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In a rematch, the Buford Middle School wrestling team gained its mat revenge.
The Yellow Jackets, in the title match of the Long Middle School Duals, avenged an earlier loss with a 45-36 win over the LMS Warriors on Saturday in Cheraw.
Back on Dec. 18, Long Middle, down 40-6 at one stretch in the championship match of the Rumble in the Hive middle school wrestling tournament at Buford High School, rallied for a 42-40 comeback win over the host BMS Jackets.
The Warriors couldn’t repeat the feat as the Jackets notched the nine-point win for the tournament championship at LMS.
Each team went 3-0 in the pool play to set up the rematch.
Buford defeated Chesterfield, 52-18, Hartsville, 54-18 and Marion, 48-24.
BMS coach Kris Self noted a pair of pivotal wins in the victory over Long.
Dillon Sutter, at 82 pounds, capped a 4-0 day with a pin.
“Dillon beat a guy who had beaten him during the Rumble in the Hive tournament at Buford and that was a big plus,” Self said of the Yellow Jackets’ first-year wrestler.
BMS 140-pounder Kyle Narcia, who went 3-0 on the day, also notched a key win in the match.
“It was a win we had to have,” Self said, “It was a swing match and Kyle won on a pin. He played a pivotal role in us winning the tournament championship.”
Self saluted the BMS team.
“Our wrestlers worked hard all week and it paid off for our team,” he said. “Work equals results. We also had outstanding fan support at the Cheraw tournament as we’ve had all season with this team.
“The match was exciting,” Self said. “The fans got their money’s worth and all were standing throughout. It was the most exciting match I’ve ever seen. I’m real proud of this team because we only had four wrestlers back with any middle school match experience this season, but we’ve worked hard to be a 13-3 team and win a tournament championship.”
Self noted the effort of the team, including Mark Griffin 4-0 at 119, Ronnie Watts 4-0 at 98, Scottie Moser 3-0 at 132, Johnathan Hill 3-0 at 125, Devin Craig 3-1 at 105, Ricky Hinson 3-1 at 145, Zeb Polston 3-1 at 112, Brady Jones 2-2 at 90, Kris “Tator” Self 2-2 at 167 and Westin Collins 1-2 at 155.
The Jackets, 13-3, were slated to wrestle Lugoff-Elgin on Tuesday and Hartsville on Thursday, but the matches were reset due to travel restrictions with the winter storm earlier this week.
The Jackets are slated to wrestle in the middle school state qualifier at Fort Mill High School on Saturday.
The BMS Jackets qualified four at the Dec. 11 state qualifier at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill. The BMS state qualifiers include Zeb Polston, Scottie Moser, Ricky Hinson and Kris Self.
“We’re looking forward to the Fort Mill state qualifier,” coach Self said. “We’ve qualified four already and I feel like we can get possibly two or three more.
“They can get there if they continue to work like they have so far. That’s the key to our success,” Self said.
Varsity mat action
A pair of Indian Land High wrestlers placed in the annual Bearcat Invitational at Rock Hill High School on Saturday.
Rondreas Truesdale, IL’s junior 160-pounder, placed fifth in the two-day event. Marc Morris, the Warriors’ heavyweight, was sixth.
Both wrestlers also placed in the Mayplant Credit Union Holiday Classic at Lugoff-Elgin High School last month.
Truesdale had a fifth-place effort and Morris was third at L-E.
“Marc and Rondreas are our two strongest wrestlers and they’ve done well against some excellent competition at the Maybank tournament at Lugoff-Elgin as well as the Bearcats Invitational,” IL coach Herb Johnson said.
Lugoff-Elgin captured the Bearcat Invitational with 253 points. JM Robinson was second with 249.5 points. Rock Hill, Lake Norman and Sun Valley rounded out the top five.
IL placed 17th overall in the 23-team Mayplant field with 45 points. Host L-E won with 228 points followed by Chester, York and Fort Mill.
The Warriors were scheduled to wrestle in a quad match at Columbia High on Thursday, but the match was cancelled and will be reset later. IL is slated to host its annual dual tournament Saturday.
Lancaster High School also participated in the Bearcat Invitational, placing 17th in the 21-team field. Bruins’ senior 215-pound grappler Ervin Moore was second in his weight class.