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Leopards Drakeford wrestles way onto Team Palmetto squad
Drakeford
MARKEITH DRAKEFORD
Some things are better when they are earned. In order to make the elite Team Palmetto squad, an all-star wrestling unit made up of the top middle school wrestlers in South Carolina, Markeith Drakeford had to survive and advance in a wrestle-off at Lexington High School on Nov. 14. Drakeford, an eighth-grader at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School and a Carolina Invitational qualifier at 124 pounds last season, did just that to secure his slot on the team.

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