UNION COUNTY — The Union County wrestling team placed fourth at the Hillcrest Invitational Tournament, with each wrestler competing at a higher weight class.
The Union County Yellow Jacket wrestling team placed fourth out of 12 teams wrestling in the Hillcrest Invitational wrestling tournament. Coach Jon Langenfeld said each of the wrestlers were wrestling up a weight class.
“After Christmas, when the (South Carolina High School League) gives the wrestlers their two-pound growth allowance, they will be able to wrestle at a lower weight class,” Langenfeld said.
Varsity medals were awarded to LJ Thompson (second place, 120 pounds), Zy Stewart (third place, 132 pounds), Dontea Brandon (third place, 152 pounds), Grayson Lancaster (third place, 195 pounds), Debo Woods (first place, 220 pounds), and Cam Lott (second place, heavyweight).
JV medals were also awarded to Nate Lindsay (first place, 220 pounds), Cain Foster (first place, 170 pounds), Rico Thomas (third place, 160 pounds), Jordan Kershaw (second place, 152 pounds), Jaquan Dawkins (second place, 145 pounds), and Jaquan Glenn (first place, 120 pounds).
Thursday night, the Union County wrestling team was scheduled travel to Greenville to wrestle J.L. Mann High School and Wade Hampton High School at J.L. Mann High School. Today (Saturday), the team is scheduled to travel to Crescent High School in Anderson for boarder duals against teams from Tennessee and Georgia.
“We schedule tournaments all across the Upstate so our kids can meet the best competition around,” Langenfeld said. “That’s how you can tell if you are a good wrestler or not.”
During the holiday break, the team will travel to Chester for a quad match on Dec. 21, and they will compete at the Holiday Slam Tournament on Dec. 29 at Dorman High School and on Dec. 30 at Greenwood High School.
Langenfeld said this was where his team really began to catch fire last year, winning 16 straight duals matches in late December and January.
“I think the potential is here for us, as long as the kids keep buying in and can stay healthy,” he said.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128.