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Warriors, Jackets post solid efforts

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Wrestling Roundup

By Robert Howey

Indian Land and Cheraw each posted five individual winners in the All-Region IV-AA wrestling tournament at Buford High School on Saturday, Jan. 26.

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Buford, which hosted the tournament for the second straight season, registered four winners to earn all-region honors.

In the overall points, which were based on top four finishes, Cheraw, the No. 2 team in the latest Class A-AA state poll by SCMAT,  led with 51 points, with the host Buford Jackets second at 47 points.

Indian Land followed with 44 points and Andrew Jackson, as a highlight in its first-year program, was fourth with 19 and Central of Pageland had 18.

The Warriors’ all-region wrestlers as the top finishes in their respective weight divisions included Thomas Seamon (108), Dalen Breyerly (115), Taylor Pendleton (126), Devin Curtsinger (140) and Eric Komorous (172).

“I wish we could have had more winners, but overall it was pretty spread out and shows the balance in this region,” IL coach Rondale Truesdale said. “I’m satisfied with what we were able to accomplish in a tough field.”

David Ovecka was the runner-up in the 195-pound weight class.

Buford earned four titles for all-region laurels, including Dylan Altman (134), Scottie Moser (154), Jeremy Broyles (184) and Matt Bass (197).

The Jackets earned second with 47 points with four second-place finishes. The Jackets who were runners-up included Garrett Johnson (147), Josh Mullens (172), Brandon Carnes (222) and Nick Jones (122).

Andrew Jackson, which hosted the region tournament the week prior, had two wrestlers place in the top four.

AJ’s Michael Nobles was second in the heavyweight class at 1-1, while Dalton Allen was third in the 126-pound weight class. Armando Rivera went 1-3 to finish fourth at 120.

“Those wrestlers did well for Andrew Jackson and gave them something to build on in their first year,” said tournament host coach John Mahaffey of Buford. High School. “This is a great achievement for them to build on. This tournament was great experience for them. Andrew Jackson has shown great improvement since the start of the wrestling season.”

AJ coach Rob Tomalis said he was pleased.

“I’m hoping our success and the experience we’ve gained is going to spark us,” he said. “These are building blocks for our wrestling program.”

 The Class AA Upper State duals tournament is Saturday at Powdersville High School in Greenville.