Truesdale, Harris place in Bearcat tournament

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By Robert Howey

Lancaster High School wrestler Casey Truesdale and Indian Land High wrestler Thomas Harris each placed in the 26th annual Bearcat Classic at Rock Hill High School on Saturday.

Truesdale, the LHS heavyweight, was the runner-up in his weight class, while Harris finished third in his weight class.

"Casey has shown a lot of progress and this tournament reflects that," Lancaster High School coach Sam Robinson said. "He did well in the tournament. You can count on Casey and he responded with a big day.

"I'm proud of him," Robinson said.

Truesdale, in the two-day tournament, fashioned a 3-1 mark with three pins.

He is now 21-3 on the season. Truesdale's loss came to the Class AAA state champion out of Lugoff-Elgin.

Robinson added Dylan Sinclair and Tyrese White also competed well for the Bruins.

Lancaster High, 2-1 in region matches, wrestled at Fort Mill High on Tuesday, but the results were unavailable at press time.

See Friday's issue for a report on the match.

IL's Harris third

Indian Land High School junior wrestler Thomas Harris came back strong in the Rock Hill tournament Saturday.

Harris, 1-1 after the opening session Friday, returned to the elite tournament to post a 5-0 mark and place third in the 140-pound weight class with a 6-1 overall record.

"Thomas has been giving good effort and been a leader for us this season," Indian Land coach Mike Kersey said. "I was happy to see him do well.

"This tournament always has outstanding competition. Thomas was in a tough weight class and responded well," Kersey said. "He's worked hard to improve as a wrestler and he deserves the recognition. He wrestled well in a tough field."

Harris entered the tournament as a fourth seed, but finished a notch higher. Warriors' junior 215-pounder Tyler Quilia placed sixth.

He made it to the consolation semifinals, but defaulted with an injury.

"Tyler was injured and banged up and just couldn't make a go of it," Kersey said. "This season, the injury bug has been a factor for us. That's a part of it and all teams go through it, but we have to keep plugging on the mat."

Kersey added the Rock Hill tournament was a "great experience."

"We beefed up our schedule with some tough competition in order to help us for the conference schedule the second half of the season," he said. "In the long run, I think it will help us become a better team. Our losses have been to Rock Hill, Lugoff-Elgin and Chesterfield this season and that's a tough group. We've battled quality teams real well."

The Warriors, 5-3, were slated to face Conference III-A rival Chesterfield and Class AAAA foe Hartsville this week at CHS, but the tri-match has been moved to Jan. 16 due to semester exams.

The Warriors host their third annual Battle of the Border duals tournament this weekend in the IL gym.

The 12-team field features six North Carolina teams and six South Carolina squads, with two-time defending champion Weddington, N.C., set to defend its crown.

The format has four pools of three teams. The pool winners then advance to the championship round.

"Each team is guaranteed five matches, which is good experience for any team that's entered," Kersey said.