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The Monroe Doctorine
Ted Monroe has turned L-EMS wrestling into states gold standard
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TED MONROE WATCHES a pair of L-EMS wrestlers go through a Monday afternoon practice inside the schools mini-gym. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
There may not be something in the water --- then again, maybe there is --- on the banks of the West Wateree which turns young wrestlers into champions at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School.Nor does Leopards head coach Ted Monroe, who just completed his 11th season at the L-EMS helm, possess a magic wand or carries around a bag filled with four-leaf clovers or rabbit’s feet. Even though, it might be nice if he did.So what has been the recipe of success of a Monroe-led program which has won back-to-back Carolina Invitational titles, three of the last four and nine of the past 12 championships in the unofficial state tournament for middle school wrestlers? The answer is not as complicated as you might think.The Leopards’ winning formula starts at the top with the veteran of the United States Navy who oversees a group of dedicated young men who have bought into the program’s trademarks of discipline, hard work and commitment, both on and off the wrestling mat.