Irmo senior heavyweight Jimmy Carson secured his first championship at the Yellow Jackets’ own Palmetto State Classic wrestling tournament last weekend, capping a 4-0 showing with a pin against Fort Mill’s Garrett Passatore in the final bout of the two-day event.
Carson, who was the state runner-up at 285 last season and finished with a 17-5 record, placed second at the PSC last season. He also started as a sophomore, but missed the early-season event in 2006 because he was a member of the Irmo football team that was playing for a state championship on the same day.
Kyle Manross, Devin Gosnell and Brenton Womack also had place finishes at the PSC. Manross finished second at 130 pounds, Gosnell was third at 160 and Womack was fourth at 215.
Manross, coming off a 29-8 season that featured a state runner-up performance at 119, was handed a 20-3, technical fall by Fort Mill’s Brandon Feix in the tournament finals. After opening with two pins, Manross rated a title shot by beating Dutch Fork’s John Brannigan 6-2 in the semifinals.
Gosnell, a transfer from Wade Hampton (Greenville), rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to win four straight matches on his way to a consolation championship. He went 5-1 in the tournament.
Womack rallied for a first-round loss to reach the consolation finals before falling 4-2 to Lugoff-Elgin’s Cody Humphries.
T.J. Dudley (171) and Blane Bryant (140) both finished with 2-2 tournament records.