The day closed with Peter Hemingway and company edging both Northwestern, 40-39, and Monroe (N.C.), 41-35.

Things went much better on Saturday as the Demons took down Indian Land, 57-16, Lancaster, 70-0, and Aynor, 59-15, before losing by criteria to White Knoll, 39-38. L-E ended its busy two-day stay by knocking off Pickens, 37-32.

L-E takes to the road today to meet Edisto in a 7 p.m. start.


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