South Carolina Wrestling News

SC Wrestling News 2018-2019



There is a new wrestling Club at Coker College.

Swamp Fox Wrestling Club is a state regional training center fall all ages, and styles. We provide year round instruction and training to wrestlers and those interested in picking the sport up.

Our first practice is this Sunday, October 14, and as long as they have an active USA wrestling card their first practice is free.

Our walk in prices at $10 per practice
Monthly $35
Three month $75
1 year $400
and team rates that can be discussed with myself

our facebook page:

Derrick Nelson
Head Wrestling Coach


Sunday, September 2nd - wrestling clinic in Columbia, SC with former Olympic wrestler Ike Anderson.

1988 Greco-Roman Olympic wrestler Ike Anderson, from Lower Richland H.S. in Columbia, will be at the Warrior Warehouse 7230-A Middle Street Columbia, SC on Sunday September 2nd from 3pm-5pm to do a free wrestling clinic before he goes to coach at Senior Worlds. The Warrior Warehouse is located off Two Notch Road across the street from the Pizza Hut and behind Sue Beauty.

Anderson was 6th at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea in Greco-Roman wrestling (62 kg). Anderson won three U.S. National titles in Greco-Roman wrestling, was a national runner-up four times, and took silver at 62 kg at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.

Anderson attended Appalachian State University where he qualified for the NCAA Championships and earned degrees in recreation and physical education.

SCMAT article from 2007 on Ike Anderson


Congratulations to Jake Stewart of Bamberg-Ehrhardt for being recognized as the NWCA State Head Coach of the Year. John Hiers of Bamberg-Ehrhardt was also recognized as the NWCA State Assistant Coach of the Year.

NWCA Scholastic Coaches of the Year


Congratulations to the Wrestling USA Magazine Senior All Americans from SC!

Jake Hart, Fort Mill

Jacob Brasseur, Lexington
Cole Murphy, Liberty
Kohl Gagum, Bamberg-Ehrhardt
James Gainyard, Bamberg-Ehrhardt


Congratulations to Jacob Brasseur of Lexington on being the 2018 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award State Winner from SC!


Head Wrestling Coach Robert Hemingway announces Invitation Only Tryouts/Campus Tour Allen University Men's Wrestling Tryout Information Date: Saturday, April 21st Time: 8:30am - 2:00pm Location: John Hurst Adams Gymnatorium-1516 Pine Street This is an INVITATION ONLY tryout. **All participants need to have an Allen University application on file BEFORE attending tryouts** All participants must bring an unofficial transcript, a copy of your unofficial SAT/ACT scores, signed waiver form, a current physical, be registered with the NAIA clearinghouse, and have already taken or plan to take the SAT/ACT. To try out, bring all wrestling gear, as well as running shoes. Also, confirm that you will be participating by sending Coach Hemingway an email by the deadline of April 19, 2018, if there is no email the athlete CAN NOT tryout. If you have any further questions, please contact Coach Hemingway at or (803)354-8257. **NO SPECTATORS**


Congratulations to the All-Americans from S.C. at the 2018 NHSCA Nationals!

NHSCA Senior All-Americans
2018 120 6th Jacob Brasseur (Lexington)
2018 152 2nd Jake Hart (Fort Mill)
2018 170 3rd Dazjon Casto (Fort Dorchester)
2018 220 5th Cole Haile (Chapin)

NHSCA Sophomore All-Americans
2018 170 5th Walker Stephenson (Hillcrest)
2018 195 6th Chase Barnes (Eastside)
2018 220 2nd Cody Fleming (Ninety-Six)

NHSCA Freshman All-Americans
2018 285 4th Drake Davis (Lugoff-Elgin)
2018 285 5th Trayvon Jamison (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)

NHSCA Middle School All-Americans
2018 165 4th Javin Hackett
2018 180 4th Karrington Charles
2018 112 7th Matteo Vargo

SC Seniors finished 7th in the nation!
1 NY 247
2 OH 208.5
3 CA 197.5
4 VA 161.5
5 CT 127.5
6 NC 117
7 SC 110.5
8 PA 109.5
9 GA 106.5
10 IL 100.5

SC Sophomores finished 8th in the nation!
1 PA 367.5
2 NJ 238.5
3 FL 214
4 GA 188
5 CA 174.5
6 NY 163
7 OH 118.5
8 SC 110.5
9 NC 109.5
10 VA 108.5

SC Juniors finished 33rd in the nation
SC Freshman finished 18th in the nation
SC Middle School finished 14th in the nation


60 kg / 132 lbs - Xavier Johnson (former Edisto H.S. wrestler) wins Greco-Roman Bronze Medal at Grand Prix Zagreb Open in Croatia


Here is Vol. 2 of my book Pathfinder which is dedicated to African-American wrestlers who have made their mark on the world and contributed to the success of our great sport.

