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Leopards win another Carolina Invitational title
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DEVIN WILSON HAS TEAMMATE Elijah Dixon in a leg hold during a Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling practice. Wilson was selected as the most outstanding wrestler at last Saturdays Carolina Invitational. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
As he watched members of his team come off the mat with hard-fought, distance-going victories, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling coach Ted Monroe could not help but keep an eye and ear on the alert when it came to Carver Middle School’s wrestlers.In spite of carrying just six qualifiers to Saturday’s Hank Hammond Memorial Carolina Invitational, the unofficial state championships for middle school, junior varsity wrestlers, Carver finished the day with 14 pins and 101 points. That was not enough, however, to unseat Monroe and his band of wrestlers who scored a day-best 111 points to win their second consecutive Carolina Invitational crown.The Leopards, who have won the tournament three of the past four years, tied an event record in having 16 qualifiers punch their ticket into the event hosted by Lexington High School.While his team may have had strength in numbers, Monroe said Carver held the upper hand in putting its opponents on their back.“I wouldn’t say that we wrestled great,” Monroe said of his team’s performance, “but we were solid. “Our biggest problem was that we just couldn’t pin anybody.