LAURENS — Fort Mill qualified six wrestlers for the individual State Championships this weekend and crowned three champions at the Upper State tournament at Laurens High School.
The state tournament will be over two days starting Friday and finishing Saturday evening at the Anderson Civic Center and will not only feature the 4A classification, but both the 3A and 2A-1A classifications as well. There will be 27 wrestlers from York County at the state tournament. The top four from each of the 14 weight classes qualified.
A third of those come from Rock Hill High, which qualified nine of the 14 wrestlers it brought to the Upper State wrestling tournament. Fort Mill and York both qualified six wrestlers, while South Pointe qualified three, Clover qualified two and Nation Ford qualified one.
Despite sending nine wrestlers to the state tournament next week, Rock Hill didnt have a single wrestler win an Upper State title. The team with the most local titles was Fort Mill, which had three wrestlers Tyler Turner (120), Nick Leitten (145) and Zach Dulcie (hwt.) all coming away with Upper State titles.
This is do or die, said Fort Mill head coach Chris Brock. We had some guys that came with the intention of being state champions. We felt like we should have qualified more, but this is a tournament you cant relax at all at.
Turner beat Dormans Hector Contreras 8-4 to win the Upper State title, while Leitten beat Byrnes Charlie Conner 3-0 to clinch his title.
Dulcie beat Dormans Johnny Martinez 5-1 to win the heavyweight division.
York also crowned an Upper State champion at 126-pounds in Robert Cunningham, who beat Fort Mills Jake Strong in the finals.
Fort Mill also qualified Eddie Byrams, who finished third at 113-pounds and Nigel Bostick, who finished fourth at 138-pounds. Byrams beat Hillcrests Nathan Roberts to finish third and Bostick lost to Woodmonts Varlee Kelleh to finish fourth.
The last of the local Upper State champions was Clovers 220-pound wrestler Zach Conrad, who beat Nation Fords Josh Driscoll in the finals by pinning him in the third period. Driscoll was the only Falcons wrestler to qualify for the state tournament next week.
Nation Ford had to scratch one of its wrestlers, Michael Allen, who was injured in practice leading up to the tournament.
2013 State Tournament qualifiers
Key: Boiling Springs (BS), Byrnes (Byr.), Clover (C), Dorman (Dor.), Easley (Eas.), Fort Mill (FM), Gaffney (Gaf.), Hillcrest (Hil.), JL Mann (JLM), Laurens (Lau.), Nation Ford (NF), Riverside (Riv.), Rock Hill (RH), South Pointe (SP), Wade Hampton (WH), Westside (Wst.), Woodmont (Wmt.), York (Y)
106: 1) Zack Clary, Gaf., 2) Alex Roberts, Hil. 3) Devon Faile, RH, 4) Jordan Bakeman, Eas. 113: 1) Trevon Davis, Byr., 2) Logan Sexton, RH, 3) Eddie Byrams, FM, 4) Nathan Roberts, Hil. 120: 1) Tyler Turner, FM, 2) Hector Contreras, Dor., 3) Coleman Southard, Y, 4) Jonathan Contreras, BS. 126: 1) Robert Cunningham, Y, 2) Jake Strong, FM, 3) Joey Antoine, Wst., 4) Gabriel Fehrenback, Riv. 132: 1) Grant Snyder, Hil., 2) Cole Rumfelt, Y, 3) Mike Miller, SP, 4) Jacob Cannon, Dor. 138: 1) Cameron Pike, SP, 2) Spencer Thomas, BS, 3) Varlee Kelleh, Wmt., 4) Nigel Bostick, FM. 145: 1) Nick Leitten, FM, 2) Charlie Conner, Byr., 3) Chris Workman, Wmt., 4) Bishop Ashley, RH. 152: 1) Will Thomas, Dor., 2) Robert Mills, RH, 3) Cole Gregory, C, 4) Cody Simpson, Byr. 160: 1) Thomas Mabry, Gaf., 2) Rainey Moore, Y, 3) Dionell Plasencia, WH, 4) Kris Hughes, RH. 170: 1) Ellison Sanders, Hil. , 2) Christian Maroni, Dor., 3) Cody Childers, RH, 4) Scott Roudabush, BS. 182: 1) Corey Morgan, SP, 2) Ryan Hughes, Lau., 3) Ian Shannon, JLM, 4) Afton Walker, RH. 195: 1) Austin Crocker, Lau., 2) Cameron Bell, RH, 3) Chance Kelley, Y, 4) Landon Sayegh, Hil. 220: 1) Zach Conrad, C, 2) Josh Driscoll, NF, 3) Adarius Williams, Wst., 4) Jacob Hines, Dor. Hwt: 1) Zach Dulcie, FM, 2) Johnny Martinez, Dor., 3) Beau Nunn, Y, 4) Travis Strait, RH.