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Warriors 2nd in tourney

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South Pointe edges IL for duals crown

By Robert Howey

Indian Land High School finished second in the fourth annual Indian Land Duals on Saturday afternoon in the Warriors’ gym.

Class AAAA South Pointe edged the Warriors 36-33 in the championship match of the dual tournament.

The event featured nine teams, with each competing in pool play before moving to the title match.

Indian Land, 16-9 on the season, defeated Ardrey Kell of Mecklenburg County, N.C., Cheraw, Sun Valley of Union County, N.C., and Nation Ford of Fort Mill.

“Overall, I felt we wrestled pretty well in the tournament,” IL coach Mike Kersey said. “We had some good wins to get to the title match.

“In the championship match, we couldn’t come through when we were in a position to win,” Kersey said. “Give coach Eddie Cook and South Pointe credit. They have a strong team and they’re well-coached.”

The Warriors were led by Thomas Harris, IL’s 140-pounder, and 125-pounder Jesse Perez, who went unbeaten.

The tournament opened at 9 a.m.

“Coach Herb Johnson and our parents did a great job leading the way in making the tournament run as smooth as it did,” Kersey said. “Coach Johnson’s work and the help of our parents and volunteers along with our facilities make this tournament what it is.

“We’re able to draw good teams and they’re able to get in five matches, which they want this time of year,” Kersey said

Buford went 2-3 in the tournament, defeating Sun Valley and South Meck. The Jackets fell to Northwestern, Ardrey Kell and tournament champion South Pointe.

BHS was led by 121-pounder Lain Adams and 127-pounder Rashad Cunningham, who each went unbeaten in the tournament.

Indian Land was slated to wrestle at home Tuesday night, but the match with Cardinal Newman, designated as Warriors’ parents night, has been canceled due to the winter storm and not reset.

Buford’s match with North Central was canceled due to the weather and will not be reset. BHS hosts Central of Pageland on Friday when the match will include a middle school match which begins at 6 p.m.

Buford Middle shines

The unbeaten Buford Middle School wrestling team, 10-0, produced a banner showing at the middle school state qualifying tournament on Saturday in Fort Mill.

The Jackets were led by Dylan Altman and Austin Harrison, who each won gold medals. Altman went 4-0 in the 100-pound class and Harrison was 4-0 in the heavyweight class.

Two other Jackets – 80-pounder Andrew Broome and 85-pounder Josh Langley were each 3-1 in earning silver medals. The top two finishers – gold and silver winners – advance to the state tournament in Lexington.

Buford Middle had two other wrestlers reap bronze medals. Jesse McPhearson was 4-1 at 115 and Zach Duncan went 3-1 at 170.McPhearson, Duncan and James Shehane, BMS’s 132-pounder, are alternate qualifiers for the state field.

“We took 14 wrestlers to the state qualifier and six placed with four moving on to the state tournament,” Buford Middle School wrestling coach Kris Self said. “The tournament drew 350 wrestlers, so I felt we had a great day and we’re looking forward to the state tournament in Lexington.”

Self is assisted by Jason Mosier.

Indian Land Middle School had two state qualifiers, 145-pounder Rondreas Truesdale and Dylan Deese at 162.