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Warriors 5-4 in tourney at South Pointe

By Robert Howey


The Indian Land Warriors posted a 5-4 record in the Border War Duals at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill where the event was held Jan. 3-4.

The Indian Land wins included 45-22 over Lancaster, 46-30 over Northwestern, 42-37 over Central Colorado, 46-30 over Lugoff-Elgin and 54-24 over Keenan High School of Columbia.

The IL Warriors’ losses were to Aynor, 54-27, Piedmont (Union Co., N.C.), 37-36, South Pointe 39-30 and Monroe (Union Co., N.C.) 39-36

Indian Land High School wrestling coach Rondale Truesdale said the tournament was a good opportunity for the Warriors.

“The tournament was an opportunity to go against some excellent competition, with nine matches over two days. Coming out of the holiday break, we needed the work as we prepare for the remainder of our schedule, including our own duals tournament this weekend  and our tough region schedule ahead,” he said.

Indian Land is ranked eighth in the latest Class A-AA state wrestling poll.

Indian Land standouts in the South Pointe High Border War Duals field:

Eric Komorous 9-0 (including 5 pins, 1 major decision)

Dalen Byerley 9-0 (including 4 pins, 1 technical fall, two decisions)

Devin Curtsinger 8-0 (including 5 pins, 3 decisions)

Taylor Pendleton 7-2 (including 3 pins, 1 major decision)

Richie Wilkinson 6-3 (including 4 pins)

Will Van Hoose 5-4 (including 3 pins, 2 decisions)

Austin Currence 5-4 (including 2 pins)

George Morris 4-2 (including 2 pins, 1 decision)

David Ovecka 4-5 (including 4 pins)

Dylan Curtsinger 4-5 (including 3 pins)

Nick Sheheen 4-4 (including 1 decision)

u Indian Land scored 46 points and placed 34th in the 52-team field at the USMC Seahawk Slam held Dec. 20-21 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island in Savannah, Ga.

The lone Warriors’ wrestler to place was Dalen Byerley, who finished third in the 120-pound weight class where he posted a 5-1 mark in a field, which included teams from South Carolina and Georgia.

Byerley is ranked No. 1 at 120 in the latest Class A-AA individual rankings, according to SCMAT, the state high school wrestling website.

Devin Curtsinger is No. 1 in the 152-pound weight class in the Class A-AA individual state rankings.

Brandon (Fla.) High School, ranked in the top 10 in the nation, captured the Seahawk Slam, running away with the team title while crowning nine individual champions,

Camden County (Ga.), the defending champion, finished a distant second in the 52-team tournament.

Indian Land hosts its annual Warrior Duals on Saturday, Jan. 11. The weigh-in is at 9 a.m., with the tournament to begin at 10.