Early surge sparks Bruins' mat victory

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County Wrestling Roundup

By Robert Howey

The Lancaster High School wrestling team used a fast start to post its first region win of the 2011-12 mat season.


The Bruins, 10-5, bolted to a 40-4 lead on the way to the 46-34 Region III-AAAA win over Gaffney High School on LHS senior night on Friday night.

“Gabe Campo got us off to a good start with a pin at 132 and then we followed it up with a major decision from Scottie Duncan (138) and a pin from Devonta Montgomery (145),” said LHS coach Leon Boulware, who saw his team improve to 1-2 in region action. “After two region losses, it was good to get a region win and hopefully keep it going.

“I was proud of our seniors who posted six of our wins, with five by pins,” he said. “It was the seniors’ night and they responded for us. They really were pumped up to get a win in their last home match. I was happy for them.”

Campo had a pin along with Devonta Montgomery, Jonathan Barber, Jordan Hamrick and Chris Stevenson.

Scottie Duncan also had a major decision at 138 for the Bruins.

Freshman Adam Varney notched a pin for LHS.

“Having that early success was a key for us because Gaffney was able to finish strong and make it pretty close at the end,” Boulware said, “We were able to get the early lead and kept it.”

Lancaster is idle until Thursday when the Bruins travel to Spartanburg to face the Vikings in a 7 p.m. region match.

On Friday, the Bruins visit Class AAA foe Hartsville High School for a quad match at 6 p.m.

LHS 46 Gaffney 34

132 – Gabe Campo (L) pinned Nolan Cobb (G)

138 – Scottie Duncan (L) won a major decision over Nick Mabry (G)

145 – Devonta Montgomery (L) pinned Perry (G)

152 – Thomas Mabry (G) won a major decision over Desmond Hood (L)

160 – Adam Varney (L) pinned Josh Mathis (G)

170 – Jonathan Barber (L) pinned Logan (G)

182 – Jordan Hamrick (L) pinned Allen (G)

195 – Vonis Garris (L) won by forfeit

220 – Gaffney won by forfeit

Heavyweight – Chris Stevenson (L) pinned Jeremy Pinero (G)

106 – Austin Chandler (G) pinned Darius McIlwain (L)

113 –  Daniel Ruppe (G) pinned Jonathan Reid ((L)

120 – Childers (G) pinned Jeff Strickland (L)

126 – Jordan Barnhill (G) pinned Kyree Whetstone (L)

IL 2-3 in tourney

The Indian Land High School Warriors went 2-3 in the Indian Land Dual tournament on Saturday at IL High School.

The Warriors were seventh overall with wins over Marvin Ridge and South Mecklenburg.

Warriors’ wrestlers who went unbeaten included James Daley (106), 5-0; Jonathan Rowe (126), 5-0; and Rondreas Truesdale (170), 5-0.

South Pointe of Rock Hill captured the tournament title with a win over Clover High School.

The Warriors, 11-10, hosted Buford on Tuesday night.

Indian Land will wrestle at Columbia High School on Thursday where the Warriors will face Columbia and Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Jackets 1-4 in IL field

The Buford High School wrestlers went 1-4 in the Indian Land dual tournament at ILHS.

The Jackets’ lone win came in a 30-27 victory over Marvin Ridge.

The Jackets were led by senior 160-pounder Eric McPhearson, who stayed unbeaten on the season with five wins. His effort included three technical falls and a pair of pins.

Buford wrestled at Indian Land on Tuesday and will travel to Monroe High School (N.C.) for the Red Hawk Duals on Saturday.

Wrestling in the 12-team tournament begins at 9 a.m.

 Buford High School will host the Region IV-AA tournament later this month when the field will include Cheraw, Central of Pageland, Indian Land the Jackets.