Trio of Fort Mill wrestlers win titles at annual Beef O’ Brady’s Invitational

December 16, 2013 

Fort Mill’s AJ Leitten wrestlers Lake Norman’s Zac Rainess in the finals of the 113-pound weight class at the Beef O’ Brady’s Invitational. Leitten won 4-2.

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— Fort Mill crowned three individual champions and finished fifth in the annual Beef O’Brady’s Invitational tournament at Fort Mill High.

AJ Leitten (113), Eddie Byrams (120) and BJ Hurst (195) all won their weight classes. Lake Norman won the team title in the 10-team event.

Fort Mill, which is competing without wrestlers in several weight classes, had four wrestlers make the finals. The only one who didn’t win was John Brotemarkle, who fell to Lake Norman’s Chase Kominek 14-1 in the finals of the 106-pound weight class.

Leitten defeated Lake Norman’s Zac Rainess 4-2 to win at 113 pounds. Leitten went up 2-0 after the first period and things remained that way until both wrestlers scored a takedown in the third and final period.

Byrams easily handled Eastside’s Charlton Clark in a rematch from last week’s Southern Slam finals. Byrams won then, too, and beat Clark 10-4 in the finals of the Beef’s tourney at 120 pounds. Byrams had a comfortable 6-2 lead after the first period, and increased that to 8-4 after the second.

Fort Mill’s other winner was Hurst, who bulldozed his way over Eastside’s Mike Fernandez, pinning him 54 seconds into the first period. Hurst was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament in the 152-pound weight class and above category.

At 126 pounds, Fort Mill’s Jake Strong finished third after beating Eastside’s David Walker 9-4.

Fort Mill head coach Chris Brock said he was happy with how his guys did despite not fielding a full team.

“Considering what we have and for this event,” he said. “Yes, we did OK.”

Fort Mill only entered 10 wrestlers in the tournament as others are battling injury and illness. Most notably missing from the tournament for the Jackets was senior Tyler Turner, who had his left arm in a sling because of a shoulder injury.

Brock said Turner should be back for this weekend’s Seahawk Slam in Savannah, Ga.

“It’s nothing serious,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to give those things a break.”

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