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Demon wrestlers take down Volunteers and T’wolves

Lugoff-Elgin reached the 20-win plateau on the wrestling mat by knocking off a pair of ranked opponents on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The Demons (20-3) kicked off their two-match homestand with a 73-6 win over Andrew Jackson, the fourth-ranked team in the AA-A poll, before edging White Knoll, the 14th ranked team in class 5A, 36-27, one night later.

Newberry was scheduled to have been part of Wednesday’s three-team affair but cancelled.

Ted Monroe’s charges, ranked fifth in 5A by, got past White Knoll on a night in which the L-E boss said his team was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities while mental errors and illness also affected the hosts.

Against White Knoll, the Demons received pins from Jay Wilson at 106 pounds and Brett Carder at 182. Winning by decision were Scotty Dean (195), who avenged an earlier loss to White Knoll, Jacob Vincent (132), Hunter Mathis (138), Eli McGee (152), Klay Crossway (160) and Tyquan Wright (170). Ethan Hix won via forfeit at 220 pounds.

To start the night, L-E jayvee wrestlers won four of the six contested matches with Kaleb Bah, Camden King, Josh Kirksey and Wade Rabon all winning with pins.

One night earlier, the Demons took apart AJ in what was to have been a tri-match with Camden Military Academy which was unable to compete in the event due to a virus which struck several members of the Spartans’ squad.

The Volunteers picked up their lone win in the opening match with a pin at 106 pounds. From there, L-E went on to win the next 13 pairings.

Collecting pins in the AJ match were Wilson (113), Vincent (132), Mathis (138), Jaden Robinson (145), McGee (152), Crossway (160), Carder (182) and Dean (195).  Jacob Paulson won by major decision at 120 with Brice Carron (126) winning a major decision. Tyquan Wright won by injury default at 170 while Hix (220) and heavyweight Aaron Miller each won by forfeit.

The Demons heads to Chapin today to compete in the two-day Military Duals at Chapin High School.

L-E will close out the resgular season portion of its schedule next Tuesday when Camden and Westwood come to the Demons Den for a 6 p.m. tri-match.

The Demons will then make the short trip to Spring Valley for the Region 4-5A Duals on saturday, Jan. 26 at which time the seedings for the state tournament will be decided.