Brandon Proveaux became the eighth man in White Knoll history to earn a place finish at the state wrestling tournament last weekend at Lexington, going 2-2 to rate fourth place at 215 pounds in Class 4A.
Proveaux, who had gone 0-4 in two previous state visits, finally got on the board with a 9-5 win against Patrick Thompson of South Pointe in first-round action on Friday. On Saturday, Proveaux dropped a 12-2 decision to Wando’s D.J. Davis in the semifinals, but assured himself of a first state place finish by defeating Rock Hill’s Reuben Valazquez 8-3 in the consolation semifinals. He then lost by injury default in the conslation finals against Dutch Fork’s T.J. Cayruth.
Proveaux finished with a 37-7 senior season record.
Fellow senior Skylar Walker failed in his bid to rate a place finish, going 1-2 at 130 pounds to close out a 36-17 campaign. Walker topped Nation Ford’s Stewart Snodgrass in the consolation round opener, but a 9-2 loss in the consolation semifinals to Berkeley’s Keith Johnson ended his quest for a third- or fourth-place finish.
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White Knoll has produced at least on state place finisher every season since finally breaking through in 2003.
Here are the program’s Top Four men though the years:
Brian Wolfe – 1st at 130 in 207; 1st at 125 in 2006. Clayton Blackstone – 2nd at 130 in 2005; 4th at 119 in 2004; 4th at 112 in 2003. Trey Moss – 2nd at 215 in 2004; 3rd at 215 in 2003. Stephen Davis – 3rd at 103 in 2006. Cameron Reinberg – 2nd at 215 in 2007. Thomas Speers – 2nd at 160 in 2008. Shane Lee – 3rd at 125 in 2008. Brandon Proveaux – 4th at 215 in 2009.