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Leopards turn Carolina Invitational into their personal lair
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THE LUGOFF-ELGIN MIDDLE SCHOOL Leopards won the Carolina Invitational for the sixth time in the last eight years, with their most recent of those coming this past Saturday in Lexington. Shown in the team picture are, bottom row, from left: Grayson Clyburn, Chase Miller, Corey Bledsoe, Cameron Johnson, Chip Goforth, Katie Bowen, Hans Jacob, Jacob Gainey, Chad Blizzard, Dillon Edgin and Phillip Sullivan. The second row is made up of Blair Cearley, Ryan Miller, Chris Cain, Tyler Williams, Luke Shrader, Zane Nayfeh, Michael Hailey, Mikayla Drost, Graham Connell, Austin Teague and Nick Ranges. The third row includes Coach Justin Freeman, John McCusker, John Meldrum, Zach Anderson, Seth Ham, Dakota Jones, Zach Stalker, Connor Tully, Heather Roberts and Head Coach Ted Monroe. Shown on the back row are Lorenzo Simon, Colin Teague, Andrew Mills, Charles McCray, Justin Croft, Wes Wagner, Jason Upchurch, Michael Bertram and Nick Payne. Missing at the time in which the team photo was taken were Coach Bryan Plyler, Damian Gardner, Brandon Noel, Derrick Lewis and Quade Scott. - photo by Photo courtesy of Carolina Sports Inc.
Several years ago, Ted Monroe was having a conversation with a high school coach from the Upstate whose team had just won a state championship in football. The coach told the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling coach that not everything was a snap en route to the state title, as the group was not the easiest squad which he had ever coached. When someone poses that same question to Monroeabout the 2010-11 Leopards’ wrestling team, he will give a far different answer.

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