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CHS, L-E take fourth in three separate tourneys

Posted: January 2, 2017 4:16 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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L-E SENIOR NOAH NORTH was named the most outstanding wrestler in the upper weight divisions after having gone unbeaten his matches at last week’s KO Sportswear Wildcat Duals at Lexington High School.

Returning to the wrestling mat for the first time since finishing second in their own Demon Holiday Classic on Dec. 17, Lugoff-Elgin finished fourth in the 16-team KO Sportswear Wildcat Duals held in Lexington last Thursday and Friday.

The Demons went 4-2 over the two days to improve to 13-2 in dual matches on the season.

Ted Monroe’s charges opened the tournament with four wins on Thursday. The Demons defeated host Lexington in their first round Pool B pairing, 57-24, before defeating 5A power Summerville, 40-22, in round two. A 72-12 dismantling of Greenville closed out pool play.

The Demons improved to 4-0 on the day by taking down York, 54-24, in the Gold Bracket quarterfinals.

L-E returned to Lexington on Friday to take on a River Bluff team which won the Demon Holiday Classic after having lost to L-E in a dual match on Dec. 6. The Gators, the fourth-ranked team in class 5A and coached by former Demon boss Evan Moxie, would advance to the finals with a 45-23 victory.

The Demons closed the tourney by falling to Rock Hill, the third-ranked entry in 5A, which avenged an earlier loss to L-E by winning the third-place match, 43-22.

Individually, the Demons were led by defending 4A state champion Noah North, who compiled a 6-0 record at 152 pounds and was voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler for the 152-pound to heavyweight divisions after having won all six of his matches. 

L-E freshman Jacob Paulson and sophomore Hunter Mathis each went an impressive 5-1 for the event. Junior Jacob Carron and senior Noah Kleinholz each recorded 4-1 performances. Other wrestlers recording three wins over the two days included Bryan Robinson, Lorenzo McGee, Eli McGee, Aaron Croft, Alex Register and Seth Branham. Freshman Markeith Drakeford went 2-1, with his only loss a 4-0 decision to Ben Emery of River Bluff, the top-ranked wrestler in the state in 5A at 145 pounds.

The Demons will kick off Region 6-4A action on Wednesday when their entertain conference foes Darlington and Hartsville in a 6 p.m. start inside the Demons Den.


Camden takes fourth in consecutive tourneys: The Camden High wrestling team closed out the 2016 portion of their schedule with back-to-back fourth-place finishes in their final two tourneys of the past year.

On Dec. 22, the Bulldogs took fourth in the 16-team Eagle Duals at Airport High School. White Knoll won the event by defeating Irmo. Camden was defeated by Westwood in the third-place match with CHS being the top 3A finisher in the competition.

Last Wednesday, Joey Hendrix and company traveled to Westwood High School in Blythewood for the Westwood Duals and fell to 5A Stratford in the third-place match.

Rock Hill topped the second-ranked team in 3A, Battery Creek, 54-24, for the championship.

Camden kicks off Region 4 action tonight with a trip to Indian Land in a tri-meet which includes fellow conference foe Columbia. The starting time is set for 6 p.m.


All three Kershaw County programs rise in state rankings: Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central all made jumps in the most recent statewide polls.

The rankings, which came out Dec. 20, were the first since the start of the season.

Camden climbed its way to sixth in the AAA rankings. The Bulldogs sit behind top-ranked West-Oak which is followed by, in order, Battery Creek, Crescent, Emerald Woodruff and then, Camden. Camden’s Region 4-AAA foe, Indian Land, sits in seventh.

Thanks, in part, to early season victories over Rock Hill and River Bluff, Lugoff-Elgin jumped to second in the 4A poll. Only Eastside sits above Ted Monroe’s charges. Chapin is third in the poll with Hilton Head and Beaufort rounding out the top five.

North Central is fourth in the 2A-1A rankings which has Bamberg-Ehrhardt on the pole position followed by Liberty, Marion and North Central. The Knights’ Region 4-AA rivals, Cheraw, Buford and Andrew Jackson, occupy the fifth, eighth and 10th spots, respectively.

Jason Brazell and the Knights will host the Duals at The Castle, which includes Camden, on Saturday, Jan. 7 beginning at 9 a.m.


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