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County wrestlers headed for state

Posted: February 19, 2018 3:42 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Led by seven qualifiers from Lugoff-Elgin High School, 17 wrestlers from Kershaw County high school wrestling program will compete in this weekend’s South Carolina High School League state individual tournament.

The two-day event begins Friday and will continue until champions are crowned on Saturday in all five state classifications at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center.

While L-E led the way with six wrestlers qualifying in class 4A, North Central will have six in the AA ranks while Camden has four headed for the AAA event.

Lugoff-Elgin: Despite some untimely injuries and circumstances, the Demons were able to fill half of the 14 weight divisions with wrestlers from Ted Monroe’s program.

Leading the charge for L-E was senior Jacob Carron, who won the 152 pound Lower State championship in Beaufort by pinning Chapin’s Cole Hodges in the finals.  

“Jacob has battled through some adversity throughout his wrestling career, and is peaking at the right time,” Monroe said. “If he has his head on right, he will be in the mix at state.”

Finishing as Lower State runners-up were seniors Devin Wilson (132 lbs.) and Cameron Payne (220 lbs.)

“Both of these young men will be drawing from previous state tournament experience,” Monroe said of Payne who qualified last year at 195 pounds while Wilson, who bounced back a season-ending elbow injury last year that prevented him from potentially qualifying for state, qualified as a sophomore at 120 pounds.  

Coming home in third place for the Demons was sophomore 145-pounder Eli McGee.  After losing in the championship quarterfinals, McGee came back to win four consecutive matches to capture bronze.  

“Eli is just now learning how to finish close matches. When he figures it out, he is going to be scary good,” Monroe said.

Rounding out the state qualifiers for the Demons were the trio of freshman Brice Carron (106), sophomore Jacob Vincent (120) and senior 160-pounder Jay Murray.

North Central: Jason Brazell took the Knights back to Liberty, two weeks after having traveled to the Upstate for the AA Upper State finals.

The Knights received a pair of second place finishes from Cameron Hoffman and Michael Boone at 126 and 132 pounds, respectively.

Wade Bowers (138) and Wesley Roberts (182) both finished third while NC teammates Jordan Small and Matthew Littlefield were fourth at 152 and 195 pounds, respectively.

Camden: First-year head coach Chris Connell and the Bulldogs traveled to Powdersville and had a quartet who will continue to wrestle this weekend in Anderson.

Kahvon Brown, who started the season at heavyweight, was second at 220 pounds as was teammate Jalen Holliday at 160 pounds. Zach Phillips took third at 170 while heavyweight JeVontae Salmond came in fourth place.

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