The season-ending traditional state wrestling tournament runs this weekend at Civic Center of Anderson.
Individual championships at each weight in three classifications will be up for grabs. Team standings will be kept. The S.C. Wrestling Coaches Association will recognize the classification winners, but not the High School League.
Action starts on Friday at 4 p.m. and on Saturday at 6 p.m. Championship finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
In all, 49 wrestlers from Midlands school have made the tournament cut. The list features state champion Lexington seniors Jackson Myers and Andrew Szalwinski, White Knoll senior Patton Gossett, Brookland-Cayce senior Deonta Patterson and Gilbert senior Madison Leitner.
Myers is shooting for his third state gold medal, this time at 126 pounds. Jackson prevailed at 113 last season and claimed his first title at 106 as a freshman. If successful, Myers will become the second three-time champion in program history – matching the feat of Clay Cavanaugh (1992-94).
Szalwinski is out to collect his second gold medal, this time at 132. He was the 120 champ last season after earning a silver medal at 113 in 2012.
Gossett is heavily favored to repeat at the Class 4A heavyweight champion. Gossett claimed the program’s seventh individual state championship last season and could become the second Timberwolves multiple winner. Brian Wolfe (2006-07) was the first WK man to bag two gold medals. He can also break a family tie with another title run. Older brother Asa was the big-school heavyweight champ in 2001.
Patterson ended a five-year individual title drought at B-C with a win over Gilbert’s Leitner and is back at 113 for another championship bid. If he pulls it off, he will become the Bearcats’ third multiple gold winner, following the lead of Blake Hudson (2001-02) and Raymond Brown (1971-72).
Leitner was the Class 2A winner at 103 in 2011, but was thwarted by region rival Patterson in his first season at the 3A level. He looks to make amends this year at 120.
Lexington and Swansea lead the Midlands state tournament with six qualifiers apiece. Dutch Fork and Columbia all advanced five to state. First-year River Bluff and White Knoll both have four qualifiers.
The complete list:
Lexington: Jackson Myers (126), Andrew Szalwinski (132), Trev Comstock (145), Michael Manning (170), Daniel Bannister (182), Andrew Carnes (195).
Swansea: Dylan Crossland (126), Darius Major (132), Skylar Smock (145), Quavon Cannon (170), Cody Wolford (195), Devin Johnson (285).
Dutch Fork: Aaron Burton (106), Kelly Kircher (126), Josh Davis (132), Parker Grizzle (138), Justin Mitchell (145).
Columbia: Sam Bennett (152), Louis Wilson (160), Kimone Shaw (170), James Kinlaw (182), Justin Frasier (195).
White Knoll: Hunter Lint (106), Rian Burris (120), Austin Palmer (138), Patton Gossett (285).
River Bluff: Corey Lorence (126), Hakeem Ferguson (152), Hunter Forsyth (182), Levi Wright (195).
Airport: Austin Watters (106), Rodney Keeter (145), Kaishawn King (220).
Brookland-Cayce: Deonta Patterson (113), Cory Jumpp (220).
Gilbert: Madison Leitner (120), Keith Dort (195).
Dreher: Kenyante Bush (120), Jason Carter (160).
Keenan: Kemondre Pauldo (132), Troy Brown (145).
Lugoff-Elgin: Chris Jackson (126).
Spring Valley: Brandyn Thompson (220).
Lower Richland: Octavious Davis (106).
Camden: Josh Thomas (145).
Chapin: Sam Holaday (160).
Eau Claire: Kareen Jones (182).
North Central: David Martin (220).
Pelion: Colt Bedebaugh (285).