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CHS wrestlers fall to AJ, eyeing Region 4 tourney

Posted: January 25, 2018 11:17 a.m.
Updated: January 26, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

ZACH PHILLIPS AND CAMDEN will host Saturday’s Region 4-AAA wrestling team championship tournament inside the Dog Pound. The action takes to the mats at 9 a.m.

Having to overcome four forfeits proved too large a challenge for the Camden High wrestling team to overcome as the Bulldogs were defeated by Andrew Jackson, the fourth-ranked team in class AA-A, 42-29 in a make-up match contested on Tuesday inside the Dog Pound at CHS.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 14-8 on the season heading into Thursday’s dual match at Lugoff-Elgin.

After losing at 106 pounds, Camden evened things when Anthony Higuera was awarded a forfeit at 113 pounds. The visiting Volunteers won by a pin at 120 pounds and a forfeit at 126 to go on top, 18-6.

Hunter McCoy brought the hosts to within 18-9 with a 4-2 decision victory over Luke Phillips at 132 pounds.

The Vols then won the next five matches, using a trio of forfeits along the way, to hike their lead to an insurmountable 42-9.

The Dogs got back on the board at 182 with a pin from Jyheem Macklin in the opening 11 seconds of the match. Clenzo Foreman made it 42-19 as he scored a 17-7 major decision win over Patrick Burgess.

Kahvon Brown then took an 11-3 major decision victory over Elijah Mackey at 220 pounds before AJ forfeited the evening finale at heavyweight to Camden’s Jevonte Salmond.

Camden hosts 4-AAA team tourney Saturday: Camden will host the Region 4-AAA team tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m. inside the Dog Pound.

The top four finishing teams from the one-day event will automatically qualify for the AAA Upper State tourney which begins Saturday, Feb. 3. The conference champion will host the first two rounds of the tournament with the second, third and fourth place teams having to travel that day.

Four of the five teams in Region 4 were ranked in the latest state rankings which were released on Jan. 9. Indian Land was ranked second in that poll with Chester fourth, Camden in 14th and Columbia in 18th place. Camden has not faced a conference opponent in a dual meet this season. 

Tickets are $6 for the day.

Camden will also host the Region 4-AAA individual wrestling tournament, with the top four finishers all advancing to the AAA Upper State championship in Powdersville on Feb. 16-17, on Wednesday, Jan. 31 beginning at 5 p.m. inside the Dog Pound.


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