Cardinal Newman’s wrestling team gets the chance to show how much ground it has gained on reigning SCISA kingpin Hammond tonight. The Cardinals host the four-time defending champion Skyhawks and Orangeburg Prep in a triangular meet that begins with the headline match at 6 p.m.
“It’s going to be a real challenge, but it’s one we’re looking forward to,” said CN coach Eric Goff, whose team has finished second to Hammond in the SCISA dual match playoffs in each of the past two seasons.
The Cardinals sport a 9-1 match record, losing only to Gilbert. Goff’s team has felled public school teams Sumter, Camden, Airport, Brookland-Cayce and Orangeburg-Wilkinson along the way, and finished second to Gilbert at its its own Cardinal Holiday Classic tournament.
CN’s standouts to date have been Cole McCarter (12-0 at 103), Alex Geurin (11-2 at 130), Talley Lattimore (11-1 at 135) and Joey DeAngelis (10-2 at 152).
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Hammond, meanwhile, is in rebuilding mode, but is still ranked No. 1 among independent school programs by scmat.com.
The Skyhawks veteran leaders are freshman Matthew Kay (112), sophomore Guy Castle (130), junior Bradford MacGillivary (140), junior Reb Boyd (152), junior Harrison Dobbs (160) and sophomore Westin Verner (189).
Lattimore and MacGillvary are both three-time SCISA champions, and Kay was the 103-pound champion last season as an eighth-grader.
Goff hopes senior James Williams, a two-time SCISA champion is ready to go after sitting out the first month of the season while recovering from a football injury.