The Chapin wrestling team, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A by scmat.com, improved to 11-1 by going 5-0 on the way to the championship at the Patriot Duals event hosted by J.L. Mann in Greenville last weekend.
The Eagles have only faltered against defending Class 4A state champion Rock Hill in dual matters so far.
“We have done well against some good competition,” said coach Scott Harmon.
“We are awfully young with eight of our starters being either freshmen or sophomores, so we are still developing as a team. We put together a tough schedule so our kids would see some of the best teams in the state and I think that has helped in our progress.”
Seven Chapin entries went undefeated at the Patriot Duals, including Nate Polly who went 4-0 at 130 pounds and was named the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weights (103-145). The other unscathed Eagles were Cody Brundage (5-0 at 145), Scott Swindell (5-0 at 152), Cory Cromer (5-0 at 189), Stuart Hope: (4-0 at 112), Chase Owens (4-0 at 135) and Chandler Owens (2-0 at 103).
Polly and Hope, who are both juniors, have the highest individual rankings on the team by scmat.com. Hope, a two-time state qualifier and the 2009 state champion at 103, is currently No. 2 at 112. Polly, a two-time state place finisher, is No. 1 at 135, but has settled in at a lower weight. Polly was the runner-up at 125 last year in his first season at Chapin. He finished fourth in 4A at 112 in 2008 when he was at Lexington High.
Seth Stevens (4-1 at 160) and Devin Lawrence (3-1 at 171) also had solid showing at the Patriot Duals.