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The second-ranked Indian Land Warriors upped their mat mark to 18-11 with a 60-24 win over Class AAAA foe York on Tuesday night.
The IL wrestlers used four straight wins in the middle part of their lineup to post the win over the Cougars.
The match was stalemated at 12-all, but the IL middle weights of Jared Smith, Jonathan Rowe, Logan Creed and Will Pendleton each posted a fall to boost the Warriors to an insurmountable 36-12 lead.
The Warriors won four of the final five weight divisions on pins from Trevor Jones, Thomas Harris, Rondreas Truesdale and Stefano Sojo to seal the win.
“Our middle weights gave us a spark with their run and we had some younger wrestlers come through for us,” Kersey said. “We’re hoping to peak for the playoffs, but we need our guys to keep working.”
Dakota Landrie and Reco Hayden each had a pin in the early going to boost the Warriors.
A week ago, IL went 1-2 in a three-way match, defeating Independence of Charlotte 57-26, but IL fell to Myers Park, 44-33 and Charlotte Catholic, 39-36.
IL hosted Charlotte Christian in a dual match for Warriors’ Parents Night on Thursday.
Kersey noted the Indian Land junior varsity and middle school teams will have three wrestlers in the Carolina Invitational on Saturday at Lexington High School.
The IL trio includes Rondreas Truesdale (145), Dylan Deese (150) and Mark Morris (heavyweight).
The IL Warriors will host the Class A Upper State duals tournament on Feb. 7. The 10-team field includes Buford, C.A. Johnson, Chesterfield, Christ Church, Indian Land, Landrum, Ninety Six, North Central, Ware Shoals and Whitmire.
IL60 York 24
171 – Dakota Landrie (IL) pinned Wylie (Y)
189 – Kimbrell (Y) pinned Cody Martin (IL)
215 – Reco Hayden (L) pinned Jackson (Y)
Heavyweight – Troutman (Y) pinned Josh Gray (IL)
103 – Jared Smith (IL) pinned Comer (Y)
112 – Jonathan Rowe (IL) pinned Jesse Greene (Y)
119 – Logan Creed (IL) pinned Jerry Greene (Y)
125 – Will Pendleton (IL) pinned Davis (Y)
130 – Dre Belton (Y) pinned Jesse Perez (IL)
135 – Trevor Jones (IL) pinned Cannon (Y)
140 – Thomas Harris (IL) pinned Donahue (Y)
145 – Rondreas Truesdale (IL) pinned Shelby (Y)
152 – Stefano Sojo (IL) pinned Lee Wells (Y)
160 – Montgomery (Y) pinned Twitty Davis (IL)