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Demon wrestlers third in Red Raider Rumble

Posted: January 22, 2018 3:05 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2018 1:00 a.m.

In the final pairing of a match which ended in controversy and confusion, Belton-Honea Path handed Lugoff-Elgin a 37-36 defeat in the semifinals of Saturday’s Red Raider Rumble held at Greenville High School.

The haywire finish was part of a 4-1 day for Ted Monroe and his second-ranked --- in 4A --- troops which left the Upstate with a 25-3 record in dual matches with the losses coming by a total of four points. The one-point setback at the hands of fifth-ranked B-HP was L-E’s second one-point defeat of the year and first to a team not in the 5A classification.

Against the Bears in the semifinals, L-E carried a 36-34 lead into the 120-pound finale between Demon sophomore Jacob Vincent, ranked sixth in his classification in 4A, and B-HP freshman Easton Brannan, ranked second in 4A.

Monroe said a mistake by the timekeeper with nine seconds left in the match led him to go to the scorer’s table to meet with the official to try and correct the error. Monroe claimed that  when the referee signaled to restart the third period after Brannan took a 6-5 lead, nine seconds should have been showing on the clock. Instead, it was deemed that there were six seconds left in the match. By the time Monroe got back to his team’s bench, two seconds were showing on the clock as Brannan held on for the win but only after a last-ditch reversal by Vincent was waved off due to time having run out.

“It changed the whole way the match was wrestled,” Monroe said. “And, as if to add insult to injury, it looked like (Vincent) got a two-point reversal to end the match but it came after the buzzer sounded. Had there been nine seconds to go, it would have counted and we would have won the match.”

L-E entered the B-HP match minus Jacob Carron, who is ranked second in 4A at 160 pounds. The senior, who had just come out of concussion protocol, suffered a head injury against Blue Ridge when, while going out of bounds, he was struck in the head by his opponent’s knee. The Demons wrestled the entire day without Cameron Payne, ranked third in 4A at 220 pounds. The senior was on an official football visit to North Greenville University.

The Demons were dominant in their first three pairings of the day. They blasted Wade Hampton, 67-12, to open the event before handling host Greenville, 64-6, and then Blue Ridge 60-12, before the B-HP contest.

After the loss to B-HP, the Demons secured third place on the day by edging 5A Stratford, 36-34.

Three Demons went unbeaten on the day including Jay Wilson, who won all five of his pairings while his brother Devin Wilson and Eli McGee both went 4-0. Suffering just one loss in Greenville were L-E’s Brice Carron, Hunter Mathis, Austin Rabon, Lorenzo McGee, Caleb McDonald, Jacob Carron, Klay Crossway, Jay Murray and McCoy McElhaney. Vincent, along with teammates J.W. Heron and Drake Davis had three wins each.

The Demons will close out their regular season slate with tri-matches to be wrestled inside the Demons Den on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

On Wednesday, Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Edisto come to the West Wateree. One night later, Camden and Westwood will step onto the mat against the Demons on Senior Night. In both instances, the starting time is 6 p.m.

Demons can stay at home throughout Lower State tournament: By virtue of winning the Region 6 crown, L-E will host the first two rounds of the 4A Lower State tourney on Saturday, Feb. 3 inside the Demons Den.

L-E will meet the fourth-place finisher from Region 5 in the opener while the runner-up from Region 8 takes on the third-place finisher from Region 7 in the morning. The two winners will then square off in round two following a break of some 45 minutes.

Should the Demons win two matches on that day, they will host the 4A Lower State semifinals on Monday, Feb. 5. Should they win that pairing, the Demons will host the 4A Lower State championship match on Wednesday, Feb. 7 with the winner earning a trip to the state finals to be held at Dreher High School on Saturday, Feb. 10.

“I’m optimistic about our team going into the playoffs,” Monroe said. “If we can get our lineup right, I think we can make a run.”

L-E jayvees second in state championships: The Lugoff-Elgin junior varsity wrestling team finished second out of 58 programs at Saturday’s state championships held in Lexington.

Sophomore Justice Valdez won the 132-pound division while classmates Tyquan Wright and Brett Carder were second at 170 and 182, respectively. Freshmen Tanner Misenheimer and Scotty Dean were third at 106 and 170, respectively.


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