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Bruin wrestlers look to improve

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LHS grapplers face tough stretch

By Robert Howey

 Lancaster High second-year wrestling coach Leon Boulware has been pleased with the work of the LHS grapplers for the better part of the 2012 season, but not their latest mat outing.

Lancaster competed in the annual May Plant Federal Credit Union wrestling tournament at Lugoff-Elgin High School over the weekend, Dec. 21-22, and Boulware could find little good about the Bruins’ effort.

“We didn’t wrestle well,” said Boulware. “We faced some good, tough competition, but we should have done better.

“The best part of the tournament was that we did go against some outstanding teams, and I feel in the long run, we will profit from it, but we didn’t have much to show outside of gaining some key experience,” Boulware said.

Lancaster, 10-3 on the season, will look for better results when they compete in the annual Bearcat Invitational at Rock Hill High School on Jan. 4-5.

“That’s another outstanding tournament and we will see some fine teams in that two-day event, so we will look to do better,” Boulware said.

Lancaster opens region play Tuesday, Jan. 8 when the Bruins will venture to Clover to face the Blue Eagles at 7 p.m.

“We have a tough month of wrestling coming up,” Boulware said. “We will find out what we’re made of. The key is for us to make strides over the holiday break and work on improving our technique.

“Right now, I consider us more of a dual match team, meaning we do well when we wrestle as a unit, but we also have to do well when we wrestle as individuals because a combination of both is what you need to improve.”

In the latest Class AAAA state wrestling rankings, five Region III-AAAA teams are ranked in the top 20. They include Rock Hill (No. 2), Fort Mill (No. 6), South Pointe (No. 12), York (No. 16) and Northwestern (No. 17).

1. Lexington

2. Rock Hill

3. Summerville

4. Hillcrest

5. Dorman

6. Fort Mill

7. Boiling Springs

8. Lugoff-Elgin 

9. Wando

10. Fort Dorchester

11. Beaufort

12. South Pointe

13. Ashley Ridge

14. Stratford

15. Cane Bay

16. York

17. Northwestern

18. White Knoll

19. Laurens

 20. Bluffton