South Carolina Wrestling News

SC Wrestling News 2018-2019


Coaches, I have seen several emails about tournaments and just wanted to make sure all were working on the same timeline for events.

2019-20 is a fall back year in the HSL sports Calendar. You can find these dates on the HSL website... however here are some important for wrestling.

Nov. 4- first day of practice

November 23- first date you can do a preseason date

Dec. 2- first date of regular season matches

Regular season weekends
Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28
Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb. 1

If nothing changes... I believe all of us must have regular season matches completed by Tuesday, Feb. 4th. Be sure you dont have a region match scheduled for Wednesday February 5th unless your classification allows you that date to wrestle.

State Duals would be Feb. 8 to Feb 15

Upper State and Lower State individuals the weekend of Feb. 22

State championship Individuals Feb 28 and 29

Just a few more dates for some of you to set your calendar for wrestling...

Dec. 21 or January 11 would be Carolina Invitational Area tournaments.

Jan. 18 would be Carolina Invitational Sectional Tournaments.

Jan. 25 would be Carolina Invitational at Lexington

Feb. 1 would be make up snow day for Carolina Invitational (if needed)

Thomas M. Bell, CAA
Certified Athletic Administrator
Hillcrest High School
Athletic Director


2019 South Carolina Wrestling State Championships

February 22 and 23, 2019

Friday Schedule:

Weigh-ins: 10:00 AM –Class 3A

11:30 AM- Class 1A 2A

1:00 PM- Class 5A

2:30 PM- Class 4A

Session 1- Quarterfinals

11:00 AM – Class 3A

12:30 PM - Class 1A 2A

2:00 PM – Class 5A

3:30 PM – Class 4A

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.


LAS VEGAS, NV. – The Citadel wrestling team wrapped up competition at the Cliff Keen Invitational this Saturday.

Sawyer Root led the Bulldogs after going 4-2 on the weekend and defeating two top-ten ranked opponents. Root began the invitational by dropping a decision to number four ranked seed Stephen Loiseau of Drexel. Root would battle back to defeat No. 3 ranked Corey Giego of Oregon State with a decision of 4-0. He then won back-to-back matches, including defeating No. 8 ranked Jake Woodley of Oklahoma with a 6-1 decision. Root finished the second day of competition one spot out of placing.

"The competition in this tournament was very high quality. On the first day, we dropped matches but they came at the hands of ranked opponents which eventually went on to place in the final standings. We are proud of the way that Sawyer battled back to pull off some huge upsets and we will continue to grow from here," said head coach Rob Hjerling.

In the first round of consolations the Bulldogs earned victories in the 165, 197 and 285 weight classes.

165 - Dazjon Casto – MD (15-5) over Macoy Flanagan of Northern Colorado
197 – Sawyer Root – DEC (4-0) over Corey Griego (3) of Oregon State
285 – Michael McAleavey – DEC (3-2) over Omar Haddad of Hoffstra

The Citadel wrestling team will have a break until Dec. 20 when they travel back to Nevada to participate in the Reno Tournament of Champions.


RALEIGH, N.C. – Three Citadel Bulldogs finished in the top five while competing in the 2018 Wolfpack Club Open on Sunday, Nov. 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina on the campus of N.C. State.

157- Rian Burris took third place in his division after going 5-1 on the day. In his first bout, Burris defeated Ryan Yorkdale of George Mason by a pin in 4:47. He would go on to win two-consecutive matches with a major decision over Newberry and an 8-3 decision over Campbell's, Zachary Barnes. His only loss of the day came at the hands of Justin McCoy of the University of Virginia. In the third place match, Burris took the victory after an 11-7 decision over Adam Whitesell of Maryland.
197- Sawyer Root was the top finisher for The Citadel, placing second in the 197 bracket. Root went 3-1 on the day, suffering his only loss in the final bout to take the runner-up spot. All three of his victories came by decision, taking one from conference opponent Rodney Jones of Chattanooga. His other wins came at the mercy of UNC Chapel Hill and Old Dominion.
285- In the heavyweight bracket, Michael McAleavey fought back after dropping his first bout to take fifth place in his division. McAleavey garnered decisions against ODU, Newberry and a pair of conference opponents in Gardner-Webb and Davidson.


TROY, N.Y. – The Citadel wrestling team closed out the 2018 Journeymen Northeast Duals on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Troy, New York.

On the first day of competition, the Bulldogs dropped two duals by only two points before losing their final match to Drexel.

