Thirty eight wrestlers from Kershaw County carried state championship dreams with them into last weekend’s state tourney qualifiers. Only nine of those remain alive.
Lugoff-Elgin qualified five wrestlers and North Central will carry four into this weekend’s South Carolina High School League state championships. Camden will not have a representative in the championships. The two-day event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, at the Anderson Civic Center.
The top four finishers in each weight division earned a berth to Anderson.
L-E traveled to Fort Dorchester for the 4A Lower State qualifier and returned to the West Wateree with three Lower State titlists and a pair of third-place finishers.
Demon junior Noah North, the state’s top-ranked 145-pounder, won that division while classmate Taylor Catoe won the 138-pound crown while senior Seth Ham wrestled his way to the 195-pound title.
Sophomore Devin Wilson battled his way to a third-place finish at 120 pounds while senior Nick Payne was third at 138 pounds for first-year head coach Ted Monroe’s troops.
North Central will send a quartet of wrestlers to Anderson after having brought 13 to the AA-A Upper State tourney in Liberty last weekend.
Michael Boone (47-6) posted the best finish for Jason Brazell’s charges as he took second at 113 pounds. Brailyn Woods (30-9) and DeAunte Samuel (45-7) were third at 170 and 182 pounds, respectively, while NC’s Ricky Hinson (43-11) was fourth at 145 pounds.
It was a rough two days for Camden at the AAA Upper State championships hosted by Eastside High School as Joey Hendrix’s wrestlers were shut out from advancing to the state championships.
The top finishers for the Bulldogs, who qualifed 14 wrestlers to Upper State, were Dymear Atkinson (32-12), Caid Cokley (35-7) and Timmy King (35-10) who won three of their five matches while advancing to the consolation semifinals at 106, 126 and 195 pounds.
State finals information: The 2016 South Carolina High School League state individual wrestling championships will begin on Friday at the Anderson Civic Center and continue through Saturday.
The AA-A matches will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday while the 4A wrestling action starts at 2:45 p.m.. The semifinals for all classifications are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
The wrestling action continues Saturday at 9 a.m. with the finals beginning at 3 p.m.
Admission is $6 on Friday and $8 for Saturday.