Below, I have attached the promo as well as my website.

Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of PATHFINDER are one of a kind!

Order at:

Kevin Emily
Special Education/Read 180
Head Wrestling Coach
Midland Valley HS


March 15, 2018

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College is pleased to announce the hiring of Derrick Nelson as the Cobras' head wrestling coach, Dr. Lynn Griffin, vice president of athletics and athletic facilities announced today. Nelson returns to Coker after competing for the Cobra wrestling team from 2014-16. In addition, Nelson earned his bachelor's and Master's degrees from Coker College. Nelson is the third head coach in program history.

"We are excited to have Derrick at the helm of the wrestling program," said Griffin. "Derrick brings the recruiting and wrestling experience to the program that will aid him in continuing to build upon the strong foundation of Coker wrestling. I look forward to watching the program flourish under his direction."

Nelson returns to Coker after serving as the assistant coach at King University this past season. While at King, Nelson was involved in all phases of the wrestling program including conditioning, strength training, practice planning, and recruiting. His time at King was highlighted by coaching two All-Americans this past season at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Before King, Nelson had a brief stint at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., where he was the interim head coach. In the first year of the program, Nelson helped Northeastern finish in the top 25 of the national tournament as three Plainsmen qualified for the national tournament. Northeastern finished with one All-American and three academic All-Americans.

"I first want to thank my parents, Dave and Heidi for dragging me all over the country to wrestle," said Nelson. "I would like to thank my sister Ali for being my biggest fan in my career. I want to thank Dr. Griffin, President Wyatt and the whole Coker Athletics Department for believing in me to do this job. Finally, I want to say it feels great to be back home at Coker, leading the team and school that has done so much for me."

Prior to coaching at Northeastern, Nelson was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Coker College where he helped with the recruitment of student-athletes. While wrestling at Coker, Nelson ranked in the top 10 of NCAA Division II in the 2015-16 season while being selected All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and earning academic All-America honors.

Before arriving at Coker as a student-athlete, Nelson wrestled for the University of Pittsburgh where he was a 2013 Varsity Letterman and an Eastern Wrestling League Freshman All-Academic selection. In high school, Nelson was a two-time PIAA state wrestling place winner at Waynesburg High School, located in Waynesburg, Pa.

As mentioned, Nelson graduated with his Bachelor of Art-History from Coker and also earned his Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Coker.


2018 South Carolina Wrestling State Championships

February 23 and 24, 2018 at Anderson, SC Civic Center

Friday Schedule:
Weigh-ins: 10:00 AM –Class 4A
11:30 AM- Class 3A
1:00 PM- Class 1A 2A
2:30 PM- Class 5A
Session 1- Quarterfinals
11:00 AM – Class 4A
12:30 PM - Class 3A
2:00 PM – Class 1A 2A
3:30 PM – Class 5A
Session 2- Semifinals
6:30 PM – 2A/1A & 5A (on Mats 1, 3 & 5)
6:30 PM- 3A & 4A (on Mats 2, 4 & 6)

Saturday Schedule:
Weigh-ins : 8:00 AM all classes
Session 3- Consolation Rounds
9:00 AM- 2A/1A & 5A (on Mats 1,3 & 5) and 4A & 3A (on Mats 2, 4 & 6)
11:00 AM- same for Consolation Semi-Finals
1:00 PM- same for Consolation Finals
Session 4 – Championship Finals
4:30 PM Mat 1: 1a/2a Mat 2: 4A Mat 3: 5A Mat 4: 3A
Awards : Presented after 113 is complete

Cost: $6.00 Friday and $8.00 Saturday. **** Coaches tell parents cash only.

If you are looking down from head table, mats on left side for semifinals and Consolation rounds 5A and 1A/2A. Those on right will be 4A and 3A.

Finals will be: 1A/2A top left 3A top right 4A bottom left 5A bottom right.


Xavier Johnson (USMC) - 2016 University Greco-Roman National Championship - 59 KG - 4th place. (Wrestled at Edisto)


Southern Grind January 19-20, 2018 LakePoint Indoor Sports Complex Cartersville, GA

The 2017-2018 Folkstyle Tour of America returns to Georgia for the Southern Grind in Cartersville, Georgia, at the LakePoint Indoor Sports Complex. Southern Grind offers Folkstyle competition for Bantams, Intermediates, Novices, and Middle Schoolers.

