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Demons cruise to Region 6 crown

L-E hosting JV, middle school state qualifier on Saturday

Posted: January 11, 2018 1:40 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Baseball season is still several weeks away but that did not prevent the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team from “pitching” a perfect match.

Hosting Region 6-4A colleagues Darlington and Hartsville Wednesday night in the de facto conference championship, the Demons blanked Darlington, 84-0, while knocking off Hartsville, 65-9, to lock down the league title. L-E won 26 of the 28 contested matches on the evening.

By virtue of the sweep, L-E (21-2), ranked second in the state in 4A behind Eastside, will host the first and second rounds of the 4A state tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3 inside the Demons Den. The starting time for the doubleheader of wrestling will be determined once all four competing schools agree on a time for the first matches of the day.

Against Darlington on Wednesday, the visiting Falcons forfeited 36 points to the Demons by only weighing in eight wrestlers in the 14 weight divisions. In the eight matches that were wrestled, L-E scored first period pins in each of those.

Against the 13th ranked Red Foxes, the highlight of the match was L-E’s Jay Wilson scoring a 12-11 victory over Jordan Lynch, who is ranked fourth in the state 4A ranks at 106 pounds by

L-E head coach Ted Monroe said there was little suspense on Wednesday given the disparity between the three programs in the five-school circuit which have wrestling programs.

“It was a combination of us our being pretty good and our region being just that bad,” he said of the expected outcome.

Wrapping up the region means L-E will be at home for, at least, its first two 4A Lower State matches. Monroe expects to see Myrtle Beach or, North Myrtle Beach along with programs like Berkeley and Dreher coming into to the Demons Den on Feb. 3. 

Should L-E go 2-0 that day, the Demons will, in all likelihood, travel to meet former L-E head coach Tim Wash and third-ranked Cane Bay in round three on Monday, Feb. 5. L-E won the first pairing against the Cobras, 33-30, en route to winning the Cane Bay Duals on Dec. 9.

The Lower State championship match will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 with all five state championship matches being wrestled at Dreher High School on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Monroe said the 4A Lower State playoff bracket “sets up favorably” for fourth-ranked Chapin which defeated the Demons in the Lower State championship match last year before falling to Eastside in the finals.

As for the rest of the regular season, the Demons will have this weekend off which, Monroe said, will give 160-pound senior Jacob Carron additional time to heal from a concussion as he is still in concussion protocol.

Monroe said not competing in a tournament this weekend will also afford his team with some much-needed time off as the Demons begin to turn on the switch into postseason gear.

“We’re ready for a little bit of down time,” he said. “We wrestled in the Bearcat Duals in Rock Hill last weekend which was our sixth weekend tournament since mid-December. Our kids are a little banged up, right now, with some knee and ankle injuries.

“We need to get healthy because we have a tough duals tournament next weekend in the Red Raider Rumble at Greenville High School. I know that Belton-Honea Path, Hillcrest, which is ranked fifth in 5A, and Stradford, a team we beat but had a tough time against earlier this year, are going to be there. There are going to be some pretty solid teams up there next weekend.”


Scheduling news: The Demons are slated to host non-conference foes Camden and Westwood next Tuesday in what is scheduled to be Senior Night for the L-E program. There is a scheduling conflict with the main gym at L-E, however, as the Demons and Lady Demons will be at home to take on Darlington in a Region 6-4A doubleheader.

Monroe said he has been in contact with Camden and Westwood to see if there is a mutually agreeable date as to when this match may be able to be wrestled should it be moved due to a conflict with the use of the Demons Den.


L-E hosts JV, middle school state qualifier Saturday: Monroe said much of today’s practice will involve making sure the 10 members of the Demon junior varsity team are on weight and ready for Saturday’s junior varsity and middle school state individual tournament sectional qualifier which will be held at Lugoff-Elgin.

The Demons sent 10 wrestlers into last Saturday’s area qualifier at Camden High with all 10 qualifying for the sectionals with seven winning their respective weight classes. Winning area titles and their respective weight classes for L-E were: Tanner Misenheimer (106), Noah Stockman (113), Justice Valdez (138), Tyquan Wright (170), Brett Carder (182), Dan Guest (195) and Aaron Miller (220). Scotty Dean and Omarion Samuels were second at 170 and 182, respectively, while Leonard Dunning was fifth at 145 pounds.

Monroe said he expects somewhere in the neighborhood of 260 wrestlers to converge on the West Wateree on Saturday with about 160 of those being middle school qualifiers. The qualifiers from the L-E sectional meet will advance to next Saturday’s state championships to be held at Lexington High School.

The wrestling begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with the middle school wrestlers competing inside the Demons Den (main gym) while the junior varsity portion of the competition will be held inside the adjoining Wellness Center.

Admission is $8 for each individual for Saturday’s sectional tournament.


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