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Demons battle way to ninth at Southern Slam

Posted: December 3, 2018 2:20 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2018 1:00 a.m.

For many wrestling teams in the southeast, the Southern Slam has been used as a barometer as to what areas wrestlers need to fine tune as they head into the meat of their seasons.

Last weekend, Lugoff-Elgin placed ninth from the 44 teams who traveled to Eastside High school to compete in the prestigious event.

Buford County (Ga.) won the two-day tourney with 126 points. The Demons, who finished with 115 points, were the third-highest scoring entry from the Palmetto, trailing only Eastside and Byrnes.

L-E had five wrestlers to place at Eastside. Senior Hunter Mathis came in fifth place at 138 pounds while junior Brett Carder was fifth at 182. Ted Monroe’s charges received a sixth place from junior 113-pounder Jay Wilson, a seventh from 160-pound junior Klay Crossway and an eighth from freshman Hudson Jay at 106 pounds.

“(Hunter Mathis) had a very strong tournament. The “man up” factor continues to be a strength,” Monroe said. “Brett Carder works his butt off. He will continue to get better and will be a force this season.”

Jacob Paulson and Jacob Vincent had three wins at 210 and 132 pounds, respectively, as did Tyquan Wright (170) and heavyweight Aaron Miller. Monroe had special praise for his heavyweight who is one of the lightest wrestlers in his division and is almost always outweighed by his opponent.

“Aaron Miller has unbelievable heart,” Monroe said. “Despite being tremendously undersized, he finds ways to battle and win matches. A lot of guys could learn from Aaron.”

The Demons return to the mat on Wednesday, traveling to meet defending 5A state champion Rock Hill in a four-team match which also includes Indian Land and North Gaston (N.C.) high schools.

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