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Monroe likes L-EMS chances at winning unofficial title
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In the days leading up to last year’s Carolina Invitational wrestling tournament, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School head coach Ted Monroe downplayed his team’s chances at winning the statewide event.Monroe told his young squad that the stars would have to be aligned correctly, a few upsets would need to be pulled off and the Leopards would have to have the day of their young wrestling lives in order to win an event which, in middle school wrestling circles, is viewed as the state championship.On that day at Lexington High School, Monroe and company were unable to successfully defend their crown in the tournament as they finished in fifth place in an event won by Dutchman Creek Middle School. This time around, Monroe is feeling much better about his team’s hopes of bringing a seventh Carolina Invitational trophy back to the West Wateree.The one-day tournament(s) for both middle school and junior varsity wrestlers will be held on Saturday at Lexington High School.“I’m not like some coaches,” Monroe said of those who tend to “poor-mouth” their teams before a big event. “I tell it like it is.