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CHS wrestlers split with IL, Caps

Posted: January 5, 2017 2:28 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Leading visiting Camden, 34-3, with half of the 14 matches left to be wrestled in Tuesday’s Region 4-AAA opener, host Indian Land overcame five consecutive Bulldog pins to hold on for a 44-33 win.

Earlier in the evening in a tri-match featuring three teams ranked in the top 16 AAA squads in the most recent scmat.com statewide poll, Camden defeated Columbia, 49-21.

Joey Hendrix’s Bulldogs headed to Indian Land ranked sixth in the state while the host Warriors were one slot behind in seventh. Columbia is ranked 16th.

Indian Land jumped to a 16-0 lead after the first three matches which started at 120 pounds. The Dogs’ first win came when Garrit Strunga scored a 6-4 decision victory at 138 pounds. The Warriors then won three straight via pin to grab a 31-point advantage.

Camden stormed back with Jalen Holliday (170), Lance McCray (180) and Chris Todd (195) each recording first period pins. Donovan Engram (220) worked until the second round before recording a pin while sophomore heavyweight Jevontae Salmond put his opponent on his back with one second left in the match to bring the Dogs to within 34-33.

The Warriors, however, would get a pin at 106 pounds and then received a major decision at 113 to come away with the 11-point victory.

Against Columbia, Camden jumped to a quick 12-0 lead as Jehoiada Timms and Benny Rost received forfeits at 106 and 113 pounds. After a double forfeit at 120, Camden’s Hunter McCoy won by forfeit at 126. Caid Cokley took a 13-0 major decision at 132 before Strunga won in a first period pin at 138.

The next Camden victory came via forfeit to Holliday at 170. McCray and Engram had second period pins at 182 and 22 pounds, respectively, while heavyweight Kahvon Brown won by a 4-1 decision.

Camden was scheduled to compete in the Duals at The Castle at North Central on Saturday but due to the threat of inclement weather, that tournament has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 21.

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