High School Sports

Crawford, McClester headline large Midlands contingent at all-star wrestling weekend

Lexington’s Kraig Crawford and Lugoff-Elgin’s Justin McClester headline a Midlands contingent of 19 senior wrestlers from the Midlands at the annual SWCA/Best Western Ocean Sands All Star Classic. The venerable season-ending event, which is the second longest running postseason event in the country behind Pennsylvania’s famed Dapper Dan Classic, runs this weekend at North Myrtle Beach High School.

The event features a South Carolina vs. Georgia dual match, along with a new tournament format for the in-state North-South competition.

Crawford, who went 52-2 this season and became the Wildcats first state champion in nine years, is the lone area rep on the South Carolina team. He’ll wrestler at 171 pounds against Jacob Williamson of Whitewater High. Like Crawford, Williamson earned one state gold medal and one silver during his career. Crawford finished with a 133-20 career mark with the Wildcats.

McClester, who earned his first state champion this season and closed his four-year career with a 164-24 record, will wrestler at 125 pounds on the North team. Camden’s Will Long, the other Midlands state champion picked to the all-star event, will be at 140 on the South squad.

Here is the Midlands roster of players in the North-South competition.

North - Justin McClester, Lugoff-Elgin (125); Shawn White, Richland Northeast (140); Ben Monroe, Chapin (152); Jeff Hoover, Gilbert (171); TJ Cayruth, Dutch Fork (215); Brandon Proveaux, White Knoll (215).

South - Barrett Owens, Chapin (119); Hampton Motley, Lexington (125); Horus Madrid, Camden (130); Blake Tillman, Lugoff-Elgin (130); George Holstead, Dutch Fork (135); Will Long, Camden (140); Josh Sullivan, Sumter (145); Will Graham, Lugoff-Elgin (152); Emerson Shaw, Chapin (152); Zach Howerton, Lexington (152); Josh Stevenson, Airport (152); Matthew Chapman, Gilbert (160); Jimmy Carson, Irmo (285).

The event was the brainchild of former Brookland-Caye coach John Checkovich.