Fort Mill wrestling team out to fast start in Region III-AAAA

mbanks@comporium.netJanuary 10, 2014 

Fort Mill’s Jake Strong wrestles at 126 pounds during the U.S. Military Duals at Lexington High School.

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— Despite having struggles with the lineup, the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets wrestling team has jumped out to a 3-0 start in Region III-AAAA.

Fort Mill, ranked 13th in the state, beat Lancaster, South Pointe and Northwestern last week to get a solid foothold atop the region standings.

“Our guys are stepping up and doing what we can,” said head coach Chris Brock. “The kids are battling and not giving up bonus points.”

Fort Mill, which has holes in its lineup due to injuries, breezed through Lancaster and Northwestern, but the South Pointe match came down to criteria. Fort Mill won the most matches – 8-6 – and were awarded the team victory after a 33-33 tie following the final match.

Against the seventh-ranked South Pointe Stallions, Fort Mill got wins from John Brotemarkle (106), AJ Leitten (113), Eddie Byrams (120), Jake Strong (126), Nigel Bostick (152), Jack Debbout (160) and BJ Hurst (195).

“We had some young guys step up and get big wins for us,” Brock said.

Fort Mill had no trouble in handling Lancaster 68-12 as Brotemarkle, Leitten, Byrams, Strong, Debbout, Bostick, Nick Gray (132), Austin Gard (138), Evan Stankovitz (145) all won their matches, and Hurst, Gray Hinson (220) and Matt Neill (285) also won matches by forfeit. The only matches Fort Mill lost to Lancaster was at 170 and 182, both by forfeit.

Against Northwestern, Fort Mill fell down a hole early after losing three of the first four matches, but bounced back as Hurst’s pin fall in the first period put the Jackets on the board. That was followed shortly by wins from Brotemarkle, Leitten, Byrams, Strong and Gray.

By then, Fort Mill had a 34-15 lead and Stankovitz and Bostick clinched the win for the Jackets as Stankovitz won by pin fall in the first and Bostick won by a 4-3 decision.

Fort Mill had committed to participate in the Warrior Duals during the weekend, but pulled out due to an already depleted line-up.

The Jackets will be back in action this week in another four-way meet with Nation Ford and York and Clover at York Comprehensive High School.

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