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Demons roll in Cane Bay; set to host 34 teams this weekend

Posted: December 11, 2017 3:18 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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LUGOFF-ELGIN WRESTLING COACH Ted Monroe and the Demons will host their two-day holiday classic tourrament beginning Friday night inside the Demons Den.

Call it a February feel in December.

Lugoff-Elgin returned from a Saturday business trip to the Lowcountry winning all five of its matches to capture the Cane Bay Duals in a one-day event which brought together some of the top programs in the state’s 4A and 5A ranks.

The Demons finished their stay by knocking off the host Cobras in the title match, 33-30. Last winter, L-E defeated Cane Bay, 31-30, in the third round of the 4A Lower State tournament.

“I could not be more proud of these guys,” said L-E head coach Ted Monroe of his team’s performance in the event. “It was a playoff atmosphere and we embraced the moment. If we continue to work hard and improve, we could be in the thick of things come playoff time.”

The Demons opened the day with a 71-12 win over Stall and followed that with a hard-fought, 38-28, victory over perennial 5A state power Summerville.  

L-E then entered into a round-robin pool play with pairings against Beaufort (ranked 7th in 4A), Stratford (ranked 10th in 5A) and Cane Bay, the third-ranked team 4A, all which had each won their first two matches of the day.  

Against Beaufort, the Demons jumped out to an early advantage, thanks to early wins from Hunter Mathis (126 pounds), Devin Wilson (132 lbs.), Justice Valdez (138 lbs.) and Jacob Carron at 160. The biggest victory, however, came from Jacob Paulson, who won in overtime over a defending state runner-up, sealing a 46-21 win for the Demons.

Next up was a tough Stratford squad.  After a strong test which the Demons passed, 40-33, it set up a championship showdown with Cane Bay.

“This is what we came to see.  A potential playoff match-up with a quality opponent,” Monroe said of the finale.

In the title match, Eli McGee (145 lbs.) gave the sixth-ranked Demons an early 6-0 lead with a pin. L-E then took two of the next three by decisions, as Klay Crossway and Jay Murray scored wins at 152 and 170 pounds, respectively.170. “Klay was huge for us all day going 5-0,” Monroe said of Crossway. “His potential level is really high and he’s just a sophomore.  

“Jay’s (Murray) match might have been the biggest of the day. He beat a returning state qualifier and a placer at the Southern Slam the previous weekend. We could not have won the match without him.”  

Drake Davis also came up big for the Demons. The freshman heavyweight went 4-1 on the day, including a pin in the title match.  

Nearing the end of championship match, the Demons led, 30-24, with two matches remaining.  Devin Wilson was given the opportunity to clinch the win for the Demons and he did just that with a 7-2 decision over Cane Bay’s Ralph Inge, one of the Cobras’ nine returning state qualifiers.

Tonight, the Demons return home to take on defending 5A state champion River Bluff, led by former Demon head coach Even Moxie, in a 6:30 p.m. start inside the Wellness Center. 

 

Demon Holiday Classic on deck: Lugoff-Elgin will host its 26th annual Demon Holiday Wrestling Classic on Friday and Saturday inside the Demons Den.

This year’s tournament includes 34 programs including the hosts, Camden, defending 5A state champion River Bluff and Cane Bay.

The tournament action will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday and begin again on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Admission is $7 per day or, $10 for a two-day pass. 

Friday’s opening round pairings will take place on six mats. The second round championship matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Demons Den while the first round consolation matches will be going on at that time inside the adjoining Wellness Center.

The second round consolation matches are, tentatively, slated to begin at 8:30 p.m. to close out the evening.

The championship quarterfinals will start at 9 a.m. Saturday in the main gym with the third round consolation pairing behind held at that same time in the Wellness Center. The fourth round consolation semifinals are slated for 10:30 a.m. with the championship semis and the consolation quarterfinals scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The consolation semifinals are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. with the medal matches scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

 

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