UNION COUNTY — Coach Jon Langenfeld said he could not be prouder of the season his Union County wrestling team has had so far, as they are ranked No. 11 in the state.
“Words can’t express how proud I am of my coaching staff and my wrestlers,” Langenfeld said following the team’s senior night, which he said could not have gone better.
The win during the team’s final home match put them at 6-0 at home.
“Undefeated at home!” Langenfeld said with delight. “This is the first time UCHS has gone undefeated at home, and it’s the first time we’ve had six home matches!”
Union County defeated Broome 55-20 and defeated Chester in overtime, meaning they would head to region championships the following night.
“It was a perfect ending to a great night,” Langenfeld said.
The team fell to South Pointe in team region championships, which made them second in Region III-3A.
The team’s final home win also secured them a home playoff match when individual season duels begin on Feb. 6. Union County will take on Chester for the individual Upper State qualifier.
Langenfeld said he was confident in the team at the beginning of the season, but they continued to improve and sometimes surprise him.
“They just kept getting better and better throughout the entire season,” he said.
After Christmas break, the team had a record of 26-3, and they had a 24-match winning streak in duels matches.
Langenfeld also mentioned he was extremely proud of the team’s third-place win at what he said was a huge tournament at Heathwood Hall in Columbia. Union County went 4-1 overall in that tournament. Langenfeld said the team finished within the top three spots in every tournament in which they competed.
“That’s what you get when the kids can believe in it and buy into what you’re trying to do,” Langenfeld said. “They are family. They stay together Fridays before matches. It’s just been great.”
Langenfeld said others have no choice but to take notice of Union County’s wrestling talent.
“We started out unranked, and now we’re No. 11 in South Carolina,” he said. “This season has definitely been a great ride.”
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