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Chester shot to a 30-6 lead and stayed in control for a 53-27 win over Lancaster on Thursday night in the CHS gym.
The Bruins rallied to slice the gap to 29-18, but Chester, the No. 2 team in Class AAA, posted four wins in the final six matches to gain the 26-point win.
“I saw a lot of good things in this match,” LHS coach Leon Boulware said. “We were facing the No. 2 team in Class AAA and it shows where we are.
“We can’t get better unless we wrestle better teams,” he said. “In four matches, we had the lead, but were later pinned.
“The key is getting more mat time and experience,” he said. “For our first time out, we did well.”
Boulware noted the LHS middle school teams swept its three-way match, defeating Rawlinson Road of Rock Hill and Chester.
“I was really proud of those wrestlers,” Boulware said. “That’s our feeder program and success can only help build confidence.”
CHS 53 LHS 27
106 – Darius McIlwain (L) won by forfeit
113 – Graham (Ch) pinned Jonathan Reid (L)
120 – Gore (Ch) won on a technical fall over Tobias Blackmon (L)
126 – Boyd (Ch) pinned Jeff Strickland (L)
132 – Patton (Ch) pinned Paxton Simpson
138 – Taylor (Ch) pinned Gabe Campo
145 – Demonta Montgomery (L) pinned Clark (Ch)
152 – Scottie Duncan (L) pinned Gaffney (Ch)
160 – Davis (Ch) pinned Desmond Hood
170 – Dixon (Ch) pinned Jonathan Barber (L)
182 – Jordan Hamrick (L) pinned Pendergrass (Ch)
195 – Quinshun Evans (L) decisioned Preston (Ch)
220 – K. Dixon (Ch) pinned John Bush (L)
Heavyweight – Thompson (Ch) pinned Chris Stevenson (L)
The Bruins will be at home Tuesday for a quad match with Buford, Camden Military and Lewisville.