Lexington showed off its enviable depth last weekend by entering two teams in classic tournaments around the state.
The “A Team” had strong showing at the Southern Slam tourney hosted by Eastside. The Wildcats, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by scmat.com, finished in second place behind Archer GA in the team standings and had seven individual entries place. A second Lexington squad managed a sixth-place finish with five individual place winners at the Palmetto State Classic hosted by Irmo.
At the Southern Slam, Jackson Myers was the Wildcat star with a 5-0, championship run at 113 pounds. He was the lone Midlands representative to win gold or reach the championship finals. Otherwise, Walker Barfield went 6-1 and placed third at 132, Nate Meagher went 5-1 and placed third at 220, Andrew Carnes (5-3 at 195) and heavyweight Joey Perotte (6-2) both finished fourth and Jared Elliott (4-3 at 106) and Trev Comstock (4-3 at 132) had eighth-place finishes.
At Irmo, Javen Fenchel (152) and Billy Carson (285) claimed gold medals, Michael Manning (170) was a runner-up, Zach Brooks (132) was a consolation champion and Brennan Keys finished fourth at 113.
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Lugoff-Elgin was the only other Midlands team to crack the top 10 at the Southern Slam. The Demons just made the cut with 109.5 team points. L-E’s individual place men included Jerelle Hannah (5-2, 4th at 182), Harrison Kruger (5-2, 5th at 152), Wade Branham (5-2, 78th at 195), Allen Jenerette (4-2, 7th at 220) and Brandon Noel (3-3, 8th at 120).
White Knoll and Dreher were also on hand for the massive 39-team event. White Knoll managed 69 team points and had four individuals place – Patton Gossett (4-2, 5th at 285), Rian Burris (5-2, 7th at 106), Liam Smith (5-2, 7th at 152) and Emil Colin (4-3, 8th at 126). Dreher lone place winner was Kenyante Bush (3-3, 8th at 113).
Dutch Fork was the top local entry at the Irmo tournament. The Silver Foxes rang up 173.5 team points to finish third behind champion champion Ashley Ridge and Wando. Antoine Hammond (160) and Parjker Grizzle (138) were DF’s gold medalists, Kelly Kircher (126), Cortland Whitaker (220) and Justin Mitchell (145) all had second-place efforts.
Gilbert, which is making the jump to 3A this season, had a good showing. The Indians finished fourth in the 13-team field with 151.5 points and three finalists. Nathan Brazell (106) and Madison Leitner (113) claimed titles and Chris Dyer was second at 182.