Dual Against Edinboro (Citadel 17, Edinboro 19)

Jake Rotunda picked up the first victory for the team in the 133-pound weight class with a 15-9 decision.
Rian Burris claimed another win with a 7-5 decision in a match up at 157.
Dazjon Casto recorded his first win as a Bulldog with a major decision finishing with a score of 17-6.
Sawyer Root and Michael McAleavey rounded out the dual with victories over their opponents at 197 and heavyweight, respectively.

Dual Against Sacred Heart (Citadel 22, Sacred Heart 24)
Chon Porter and Casto picked up 12 points combined for The Citadel after recording pins against Sacred Heart.
Root would record his second win of the day with a major decision against Fredericks of SHU.
Burris and McAleavey also picked up their second consecutive win on the day with decisions at 157 and heavyweight.

The Bulldogs would drop their third and final dual against Drexel after the Dragons recorded wins in all weight classes.

On the second day of competition, The Citadel wrestling team competed as individuals.

133- Paddy Kearney finished in third place in the 133C bracket after going 3-2 on the day. Kearney took his victories by a fall and decision.
149- Chon Porter went 3-2 on the day and would take third place in the 149D bracket after recording a pin in his second match.
Kearney and Porter were the top performers for the Bulldogs in the Journeymen Collegiate Classic.


Lander Wrestling adds six more to inaugural recruiting class
Nov 29, 2018
GREENWOOD – The Lander wrestling program will add six more freshmen to its first incoming recruiting class, head coach R.C. LaHaye has announced.

"This group of student-athletes represents some of the best wrestlers not only locally, but nationally," said LaHaye. "I am extremely excited to add this group of future Bearcats to our program. This group represents not just great wrestlers, but great student-athletes who want to join the culture that we are building here at Lander. I am also excited to welcome three student-athletes from our home state of South Carolina to the Bearcat family. The past few years, some of the best local athletes have been headed out of state to compete. We want to be a home for the best kids in South Carolina."

Signed Recruits: (sorted by projected weight class)

Austin Ross – Indian Land, S.C. / Indian Land High School – 2X High School State Champion – Projected Weight Class 125

Bryson Ethington – Taylors, S.C. / Eastside High School – 3rd Place SC State Championships – Projected Weight Class 157

Mitchell Thompson – Social Circle, Ga./ Social Circle High School – Georgia State Champion – Projected Weight Class 157

Angel Hernandez – Lakeland, Fla. / Lake Gibson High School – HS State Runner Up, NHSCA All American – Projected Weight Class 165

Zane Lanham – Hurricane, W.V. / Huntington High School – 2x WV State Champion, 2x NHSCA All American – Projected Weight Class 174/184

Ryan Humel – Blufton, S.C. / May River High School – South Carolina State Runner Up – Projected Weight Class 184/197


Lander unveils first wrestling signing class, featuring 10 signees
Nov 15, 2018
GREENWOOD – The Lander wrestling program celebrated its first National Signing Day with 10 student-athletes in its first recruiting class that will begin competing in the 2019-20 school year.

"I am very excited for the first crop of recruits in Lander wrestling history," said head coach RC LaHaye. "We have searched nationwide to find the best student-athletes possible to lay the foundation for the Bearcat wrestling program and I believe we have found them. The future for Lander wrestling looks very bright. As excited as we are about this first group, we are still recruiting hard all the way through the spring of 2019 and are still looking for student-athletes who want to be a part of something special as we build the Lander wrestling program."

Signed Recruits: (sorted by projected weight class)

Juan "Manny" Garcia – Tucson, Ariz. / Sunnyside High School – 2X High School State Champion

Ezekial Marquez – Silver City, N.M. / Silver High School – 3X High School State Champion Projected Weight Class 133

William Olivas – Tucson, Ariz. / Sunnyside High School / Grand Canyon University – 2X High School State Champion / Arizona Wrester of the Year 2014 Projected Weight Class 133

Joshua Maningding – Goose Creek, S.C. / Stratford High School – South Carolina State Runner Up Projected Weight Class 133/141

Chandler Smalley – Donalds, S.C. / Abbeville High School – 3X High School State Champion Projected Weight Class 141/149

Jordan Whelan – Madison, Ala. / Bob Jones High School – 7A State Placer Projected Weight Class 141/149

Marco Regalbuto – Broadview Heights, Ohio / Brecksville High School – 2x OH Div. 1 Placer 3rd, 5th / UWW All American Freestyle Projected Weight Class: 149

Myles Starke – Kingsland, Ga. / Camden County High School – Georgia State Champion Projected Weight Class 184

Noah Swift – Johns Creek, Ga. / Mt. Pisgah High School – Georgia State Placer Projected Weight Class 174

Darius Parker – Fort Myers, Fla. / Riverdale High School – FL State Runner Up, Super 32 All American Projected Weight Class 197


R.C. LaHaye named Bearcats' head wrestling coach
Jul 02, 2018
GREENWOOD – Lander has tabbed its first wrestling coach as athletics director Brian Reese announced the hiring of R.C. LaHaye on Tuesday.

