Notebook: Blue Devil Invitational wrestling

January 11, 2011 

Chapin dominated the local headlines at the annual Hardee’s Blue Devil Invitational wrestling tournament hosted by Dreher last weekend.

The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A by scmat.com, rolled to the team championship with a total of 209.5 points. York was second with 186.5 points. Dutch Fork (162 points, 3rd place), Sumter (150.5, 5th), Dreher 107.5 (8th) and Irmo (89, 9th) were the other Midlands entries to crack the Top 10 at the 29-team affair.

Chapin also led the way individually with four solo championships and four other place finishes. Stuart Hope (119), Nate Polly (135) Chase Owens (140) and Scott Swindell (152) all went 4-0 on the way to earned gold medals. Chandler Owens (103) and Devin Lawrence (189) both came away with runner-ups honors and 3-1 records. Elsewhere, Cody Brundage went 4-1 and finished third at 145 and Ryan Moore finished 3-1 and reached the consolation finals round at 171 pounds.

Sumter’s performance featured four finalists and two champions. Hayden Raabe (145) and Trevor Jahnke (215) both struck gold with 4-0 records, while Korey Paige (135) and Koree Pollard (275) both accepted silver awards for 3-1 performances. The other Gamecocks highlight was the 6-1 showing by Peyton Chappell at 130. He reached the consolation finals, but no third-place match was wrestled.

Dutch Fork parlayed better depth to finish in third place and secure Midlands runner-up honors. The top Silver Foxes finished were 4-1, third-place efforts by A.J. Finley (135), Collin Studenmeyer (140) and Brandon Quattlebaum (189). Teammate chipped in with a 5-2, fourth-place performance at heavyweight.

Dante Martin, Chris Green and Sheldon Melvin were the Dreher leaders. Martin went 4-1 and advanced to the consolation finals at 171, but no third-place match was wrestled. Green went 3-2 and finish third at 215. Melvin went 4-2 at 125 but fell just short of placing.

Brandon Corley’s 4-1. second-place effort at 160 was the big story for Irmo.

Here are some other Midlands notes:

Airport - The Eagles finished 12th with 73 teams points. Antoine Kelly was the Airport star, going 4-0 to claim the 171 title. Adam Welch (4-2 at 135) also had a solid showing.

Gilbert - Chris Dyer’s fourth-place finish at 160 helped the Indians finished in 14th place with 68 points.

Richland NE - The Cavaliers finished 15th with 67 points, and Brandon Benitez took individual team honors with a fourth-place showing at 135.

Columbia - Mikel Nelson’s 5-2, fourth-place effort at 119 helped the Capitals finish 16th with 65.5 points.

Swansea - The Tigers placed 17th with 60 points. No Swansea entries placed. Kaylin McCardon (3-2 at 125) was the best solo showing.

Spring Valley - Daniel Hart’s 5-2 record was good for fourth place at 125. The Vikings finished 18th with 58.5 points.

Hammond - Guy Castles (4-2 at 152) was the headliner for the SCISA Skyhawks, who finished tied for 19th with 58 points.

Brookland-Cayce - Jahsaar Williams led the Bearcats with a 5-1 showing at 171. He reached the consolation finals, but his third-place bout vs. Dreher’s Dante Martin was cancelled. B-C finished 21st in the team standings with 45.5 points.

Ridge View - The Blazers placed 22nd with 45 points, while K.C. Braddock (125), Tabari Jordan (135) and Spencer Byrd (152) shared individual team honors with 3-2 records.

A.C. Flora - The Falcons finished with 22 points, and Tyan Vereen (3-2 at 189) was the individual leader.

Camden - The Bulldogs posted with 20 points, and Michael Wall (140) and JeDarius Hayes (215) shared the individual team lead with 2-2 records.

Keenan - The Raiders finished with 18 points, and Dyrell Coe (2-2 at 171) was the individual leader.

Heathwood Hall - Harrison Pendarvis salvaged Highlanders pride by going 3-2 at heavyweight.

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