Dorman’s torment at Lugoff-Elgin in the first weekend of the Class 4A state wrestling playoffs came to an end Saturday.
The Cavaliers, who were eliminated by the Demons in the second round in each of the past two seasons, sent L-E packing with a 37-33 second-round win that was not as close as the final score might indicate. Dorman wrapped up the decision with a pin by Will Thomas at 152 pounds with five bouts still in the offing. The Cavs forfeited the final four weights.
Dorman and Lugoff-Elgin both had easy first-round wins before getting down to business. The Cavaliers downed Greenwood 54-18, while the Demons beat Northwestern 61-6.
“We were definitely the underdogs down here the past two seasons, but I think beating them in December (39-30) gave us the confidence that we could finally win and move on,” Dorman coach Chad Singleton said. “They were a roadblock for us, but today we broke through.”
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The Cavaliers, 17-3 and ranked No. 7 by scmat.com, are moving on to the third round of the playoffs for the second time in school history. Dorman advanced to the quarterfinals in 2009 before being expelled by Rock Hill.
“They’re going to be a tough team to beat — they’re experienced and rolling right now,” said L-E coach Evan Moxie, whose team finished with a 20-4 record and won the Region 4 championship for the third year in a row.
It was a rare early exit for the Demons, who failed to advance at least to the third round for the third time since the beginning of the dual meet playoff system in 1994.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but we have only four seniors so we’re still a young team,” Moxie said. “But what the guys coming back have to understand is that you have to bring it in the playoffs. Today we didn’t.”
L-E’s only wins in a head-to-head competition were courtesy of Trey Brassell and Seth Ham. Brassell produced a pin at 113, but the Demons lost the matches before Ham scored an 8-6 decision at 160 after the Cavaliers were assured of victory.
Dorman’s match point total featured five pins and one major decision among its eight head-to-head wins.
The highlight bouts were at 120 and 132. L-E’s Chris Jackson dropped a 9-6 decision at 120 to Hector Contreras, a two-time state finalist and the state champion at 113 in 2012. Jacob Cannon beat L-E’s Kahlil Cooke in overtime at 132, after losing to Cooke in OT at 138 in December.
285: Johnny Martinez (D) pinned Hakeem Young 5:57. 103: Luke Rutherford (D) dec. Larry Roby 14-2. 113: Trey Brassell (LE) pinned Levi Pettit 1:09. 120: Hector Contreras (D) dec. Chris Jackson 9-6. 126: Joshua Shewalter (D) pinned Andrew Mills. 132: Jacob Cannon (D) dec. Kahlil Cooke 6-4 (OT). 138: Ryan Glover (D) dec. Justin Miskin 12-5. 145: Ben Rutherford (D) pinned Dennys Colon 2:19. 152: Will Thomas (D) pinned Harrison Kruger 3:19. 160: Seth Ham (LE) dec. Mikelo Sekely 8-6. 170: Jalen McCaskill (LE) won by forfeit. 182: Jerrell Hannah (LE) won by forfeit. 195: Wade Branham (LE) won by forfeit. 220: Allen Jenerette (LE) won by forfeit.