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CMA wrestlers close season with sweep of LR, EC

Posted: February 1, 2011 2:36 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

It was a bittersweet ending to the season for the Camden Military Academy wrestling team and first-year head coach Mark Dority, which closed the season by sweeping past Lower Richland, 45-36, and Eau Claire, 36-33, in a tri-match held inside the White Field House, located on the CMA campus, last week.

Dority said it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for him and his assistant coach.

"This season has been one of the most pleasurable coaching experiences for assistant coach Tom Borowski and I, due to the dedication and character shown by the group of athletes who wrestled this year," Dority said. "Senior team captains David Duncan and David Cassie will be especially missed."

Both captains won via forfeit in the victory over Eau Claire with Duncan receiving a victory at 171 pounds while Cassie did likewise at 189. The visiting Shamrocks also gave up forfeits to Dallas Morrow (104), Robbie Semmler (152) and Noah Leary at 160. CMA’s Lucas Mayer won his 135-pound contest by forfeit.

Against LR, Mayer won by a pin at 130 as did Morrow (140), Semmler (152), Leary (160) and Duncan at 171. Cassie was bumped up to 215 and won by decision while Rush Branham (145) and Joshua Layne (189) won by forfeit.

Dority said Cassie did not want to close his Spartan career by not wrestling in this match so, he requested to be inserted into the 215-pound spot after having weighed in at 189.

"Cassie's bout against Lower Richland's Salley, a very strong wrestler, was the match of the night," Dority said. "Cassie was behind in the match, 7-6, late in the third period. But with 20 seconds remaining, scored a strong double- leg takedown to seal the win. It was a fitting win for his final match at CMA.

"His decision to wrestle at 215 allowed CMA to pull off the victory. On hand to cheer for Cassie was a strong contingent of CMA cadets."

The vocal group of cadets who turned out for the match made for a loud and memorable experience, Dority said.

"Lower Richland coach Bryan Bufkin stated, ‘This is a very exciting atmosphere to compete in and we definitely want come back here next year,’" said Dority.

While year one of his tenure is just in the books, Dority is already looking ahead to bigger and better days for the Spartans’ wrestling program.

"We are getting a middle school program started here next year," Dority said. "We had five middle schoolers who competed for the varsity team this year. Hopefully, we can field a middle school team beginning next year to help improve our varsity program."

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