Registration is now officially open so please visit

USA Wrestling does not charge for adjusting weight classes, even at weigh-ins, so sign up today to guarantee your spot in the event! The event will be capped at 1,200 wrestlers.

Limited Folkstyle Athlete Memberships as well as Full Athlete Memberships will be accepted for ALL divisions for the 2018 Southern Grind. To purchase or renew your membership now, please visit


Rock Hill Bearcat Girls
Folkstyle Wrestling Challenge
Sunday December 3 at Rock Hill High School
320 W Springdale Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

1. This is an all girl wrestling tournament.
2. Must have a USA Wrestling Card -
can be purchased online at
3. Age groups preK - 12th grade
4. Weigh-ins from 8:00 am to 9:30 am
5. Weights and age will be grouped to max bouts.
6. Clinic from 9:30 am til 10:30 am
7. Wrestling will begin after clinic.
8. Register and Pay on site.
9. Registration is $15 and spectater entry is $5.
10. Concessions will be available
11. Top 3 placers get medals.
12. Uniforms - singlets are preferred but not necessary
13. Head Gear is required.
14. Must weigh-in in uniform (what you will wrestle in)
15. Please email any questions/to advise you are participating.

Robert Delgado
(864) 871-5804


Stratford had to cancel the Stratford Invitational on December 2nd.


The The South Carolina Wrestling Coaches Association (SCWCA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Best Western All Star Wrestling Classic Coaching staff. The SC North South all star event is one of the longest consecutively running all star wrestling events in the country. The event will be held from March 1-3, 2018 at North Myrtle Beach High School.

Marquis Camp - Westside
Jarrod King - Whitmire
Chauncey McElheney - Clover
Nick Mountz - Greenwood

Skip Parker - Fort Dorchester
Jason Sandifer - Dreher
Steve Sisk - Airport
Tim Wash - Cane Bay

Congratulations to these coaches!


Noah North of Lugoff-Elgin was named the 2017 winner of the Dave Schultz Award for Excellence for South Carolina.


Coach Kevin Emily released a book over the summer ... go check it out at


-DeAndre' Johnson from Limestone College(Battery Creek High)- 2017 NCAA D2 National Champion(157lbs) AND Most Outstanding Wrestler Award

-Tim Dudley from U. of Nebraska(Irmo High) - 2017 NCAA D1 All-American @184(3rd Place)

-Matthew Rudy from Limestone College(Cane Bay High) - 2017 NCAA D2 All-American @197(6th Place)


HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker College wrestling team had two members named to the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic team for the 2016-17 season, the association announced today. Walker Barfield earned second team honors, while Jordon Garlow was named to the Honorable Mention team.

Walker Barfield earned All-Academic second team honors with an outstanding 4.0 GPA. The senior business administration major finished with a 1-3 record this season and was the only wrestler named to the All-Academic teams who accumulated a 4.0 GPA. Barfield is a native of Lexington, S.C. and is the son of Ben and Julie Barfield.

Jordon Garlow was named to the All-Academic honorable mention team with a 3.10 GPA. The junior business administration major finished the season with a 10-10 record and was second on the team in pins with six. Garlow is a native of Smithfield, Va. and is the son of George and Barbara Garlow.

The 2016-2017 Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team consists of 186 student-athletes from 47 universities and colleges. Thirty-eight members were named to the first team, 62 members to the second team, and 86 were named as honorable mention. In order for a student-athlete to be nominated to the Division II All-Academic Team, he needed to have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. He must also be in at least his second full year at his school, be a varsity member on his team or a key reserve, demonstrate a degree of skill and have a minimum of two letters of recommendation (academic advisor and coach) submitted on his behalf.


NHSCA Nationals with Placers from SC

Middle School Nationals
100 LBS Aidan Jurey 6th Place
90 LBS Chandler Amaker 7th Place
85 LBS David Hunsberger 8th Place

Freshman Nationals
220 Cody Fleming 3rd
182 Jake Fernicola 7th
145 Walker Stephenson 6th

Sophomore Nationals
220 LBS Owen Trephan 1st Place

Junior Nationals
220 LBS Qumari Jackson 7th Place

Senior Nationals
195 LBS Eddie Smith 1st


SC Wrestling News 2016-2017