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Demons’ Wilson wins at Honey Badger tourney

L-E hosts state champs’ wrestling clinic

Posted: October 17, 2017 1:50 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2017 1:49 p.m.

For all its success on the mat, the one tournament which was a thorn in Lugoff-Elgin’s side was the Honey Badger tournament.

Two weekends ago, Demon senior Devin Wilson took care of that problem as he became the first L-E wrestler to win a title at the prestigious preseason tournament held at St. Stephen’s High School in Hickory, N.C.

Wrestling in the 132 pound weight class, Wilson defeated the defending 5A state champion from Fort Dorchester High School in the semifinals before beating the reigning state champion from the state of North Carolina in the finals.

Wilson, who missed most of the Demons’ 2016-17 campaign with an injury suffered in the early part of the season, was one of three L-E wrestlers who advanced to the finals’ bracket. Before that, the closest a Demon came to winning at the Honey Badger --- which attracts wrestlers from throughout the southeast and as far north as Delaware --- came a year ago when graduated state champion Noah North finished second.

In addition to Wilson, L-E freshman Brice Carron was second at 106 pounds while his older brother Jacob, a senior with Ted Monroe’s squad, came in third at 160 pounds. L-E junior Hunter Mathis, who wrested at 126, fell one win shy of qualifying for the final four in his weight class.


State championship clinic returns to L-E: Lugoff-Elgin High School will host its annual State Championship Wrestling Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 4 beginning at 9 a.m. inside the L-E High gym.

Registration begins the morning of the clinic at 8 a.m. The cost for the morning event, which is open to wrestlers of all skill levels from kindergarten through high school seniors, is $35 per participant.

The clinic will feature past high school state champion wrestlers from Kershaw County as well as other areas who will work in six different stations in which the groups of young wrestlers will be rotated in and out of in 30-minute increments.

L-E head wrestling coach Ted Monroe, who is the organizer of the clinic, said this is a unique chance for wrestlers to learn from the best.

“The clinic is open to wrestlers of all skill levels,” he said. “This is an opportunity to learn from some of the best wrestlers to have ever come out of Kershaw County, for sure, and from the state of South Carolina, period. It is also a great way to kick off the wrestling season.”


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