Warriors place four in L-E tournament

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Creeds leads IL effort with third at 160

By Robert Howey




 The Indian Land Warriors had four wrestlers place in the annual May Plant Credit Union Holiday Classic at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Saturday.

The tournament opened Friday night and concluded Saturday.

Logan Creed led the Warriors’ effort in the tournament, placing third in the 160-pound class.

IL senior Marc Morris, a 285-pound wrestler, was fourth.

Two Warriors each placed sixth in their respective weight classes.

Rondreas Truesdale was sixth at 170 and Michael Bryant was sixth in the 220-pound weight class.

Tournament host Lugoff-Elgin topped the field with 197 points. The Demons were followed by Chester 180.5, York 171, Fort Mill 163.5 and Summerville 163.

Indian Land was 15th overall with 84 points.

The most outstanding wrestler in the 106-145 weight class was Jordan Wigger of Summerville who captured the 120-pound title.

The most outstanding wrestler for the 152-285 weight classes was T.J. Dudley of Irmo, who won the 195-pound weight class.

The 7-7 Warriors, rated 15th in the Class AA state wrestling poll, are back in action for a three-way match at Providence Day of Charlotte on Jan. 3. The field also includes Myers Park, with the match to begin at 6 p.m.

Bruins in L-E field

The Lancaster Bruins didn’t have any wrestlers place in the Lugoff-Elgin tournament, but LHS first-year coach Leon Boulware was pleased.

“Overall, I thought we had a good tournament,” Boulware said. “We’re getting better and the tournament, with a strong field, gave us another chance to gain some quality time on the mat.”

LHS was 26th in the 30-team field in the two-day tournament.

Bruins’ senior Jeff Strickland, at 120, and sophomore Quinshun “Bubba” Evans, at 195, led the Lancaster.

“Both of those wrestlers competed well and were real close to placing, one match short,” Boulware said. “The competition was strong, but we battled through it.”

Boulware said he’s pleased with the team is at this point in the season.

“I’d like to be 6-0 because you always set high goals, but we’re making steps in the right direction,” he said. “Over the holiday break, we’re going to use the time off to get better.

“Our focus will be technique,” he said. “We have the physical part down, and it’s a matter of working on our technique.

“Week by week, we’re making progress,” Boulware said. “The key is the overall team attitude. The wrestlers want to improve and have success.”

Lancaster, 4-2 on the season, will compete in a dual tournament at Airport High School in Columbia, the Eagle Invitational, on Dec. 29.

“We will see some good teams there and look to do well as we build momentum heading into our region schedule,” Boulware said.

Lancaster opens the 2012 portion of its mat schedule on Jan. 4 when it visits Rock Hill to face Northwestern High School in its region opener.

LHS will also wrestle in the annual Bearcats Invitational on Jan. 6-7 at Rock Hill High School.

Jackets host Eagles

Buford is back in action Thursday when the Yellow Jackets host Conference IV-AA foe Central of Pageland.

The match is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

Buford is rated 19th in the latest Class AA state poll, with Central is ranked 17th in AA wrestling.

The Jackets are coming off a pair of region homes losses to Cheraw and Indian Land.

Following the match with Central on Thursday, the Jackets will open the 2012 portion of their schedule with a road trip to Class AAA foe Hartsville on Jan. 4.

The Jackets host Lewisville High School on Jan. 5.