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Bruins’ Evans 4th in state title quest

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Jordan Ribelin

 

 

ANDERSON – Lancaster High’s Quinshun “Bubba” Evans fell short of his goal of becoming Lancaster High’s  second South Carolina state wrestling champion on Saturday, March 1 in the Anderson Civic Center.

Evans, 45-0, notched a 7-4 win over Ashley Ridge’s Tyler Moore, 32-9, on Friday night, before falling, 6-2 in his semifinal match to Lexington’s Daniel Bannister, 39-1.

“It was absolutely devastating to see him finally lose, and I could barely believe it,” Evans’ teammate Matthew Brazzell said.

Evans rebounded with a 3-2 win over Fort Dorchester’s Joseph Hutchinson, 27-6, to set up a rematch of the Upper State finals against Lauren’s Ryan Hughes for third place.

Evans began the match with a four-point takedown, putting Hughes on his back 20 seconds into the match and giving himself an early lead.

Hughes battled back with an escape and a takedown to make it 4-3 going into the second period.

A second-period escape and takedown from Hughes and two back points, followed by an Evans’ escape made the score 8-5 heading into the third. Evans chose bottom, and with an escape, and a takedown tied the score 8-8

Hughes escaped from bottom and took the lead 9-8, leaving Evans looking for one more takedown.

It didn’t come, and Evans lost his second match of the year 9-8, finishing fourth in the state meet.

With a record of 46-2, Evans did not complete his goal of going undefeated and taking a state crown, but he did have the most successful season by a Lancaster wrestler since Brad Taylor won the only LHS state title 26 years ago.

“I feel I did not wrestle to my ability this weekend, and I know I could’ve been the one on top of the podium,” Evans said. “All in all, I had a great season, won 104 career matches, and I’m looking forward to trying my talents at the college level.”

“Bubba had a great season and represented Lancaster High at an amazing level,” Lancaster High coach Chas Mclaughlin said. “We wanted to get him this title bad, but fourth in the state is a great accomplishment and something to be very proud of.”

T.J. Deveaux of Stratford High in Ladson won the Class AAAA 182-pound title with a 5-2 win over Lexington’s Daniel Bannister.