Despite making the jump up to Class 4A for the first time, high-level goals remain in tact at Lugoff-Elgin.
The Demons, fresh from winning the Class 3A state championship – the fifth in school history but the first in seven years, fully expect to be a contender in the much tougher classification.
“We have the team makeup of a contender,” said Evan Moxey, who guided L-E to a 21-3 record and back to the Promised Land in his first season in charge. “We will need some things to work out in our favor, but at the end of the season I believe that we will be right in the hunt for another state title.”
It’s easy to be optimistic when a team boasts such a wealth of quality returning wrestlers. The list features senior Tony Murphy (41-11 at 125), senior Dreshon Wood (12-13, at 130), junior Alonzo Grant (42-11 at 135), senior Parker Singleton (32-17 at 145), junior Jacob Burr 152 (22-10), senior Will Connell (31-4 at 171) and senior Theo Shepard (40-10 at 215).
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Grant and Connell are the state champions in the fold. Grant was a winner last season, while Connell was upset in the finals after claiming 171 honors as a junior in 2009. Murphy and Sheppard both qualified for state for the first time and earned consolation honors at their respective weights.
Moxey said freshman Lake Stephens (103), freshman Chris Jackson (112), sophomore Corey Edenfield (160) and sophomore Allen Jenerette (285) are impressive underclassmen.
The Demons will compete for a region championship against a tough 4-4A field that includes Dutch Fork, Irmo, Spring Valley, Blythewood, Richland Northeast and Ridge View.