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Young Knights finish third in own tourney
DEAUNTE SAMUEL ... perfect 5-0 day on mat
On a day which started with so many unknowns, North Central High wrestling coach Jason Brazell received many answers he was looking for on Saturday.With his program hosting the inaugural 10-team Knight Duals, Brazell found himself having to help run the one-day event while also coaching up a young team which became even less-experienced as the hosts were minus one senior starter who was taking the SAT exam in Camden, and another senior who was out due to illness.With a team made up of 10 freshmen and sophomores, the Knights came in third place in an event which was won by perennial AAA state power Chapin. The Eagles downed Cheraw in the finals while the tournament hosts pounded fellow Region 3-AA entry Keenan, 52-22, in the third-place match.“I’m starting a real young team with seven freshmen and three sophomores; 80 percent of the team is underclassmen,” Brazell said. “I was real pleased with our effort in this tournament, especially with our team being so young.”The Knights opened the day by taking apart Central of Pageland, 53-17, with NC’s Hunter Covington (106 pounds) and Matt Frazier (113) being the recipients of forfeits.