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Four of five Indian Land High School wrestlers placed in the Class A-AA state wrestling tournament at the Anderson Civic Center on Saturday, Feb. 23.
ILHS coach Rondale Truesdale said the Warriors finished third overall in the tournament with 54.5 points, behind overall winner Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School with 103 points and Newberry High School with 60.
The Warriors’ effort was led by a trio of wrestlers who placed third in their respective weight divisions. The Warriors’ threesome included Dalen Byerley, Dylan Deese and Devin Curtsinger.
Class A-AA Upper State champion Byerley finished third in the 113-pound weight class. An ILHS freshman, Byerley went 2-1 on the day to finish 47-2 on the season. He decisioned Pendleton’s Ben Lingerfelt, 10-3, to place third in the state field.
Warriors’ senior 182-pounder Dylan Deese, who earned a Class AA Upper State title, was also third in his weight class. Deese, who went 42-7 for the season, compiled a 3-1 effort Saturday, capping the day with a 7-3 decision of Liberty’s Tanner Chambers.
ILHS junior Devin Curtsinger came in third at 138 pounds, going 3-1 for the day. He captured a 4-2 decision over Battery Creek’s Brian LaBean to place third in the state field, with a 44-8 season record.
Taylor Pendleton, an ILHS junior, finished fourth in the 126-pound weight class. Pendleton was 2-2 for the day to end his season with a 44-8 record.
The Class A-AA Upper State runner-up, Pendleton fell to Class A-AA Upper State champion Alex Oaks of Abbeville, who edged him in a 7-0 decision.
Eric Komorous competed, but didn’t place in the 170-pound weight class.
An ILHS junior, Komorous was 1-2 for the day to give him a 38-7 record for the season. Komorous finished a match shy of placing in the 170-pound weight class.
“I thought we did pretty well and we have come a long way,” Truesdale said.
“We had some tough matches that just didn’t go our way,” he said of the state tourney. “Hopefully, we gained some confidence for next season. I’m glad to have the experience we gained. Now we know what to do.”
The Warriors, who finished the dual meet season at 21-11 and were ranked 11th in the final Class AA state poll by SCMAT, return four of the five wrestlers who competed in the Class A-AA state field on Saturday.