Richland Northeast senior Shawn White closed out his solid wrestling career by winning the Class 4A consolation championship at 140 pounds last weekend at Lexington.
White, who made the cut for the third year in a row, finally earn the honor of getting up on the winner’s stand by going 3-1 in his final state tournament to bag third-place finish and close with a 32-6 senior record.
White opened with a 10-5 win over Dorman’s Kirby Tate in the first round on Friday. He was dominated by Fort Dorchester’s Seiji Borja in the semifinals, 16-5. Borja went on to win his second straight state title. White responded to the loss by winning two straight matches in the consolation bracket. His 3-2 decision vs. Stratford’s Christian Savarese assured him of his first state place finish, and he claimed consolation honors by nipping Wando’s Dallas McLendon, 5-4.
As a rults, White became the first Cavalier to crack the Top 4 at state in 11 years, dating back to Tron Daniel’s runner-up finish at 130 in 1998.
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Fellow senior James Bethel failed to join him on the winner’s stand. Bethel was pinned by Fort Mill’s Jonathan Miskelly in a 145 first-round bout, received a forfeit in the first round of the consolation bracket, but dropped a 3-1 decision to Blythewood’s Keith Harding in the consolation semifinals to be denied a place finish. Bethel finished with a 32-7 season record.