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Demons, Dogs and Knights taking to the mat Saturday
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NORTH CENTRALS JUSTIN WITMORE (top) will wrestle in the 170-pound weight division for the Knights in Saturdays AA Upper State duals tournament in Powdersville.
While Lugoff-Elgin stays at home, the Camden and North Central wrestling teams will put on their traveling shoes for Saturday’s South Carolina High School League state wrestling championship tournament.Here is a look at what the three Kershaw County wrestling teams have in store for themselves come Saturday morning.Demons on familiar ground: For the third time since the 4A ranks started with the “pod” format for the first two rounds of the state tournament, Lugoff-Elgin will be enjoying the home mat advantage.On Saturday, the Region 4 champion Demons welcome Dorman, Greenwood and Northwestern into the Demons Den for a three-match day which begins at 11 a.m. with wrestling on two mats.L-E, ranked eighth in the state, will carry a 19-3 record into the morning match against a 17th ranked Northwestern squad which finished fourth in Region 3. The other mat will have seventh-ranked Dorman, which finished second behind Hillcrest in Region 2 taking on a Greenwood entry which was third in Region 1.The winners of those Upper State matches will tangle at, approximately, 1 p.m., for the right to move on in the single-elimination tournament.In each of the past two years, Evan Moxie’s troops met Dorman in second round action and have come away with wins, including a 50-24 victory over the Cavaliers a year ago.Should the Demons survive the four-team event, they will play host to the third round and are matched up with a quartet of schools headed by Region 3 champion and top-ranked Rock Hill (28-1), South Pointe, Laurens and Byrnes.Camden heads to B-HP: Due to a tie-breaker, Camden wound up finishing third in Region 4-AAA which sent the Bulldogs packing for Saturday morning’s AAA Upper State site at Belton-Honea Path. Had the Bulldogs finished second, their first round post-season destination would have been Broome.Joey Hendrix and his young squad, which includes eight freshmen starters, will take an 8-3 record into their match with Region 2 runner-up Pickens.