Warriors pace county grapplers in AA Upstate tourney

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Prep wrestling roundup


The Indian Land High School wrestling team, coming off a strong showing in the Class AA Upper State duals tournament, leads the Lancaster County contingent to the Class AA Upper State individual tournament this weekend.

In addition to IL, Buford and Andrew Jackson are also sending wrestlers to the Class AA Upper State individual tourney.

The Warriors will send eight grapplers to the two-day tournament, which opens today and continues Saturday at Liberty High School.

The Warriors, 26-12 on the dual season, advanced to the Class AA Upper State semifinals before falling to eventual Upper State champion and state runner-up Liberty High School on Feb. 8.

The Warriors are led by 182-pound No. 1 seed Eric Komorous, a Region IV-AA champion who sports a 36-2 record.

The Indian Land grapplers also have a pair of No. 2 seeds, 120-pounder Dalen Byerley and 145-pounder Devin Curtsinger.

Byerley, 41-2, and Curtsinger, 37-4, each captured region crowns.

George Morris, a region champion at 152, is seeded fifth in his weight class with a 24-9 record.

Other Warriors slated to compete in the Class AA Upper State tournament include 170-pound region champion David Ovecka, 12-13, along with Nick Sheheen, 12-15 at 106; Dylan Curtsinger, 21-16 at 126; and Will Van Hoose, 30-18 at 195.

“With this group, I feel we have a good shot at placing and qualifying for the state,” IL coach Rondale Truesdale said. “We wrestled well in the Upper State duals tournament and I feel that experience will help us. We just have to go and take care of business.”

Buford has six Jackets wrestlers bound for the Class AA Upper State field.

The Jackets are led by 106-pound Region IV-AA champion Devon Craig, 26-10,  along with freshman 195-pounder Dakota Barton, 27-9 and a region champion.

The BHS six includes junior Ronnie Watts, 21-14, 120; junior Jonathan Mackey, 19-13, 138; sophomore Scottie Moser, 29-4, 160; and freshman Davis Teague, 22-16, 170.

“This is a young group with no seniors, but I feel three or four have a chance to qualify for the state,” BHS coach John Mahaffey said. “I’m optimistic about them, but with a young group, if nothing else, the experience is going to benefit them.”

Andrew Jackson High, in its second season of varsity wrestling, has five grapplers entered for the Upstate field.

The Vols are led by Dalton Allen, a sophomore with an AJ first-ever region title and 27-6 record.

Dalton Haven, a freshman 138-pounder, is 32-2 after finishing as a region runner-up.

The AJ quintet also includes freshman 145-pounder Isaiah Roberts, 14-10; junior 152-pounder Antonio Truesdale, 16-16; and sophomore 195-pounder Lucas Hunter, 6-10.

“I know the competition will be tough, so we will have to earn our way,” AJ wrestling coach Rob Tomalis said. “I’m optimistic about this group and I feel they will be competitive. I hope we have some state qualifiers.”

The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the Class AA state tournament at the Anderson Civic Center on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1.