Camden senior Steven Magazine celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday by pulling off the athletic accomplishment of his young life. He closed out a stellar season by winning the 130-pound championship at the Class 3A state tournament at Airport.
“Winning a state championship on your 18th birthday is probably about the best way to end your high school career,” said Bulldogs coach Stephen Satusky.
“A week ago, he took second at the Upper State qualifier, losing to Andrew Jenkins of Eastside 4-2. He spent the next six days preparing for a possible rematch in the state finals. In the finals, Steve rose to the occasion and came up with a 10-4 victory. It was really a close match. With about a minute to go Steven was able to put the icing on the cake with four points in the final minute.”
Magazine, who will wrestle in the North-South All-Star match, advanced to the finals for the first time with wins over Bluffton’s Mike Wetmore and Ryan Sparks. The win over Jenkins in the state rematch left Magazine with a 45-3 season record and 131 career wins.
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“Steven’s had a career that gotten better each year,” said Satusky. “As a freshman he struggled to even crack the starting lineup but he kept working to get better, and increased his win total every year. This season, he was pretty much lights out the whole year. Every time he stepped on the mat, we thought he was going to win. He was nearly automatic. Winning a state championship couldn’t have happened to a better person. He’s one of those student-athletes that every coach would love to coach because you know he will bring 110% effort each day and he leads the younger kids by example.”
Magazine’s state triumph was the 17th in Bulldogs history. He is the 15th Camden rep to end up on the top of the winner’s stand.
Teammate Will Long also came away from state with a prize – claiming the consolation title at 135. Long, who closed with a 31-7 record, beat Airport’s Trent Myers in the third-place final. He went 2-0 in the consolation bracket after fall in the semifinals against Ryan Koons of Bluffton.
Honus Madrid, the other Bulldogs entry, got off to a fine start at 125 with a first-round win over Brandon Salters of Myrtle Beach, but never recovered from a semifinal loss to North Myrtle Beach star T.T. Prayther in the semifinals. He was then eliminated by Berea’s Anthony Canzano in the consolation semifinals to finish with a 42-8 record.