Sumter seniors Josh Sullivan and Shawn Armstrong closed out their fine careers at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament last weekend at Lexington.
Sullivan was the Gamecocks headliner, becoming the first Sumter entry to advance to the championship finals in 11 years. Sullivan, however, came up short in his bid to become the Gamecocks first state champion since Cleveland Pickney, one of Sumter High’s all-time great athletes, claimed a gold medal with a heavyweight title run heavyweight in 1997.
Sullivan dropped a tough 7-5 decision to Fort Mill’s Jonathan Miskelly in the 145-pound title bout to finish with a 47-6 season-season record and a 153-40 career mark. Sullivan is the program’s all-time leader in career wins. He went 1-2 at state a year ago at the same weight, missing out on a place finish by losing ion the consolation finals.
Armstrong finished on a bit of a down note, going 1-2 at 189 to miss the Top 4 cut for the second year in a row. He did, however, post his first state victory in the first round, nipping Clover’s Sam Curtis by a 3-2 margin.
Armstrong finished with a 42-5 record this season and 87 career wins.