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L-E, NC host state wrestling opening rounds

Posted: January 30, 2017 4:22 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team tuned up for Saturday’s opening day of the South Carolina High School League dual state tournament with a second place finish in Saturday’s Razorback Duals held at Walhalla High School.

The Demons opened with a 64-12 win over Abbeville before dismantling the host Razorbacks, 64-18. Next up was a 59-16 thumping of Liberty, the second ranked team in class AA, before Ted Monroe’s squad throttled Pickens, 63-15.

In the finals, the Demons were tripped up by Belton-Honea Path, 43-30.

L-E was hardly at full strength for the day’s finale with three starters out, having several wrestlers bumped into different weight classes and having one wrestler battling illness, Monroe said of the match against B-HP, his high school alma mater.

“We had a chance to beat (B-HP) with the lineup that we had out there,” Monroe said of his depleted charges. “If B-HP gets to the (state 4A) finals and we are there, I would feel good about our matchup with them. But they have a stumbling block in front of them in Eastside which may be too much for them. But B-HP has three or four guys who will be tough to beat.”

By virtue of winning the Region 6-4A title, the Demons will host the first and second rounds of the 4A Lower State tournament on Saturday. Weigh-ins begin at 10 a.m. with wrestling on two mats taking place at 11 a.m.

The host Demons will take on Berkeley in the first round while Dreher and Myrtle Beach will be wrestling on the other mat. After a half-hour break following the first round pairings, the winners will meet with the chance to advance to next Monday’s third round match.

Should the Demons come away with two victories on Saturday inside the Demons Den, their probable third round foe will be Cane Bay, which is coached by former L-E head coach Tim Wash. 

Monroe, whose squad is 28-5 in dual matches this season, refused to look past Berkeley and said with a few tweaks here and there, his squad should be ready to go on Saturday and, hopefully, beyond after what he saw this past Saturday.

“This weekend was a good tune-up for us for the state tournament,” Monroe said. “We managed to battle and get some solid mat time heading into the playoffs this weekend. Individually, Bryan Robinson, Noah North, Taylor Catoe, and Seth Branham went a combined 17-0 on the day.

“Now, we just have to get healthy and get our lineup set and try and get through these first two rounds on Saturday.”

 

Camden heads to West-Oak for post-season opener: The Camden High wrestling team, which finished third in Region 4-AAA, will travel to West-Oak for Saturday’s opening two rounds of the AAA Upper State tournament.

The Bulldogs will face the second-place finisher from Region 3. West-Oak the Region 1 champion and the state’s top-ranked AAA squad will be the host and has the top seed for Saturday.

The final list of teams and starting time of the first round matches had yet to b determined as of press time on Monday.

The Bulldogs traveled to Columbia High on Saturday for the Region 4-AAA individual qualifier.

Joey Hendrix’s team will send all 14 wrestlers into the AAA Upper State individual tournament to be wrestled on Feb. 17-18 at Camden High. The Dogs finished third in the event with 193 points. Chester led the way with 210 points followed, in order, by Indian Land (195), Camden (193) and Columbia (103).

A pair of Bulldogs won conference titles with seniors Caid Cokley and Donovan Engram topping the fields at 132 and 220 pounds, respectively.

Posting second-place finishes for Camden were Benny Rost (113 pounds), Garrit Strunga (138), Darius Brisbon (152), Jalen Holliday (160), Chris Todd (171), Lance McCray (182) and heavyweight Javontae Salmond.

Third-place finishers included Jehoiada Timms (106), Jedaiah Timms (120) and Hunter McCoy (126). Will Jordan and Clenzo Foreman punched their tickets into the Upper State event by taking fourth place at 145 and 195 pounds, respectively.

 

North Central hosts first two rounds of AA-A Upper State tournament: North Central High School will welcome the 16 qualifiers to Boonetown for Saturday’s first two rounds of the AA-A Upper State wrestling tournament.

The action hits the four mats inside The Castle  at 10 a.m. The second rounds will be contested after a lunch break until the final four teams are decided. The two third round matches will be held on Monday, Feb. 6 at the site of the higher-seeded team in the pairings.

North Central, which won the Region 4-AA title, will not know its first round opponent or, where it is seeded until after today’s seeding meeting in Columbia.

 

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