Brookland-Cayce had the best Midlands performance at the Class 3A traditional state wrestling tournament in Anderson.
The Bearcats were the only area team to crack the top 10 in team matters – scoring 29 points to finish in ninth place in the final tabulations. B-C also had the top individual performances, thanks to Deonta Patterson and Cory Jump.
Patterson went 3-0 to secure his second straight 113-pound championship and close his career with a 38-1 senior season record. Patterson opened with solid decisions in his first two matches, and prevailed 4-1 against Emerald’s Conner Pirkle in the title bout.
Patterson is now the second Bearcat to finish with two gold medals at state, matching the feat of Blake Hudson who was a back-to-back champ at 275 (2001-02).
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Jump (35-8) went 3-1 to bag consolation honors and a bronze medal at 220.
Westwood’s Evan Carrigan was the other Midlands headliner with a dominant performance on the way to the 120 championship – the first by Carrigan and the first in Redhawks history. Carrigan, who finished with a glittering 58-1 record, pinned Bryan Jackson of Berkeley and dispatched region rival Kenyante Bush of Dreher, 11-1, before scoring a 6-0 decision over Eastside’s Charlton Clark in the finale.
Dreher and River Bluff were the only Midlands teams other than B-C to have two place finishers.
Bush (34-5) bounced back from the semifinal loss to Carrigan to claim consolation honors. Jason Carter (48-5) also picked up a third-place prize, but did it the hard way – winning three in a row in the consolation bracket after a loss in his first match of the tournament.
The Blue Devils finished 11th in the team standings with 27 points.
River Bluff capped a very competitive inaugural varsity season with fourth-place individual performances by Hakeem Ferguson (152) and Levi Wright (195). The Gators scored 21 team points, good for the 15th spot in the final standings.
Otherwise, Swansea’s Dylan Crossland (41-2) and Chapin’s Sam Holoday (50-10) were silver medallists at 126 and 160, respectively. Lower Richland’s Octavious Davis (40-6) and Camden’s Josh Thomas (40-8) were fourth-place men at 106 and 145, redpectively.