The Maybank Credit Union Holiday Classic wrestling tournament features 31 teams from around the state this weekend at Lugoff-Elgin. It is the largest invitational tournament staged in the Midlands this season.
The Midlands contingent features the host Demons, neighboring Camden, Sumter, White Knoll, Airport, Brookland-Cayce and Richland Northeast.
The rest of the field includes Marion, York, West-Oak, Darlington, Carolina Forest, Seneca, North Myrtle Beach, J.L. Mann, Greenville, Bluffton, Conway, Clover, Chester, Greer, Indian Land, Edisto, Laurens, Pickens, Aynor, Berkeley, Battery Creek, Dorman, Broome and Lake City.
The quality field features eight team that are ranked in the Top 10 in various classifications – Logoff-Elgin (No. 2, 3A), Bluffton (No. 3, 3A); Hilton Head (No. 4, 4A), Battery Creek (No. 5, 3A), Dorman (No. 8, 4A), West-Oak (No. 9, 3A), Airport (No. 10, 3A) and Edisto (No. 10, 4A).
The featured individual in the field are:
103 - Ryan Solomon, Bluffton (1-103, 3A); T.J. Branham, Lugoff-Elgin (2-103, 3A). 112 - A.J. Irby, Greer (1-112, 3A); Marqual Griffin, Greenville (1-112, 3A). 119 - Josiah Conrad, Seneca (1-119, 3A); Jonathan Wright, Greer (2-119, 3A). 125 - Eric Rholetter, West-Oak (1-125, 3A). 130 - Blake Tillman, Lugoff Elgin (1-130, 3A). 140 – Giazzi Segarra, Dorman (1-140m 4A); D.J. Jules, Greenville (1-140, 3A); Will Long, Camden (2-140, 3A). 145 - Rocky Williams-McClure, Hilton Head (1-145, 3A); James Bethel, Richland Northeast (2-145, 4A); Joseph Winkler, West-Oak (2-145-, 3A). 152 - John Hunnicutt, West-Oak (1-152, 3A); Casey Poston, Aynor (1-152, 2A). 160 - Tyler Rosenlieb, Bluffton (1-160, 3A). 171 - Davis Partin, Camden (2-171, 3A).189 - Taylor Collins, North Myrtle Beach (1-189, 3A). 215 - David Beck, Hilton Head (1-215, 3A); Brandon Proveaux, White Knoll (2-215, 4A); Rico Hayden, Indian Land (2-215, 2A). 285 - Dylan Hannon, Hilton Head (2-285, 3A).
Rholletter is a three-time state champion at the 2A level, and is making his bid to become just the six man in SC mat history to retire with four straight state championships on his resume.
Lugoff-Elgin is coming off a good showing last week at the Outback Steakhouse tournament at North Myrtle beach. The Demons, who moved up two spots to No. 2 in the latest Class 3A rankings by scmat.com, finished in second place with 188.5 points behind 4A powerhouse Fort Dorchester.
Justin McClester (125) and Tillman (130) were the headliners, winning individual honors. The Demons had no individual champs at the Palmetto State Classic event while finishing in fourth place. McClester was a runner-up at the first tournament of the season, and Tillman was not entered.
Branham finished second at 103, Will Myers was third at 140, Will Graham was fourth at 152 and Will Connell was shared third place at 160. It was the second runner-up tournament finish in as many tries for Branham.
“As far as my team’s performance is concerned, we have been very sporadic,” said L-E coach Kevin Knoerr. “We have good performances, and bad ones. I hope we will be improving by January.”