High School Sports

Irmo earns only two state mat berths

Irmo had a disappointing showing at the Class 4A Lower State qualifying meet at Fort Dorchester. The Yellow Jackets had no entries advance to the championship finals, and only two men emerged with invitations to the state tournament this weekend at Lexington.

“It was a real disappointing performance,” said Irmo coach Kyle Kimrey.

The biggest blows to program pride came at 130 and 152 pounds were Kyle Manross and Devin Gosnell failed to make the cut. Manross, a state runner-up at 119 last season and ranked No. 3 at 130 by scmat.com, could not overcome the effects of an illness that sapped his strength. Gosnell, ranked No. 6 overall at 152 and the fourth-seed in the Lower State, simply fell short of expectations.

“It was a tough thing for Kyle, because he felt he had a shot at a state championship,” said Kimrey. “He did the best he could, but he was too weak from the illness to be anywhere near his best.”

Manross, Gosnell, Blane Bryant (135), Daniel Mecca (189) and Kasif Akram (152) were all eliminated in the consolation semifinals – one win short of making the cut.

Irmo’s lone state representatives are freshman T.J. Dudley (34-13 at 171) and Jimmy Carson (40-7 at 285). Dudley made the grade by winning the 171 Lower State consolation title, while Carson (40-7 at 285) finished fourth. Carson, a three-time state qualifier, was the state runner-up at heavyweight last year.