The Chapin High wrestling team continues a busy week of action by hosting a tri-meet tonight against 2A schools Gilbert and Woodruff. The Eagles will then take part in the Silver Foxes Invitational tournament this weekend at Dutch Fork.
Chapin is off to a 2-0 dual meet start in Scott Harmon’s return season as the head coach. The Eagles defeated Spring Valley 57-18 on Tuesday, and opened the season with a 40-31 conquest of neighboring Dutch Fork on Dec. 3.
Harmon’s team, which is ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by scmat.com, finished seventh last week at the Palmetto State Classic tournament at Irmo.
Emerson Shaw, Ben Monroe, Barrett Owens, Zach Quansey, Cory Cromer and Nick Wohlers all had individual place finishes at the blue-chip tournament.
Shaw, a two-time state qualifier, was the only Chapin entry to reach the championship finals. He finished second after dropping a 10-7 decision to Thomas Mockridge of Fort Mill in the 160-pound final. Shaw closed with a 3-1 tournament record.
Monroe, another two-time state qualifier, bounced back from a semifinal loss to eventual 152 champion Jonathon Miskelly of Fort Mill to claim the consolation title. He beat Fort Dorchester’s D.J. Ford 5-2 to secure third place honors and close out a 4-1 tournament performance.
Barrett Owens, a three-time state qualifier and last season 3A runner-up at 112 pounds, finished 4-2, and finished fourth at 130. Not bad, considering Owens lost his first match of the tournament and won four consolation bracket bouts in a row before having to forfeit the third-place final for medical reasons.
Otherwise, Wohlers finished 4-2 and finished fourth at heavyweight, Cromer was 3-2 and took fourth place at 185 and Quansey was 2-2 and placed fourth at 140. Quansey scored a wild, 13-12 decision against Irmo’s Blane Bryant to assure himself of a place finish.
Owens had a 38-6 record last season, Shaw finished at 26-10 and Monroe checked out with a 38-10 mark a year ago.