LaHaye brings to Lander an impressive career both as a competitor and coach. LaHaye spent the past four seasons as the associate head coach at Newberry after serving as the first head coach for Grand Canyon's wrestling program for seven years.

"Today starts a new chapter for Lander Athletics with the hiring of R.C. LaHaye as our first head wrestling coach," said Reese. "Coach LaHaye brings a deep understanding of the sport and a passion for leading young men. This hire should give Bearcat fans great confidence that bright days are ahead for Lander wrestling."

"I would like the thank Brian Reese and President Consentino for the opportunity to start the wrestling program at Lander," LaHaye said. "I couldn't be more excited to hit the ground running and start recruiting the first crop of Bearcat wrestlers."

LaHaye played a key role in developing Newberry into a championship contender, helping lead the Wolves to three ECAC championships and an NCAA Super Region Championship in four seasons. Newberry went 41-14 in dual matches during LaHaye's tenure.

Prior to arriving at Newberry, LaHaye built the Grand Canyon wrestling program into a national powerhouse. In 2013, LaHaye had the nation's best wrestler in NCAA Division II Wrestler of the Year, Tyrell Fortune, who became the Antelopes fourth national champion in three seasons. GCU finished ninth in the team standings, its third straight top-10 finish. Mike Hamel earned NCAA II All-America status. LaHaye has coached 13 NCAA All-Americans. Along with the high marks on the mat, Kyle McCrite, who won a national title in 2012, was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Wrestler of the Year.

In 2012, GCU had two national champions and finished third overall. Along with McCrite, Victor Carazo took the top spot at 174. Two other wrestlers, Bobby Ward and Celic Bell, earned All-America honors. The season also saw the team set a new school mark for dual meet victories with 19.

In its final four seasons in Division II, GCU compiled a 62-23 dual meet record. LaHaye also excelled as a recruiter at Grand Canyon, compiling a pair of top-five classes in 2011 and 2012.

The Antelopes finished seventh in the NCAA Division II championships in 2011, taking seven wrestlers to nationals that year, another program-best. The team also won the 2011 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season championship. The team finished 17-4 in duals -- second most wins in the nation -- and won the final 14 head-to-head battles.

LaHaye had a decorated wrestling career at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. At Western State, he was a 2004 NCAA Division II All-American. He was also a three-time NCAA Academic All-American, three-time NCAA National Qualifier, three-time All-Rocky Mountain Athletic selection, as well as a Colorado Collegiate Champion. He was a member of the 2004 Western State squad that finished fourth in the nation.

Born and raised in Payson, Ariz., LaHaye wrestled for Payson High School under Hall of Fame coaches Dennis Pirch and Dave Lamotte. He was a three-time state champion and set a state record for career wins. LaHaye was a two-time High School All-American and team captain for three state championship teams.

LaHaye received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Adminstration from Western State College in 2005 and a Masters of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2010.


Lander Athletics announces addition of men's wrestling program
May 29, 2018
GREENWOOD – Lander Athletics today unveiled a plan to add a men's wrestling program to the athletic department.

Lander will become just the fourth NCAA Division II wrestling program in the state and will begin competition during the 2019-20 academic year.

"This is thrilling news for Lander as we continue to elevate and grow our athletics program," said athletics director Brian Reese. "Men's wrestling will bring an added element to our overall student-athlete experience and will give us another opportunity to field a progam that can compete at a championship level."

Lander will begin the process of seeking the program's first head coach with a national search that will conclude by July 1.


The SCWCA is pleased to announce the 2019 Best Western North South All Star Classic Coaches. The event will be February 28- March 2 2019 in North Myrtle Beach. Congratulations to these coaches.

John Harper- Woodruff
Herb Johnson- South Pointe
John Langenfeld- Union County
Austin Weathers- Blue Ridge

Kevin Emily- Midland Valley
Willie Nearhood- Stratford
Bill Parrish- Cane Bay
Paul Spence- Bishop England



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