A number of Midlands wrestling teams and individuals made jumps in the latest rankings released by scmat.com.
On the team side, Cardinal Newman jumped over Hammond and into the top spot in the SCISA poll, thanks to a 66-6 rout of the Skyhawks last week. The biggest jump of all was by Airport, which moved to 18th to No. 10 in the 3A poll. Dutch Fork moved up one spot to No. 3 in the 4A poll. The rest of the Midlands Top 10 teams either stayed put, who dropped slightly in the latest rankings. Lexington marinated the No. 5 spot in 4A, Lugoff-Elgin remained No. 2 in 3A, Gilbert slipped one spot to No. 6 in 2A and Chapin dropped one peg to No. 7 in 3A.
Individually, there are four No. 1 public-school wrestlers in the Midlands – White Knoll’s Brandon Proveaux at 215 in 4A, Dutch Fork’s George Holstead at 135 in 4A, Camden’s Will Long at 140 in 3A, Swansea’s Benjamin Willard at 119 in 3A and Chapin’s Stuart Hope at 103 in 3A.
Proveaux moved up from the No. 2 spot in December by going unbeaten in early January, including a win over former No. 1 T.J. Cayruth of Dutch Fork. Cayruth fell to No. 4 in the weight class. Holstead took over the top spot when Brandon Feix of Fort Mill officially dropped down to 130 pounds. Holstead was a state champion at 130 a year ago. Long replaced Greenville’s D.J. Jules after being ranked No. 4 in December. Willard was ranked third at 125 in December. Hope was No. 4 at 112 pounds in December, but is back at 103 now after he qualified for state at the lightest weight last year.
The biggest individual jump was by Irmo freshman T.J. Dudley, who went from unranked status to No. 3 on the 171-pound 4A list.
Cardinal Newman’s Cole McCarter (103), Talley Lattimore (135), John Bolchoz (171), James Williams (189), Rush Tompkins (215) and Greg Regan (285) received top SCISA billing. Heathwood Hall’s Preston Busbee (112), Charles Gray (119), Fripp Priouleau (125) and Jose Walker (145) and Hammond’s Guy Castles (130), Red Boyd (152) and Harrison Dobbs (160) are the other Midlands top-ranked men in SCISA.
Here are the other Top 3 wrestlers from the Midlands: Lexington – Steven Steinbacher (No. 2 at 103), Kraig Crawford (No. 2 at 189), Hampton Motley (No. 3 at 125), Alex Morales (No. 3 at 160) and Steven Dorrell (No. 3 at 215); Irmo – Kyle Manross (No. 2 at 125), and Jimmy Carson (No. 2 at 285); Richland Northeast – James Bethel (No. 2 at 145) and Shawn White (No. 3 at 140); Sumter – Josh Sullivan (No. 3 at 152); Chapin – Barrett Owens (No. 2 at 119), Nate Polly (No. 2 at 125) and Emerson Shaw (No. 3 at 160) ; Camden – Horus Madrid (No. 2 at 130); Lugoff-Elgin – Blake Tillman (No. 3 at 130); Airport – Josh Stevenson (No. 2 at 152) and Chris Phillips (No. 3 at 215); Gilbert – Zach Kennedy (No. 2 at 135), Matthew Chapman (No. 2 at 160), Jeff Hoover (No. 2 at 171) and Zac Watkins (No. 3 at 189); Mid-Carolina – B.J. Gibbs (No. 3 at 215).