Braves top IV-AA field

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BHS’s Altman earns lower weights top wrestler

By Robert Howey




Cheraw edged Indian Land to take the Region IV-AA wrestling tournament title at Buford High School on Saturday.

The Braves compiled 39 points, while Indian Land had 37 to place second in the all-region tournament at BHS.

Central of Pageland was third with 26 points and Buford High  had 21 points. The host Jackets had eight wrestlers in 14 weight classes.

Indian Land had six wrestlers capture individual weight titles, while three Warriors placed second.

Taylor Pendleton (113, 3-0, two pins), Jared Smith (132, 3-0, 2 pins), Shawn Washington (138, 3-0, 3 pins), George Morris (145, 3-0, 1 pin), Logan Creed (152, 3-0) and Marc Morris (heavyweight, 3-0) led the Indian Land winners.

IL runner-up finishers included James Daley (106), Devin Curtsinger (120) and Jonathan Rowe (126).

Will Chapman (195) placed third in the tournament. Donovan Patterson (160) and Eric Taylor (170) each placed fourth.

“We took 12 wrestlers and had six champions and three runners-up, so it was a pretty good day for us,” Indian Land wrestling coach Rondale Truesdale said. “We picked up the intensity and were focused.

“We feel our tough schedule helped us prepare for a tough region race,” he said.

The Warriors will compete in the Class AA Upper State wrestling tournament on Saturday at Powdersville.

Jackets have two champs

Buford highlighted its Region IV-AA tournament showing with a pair of region champions.

Unbeaten Eric McPhearson, a BHS senior, captured the 160-pound region championship with a 3-0 mark – two decisions and a technical fall.

BHS junior Dylan Altman, in the 120-pound class, went 3-0 with two pins and a technical fall.

Altman was honored as the all-region MVP for the lower weight classes, 145-pound weight division and under.

“Dylan worked hard and wrestled hard,” BHS wrestling coach John Mahaffey said. “You can count on Dylan o be there when the match is on the line each time.”

Jackets’ 170-pounder James Mackey placed second with a 2-1 mark for the day. He lost in overtime on a decision.

Jeremy Broyles was second at 152, going 2-1 for the day, including a decision loss to Logan Creed at 152.

“We had eight wrestlers to compete in 14 weight classes and I thought we gave a solid team effort,” Mahaffey said.

BHS will compete in the Class AA Upper State individual wrestling tournament at Crescent High School on Feb. 17-18.

Mahaffey said he was grateful for the work of Jason Moser, the Buford Middle School wrestling coach who ran the tournament.

“The tournament ran real smooth and Jason did an outstanding job keeping things moving well,” Mahaffey said. “His wife (Sharon) also handled the concessions and did a great job for us.”

Mahaffey noted a highlight was Wayne Kersey and his wife Faye, the parents of late Indian Land wrestling coach Mike Kersey, presented Buford and Indian Land teams a check of $700 each from the Lancaster County Wrestling Fund.

Coach Mahaffey said the Yellow Jackets will use the donation to purchase a new wrestling mat for the BHS wrestling program.

“That’s a great start and we’re grateful for the gesture from the Kersey family,” Mahaffey said.

Bruins advance eight

Lancaster High School advanced eight wrestlers to the Class AAAA Upper State tournament after the Region III-AAAA tournament at Clover High School on Friday.

“Overall, we wrestled well,” LHS coach Leon Boulware said. “Some of our wrestlers beat some foes we had lost to earlier in the season, so we were pleased with that.

“It shows we’re making progress,” Boulware said. “Now we have to focus on the Upper State tournament and try to qualify for the state tournament.”

The Bruins, 13-7 for the season, were led by sophomore Jonathan Reid (113), senior Gabe Campo (132), Scottie Duncan (145), junior Desmond Hood (152), senior Jordan Hamrick (170),  junior Jeff Reed (182), sophomore Quinshun “Bubba” Evans (195) and senior Chris Stevenson  (heavyweight).

LHS will compete in the Class AAAA Upper State tournament Feb. 17-18 when the Bruins will seek to qualify for the state tournament in Anderson.