Warriors place five in Bearcats' tourney

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Teams compete in Rock Hill mat tournament

By The Staff

The Indian Land Warriors’ wrestling team posted a ninth-place finish at the annual Bearcat Invitational at Rock Hill High School on Saturday.

IL, in the two-day tournament, had five wrestlers place to boost the Warriors’ finish.

“There was great competition in all weight classes,” Indian Land coach Mike Kersey said. “That’s what we wanted because we haven’t run from any competition this season.

“We want to go against the best to help us improve as a team.”

The Warriors’ ninth-place finish in the 26-team field put Indian Land in the top third. The field included elite teams from the Class AAAA and Class AAA ranks.

Indian Land was the lone school from the Class A ranks and there was no Class AA school.

Dillon Creed, at 145, was the Warriors’ top finisher, placing third. Thomas Harris was fourth at 140. Trevor Jones also was fourth at 135.

Dakota Landry was fifth at 189 and Jesse Perez was seventh at 125.

“We had a good group to place,” Kersey said. “Dillon lost in overtime in the semifinals. I hated to see him lose, but I think there are some situations he can work on and improve. You try to learn and improve from each situation.

“As a whole, we need to become more fundamentally sound,” Kersey said. “We will try to focus and keep working on those areas.”

Indian Land, idle for the better part of the week due to exams, is back in action Saturday for the annual IL Duals, a 10-team tournament.

“We have some outstanding teams entered and we look forward to the competition,” Kersey said.

LHS 18th in field

Lancaster posted an 18th finish at the Bearcat Invitational.

LHS senior 189-pounder Dawan Thompson placed second in his weight class.

Jeff Strickland, at 103, had a top 10 finish for LHS.

“We took 14 to Rock Hill for the first day and returned Saturday with seven,” LHS wrestling coach Terry Marshall said. “We’re a young team, but we felt we made some strides against a talented field of wrestlers.”

LHS wrestles at Buford on Thursday night at 7.