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The Lancaster High School wrestling team will carry a huge boost of momentum into its Region III-AAAA mat opener Wednesday night at Northwestern High School of Rock Hill.
The Bruins, 8-3 overall, are coming off a third-place finish in the Eagles Invitational at Airport High School in Columbia on Thursday.
Lancaster, in five matches, posted a solid 4-1 mark.
“It was a tough field and we did well,” Lancaster High School first-year coach Leon Boulware said. “We’ve put in a lot of work over the holiday break and continued to make strides.
“Our technique was an area we gave full attention and we feel there has been progress in that area,” he said. “The Airport tournament was a good test for this team against quality teams and we responded well.
“I feel it puts us where we need to be going into the region schedule.”
Lancaster sophomore 195-pounder Quinshun “Bubba” Evans went 5-0 as did senior heavyweight Chris Stevenson.
Senior Jeff Strickland, a senior 120-pounder, was 4-1 along with Jeff Reed (172) and D.J. Harris (106).
Boulware noted Brandon Mosier (160), Patrick Sullivan (152) and Jordan Ribelen (145) each posted a 1-0 record in the Airport tourney.
Lancaster defeated Columbia High, 42-23; Blythewood, 70-6; Hanahan, 66-21; and Gilbert, 42-41.
The Bruins lone loss came to tournament host Airport in a 46-42 defeat.
“We were four points away from a possible first-place finish at Airport, so that’s encouraging,” Boulware said.
The wins over Hanahan and Columbia came over Class AA top 10 teams.
“Hanahan is No. 1 in Class AA and that was a quality win over a top-notch wrestling team,” said Boulware of the Bruins’ 45-point win over the Hawks.
The CHS Capitols are ranked No. 8 in the latest Class AA state wrestling poll by scmat.com
“We feel our effort puts us in good position as we ready for our region schedule,” Boulware said.