FORT MILL — In a three-way dual meet at Nation Ford last week, the Falcons excelled against one of the top teams in the state, but struggling against another.
Nation Ford wrestled some close matches against Lexington, but lost 41-27. It was the second time within the past month Nation Ford has seen the Wildcats after falling to them 52-18 at the Military Duals in Lexington in December.
Falcons head coach Leon Boulware said he was happy with how his team wrestled the highly-ranked Wildcats, but was disappointed in the team that wrestled Rock Hill.
“We have got to get guys to understand you can’t wrestle the name of the school,” Boulware said. “We have to bounce back after a tough loss. We have to get over the mental aspects of things.”
Nation Ford actually had the lead on Lexington twice before the Wildcats pulled away. Lexington went up 7-0 before the Falcons’ Buck Barfield got a pin at 132 pounds, followed by a 7-0 decision by Michael Allen at 138 pounds to give their team a 9-7 lead.
Lexington regained the lead at 145 pounds, but Nation Ford would take it right back with a pin by Houston Vandiver in the first period at 152 pounds to make it 15-11 in favor of the Falcons. Lexington wrestled back the advantage after a win at 160 pounds and never gave it up, winning five of the next six matches.
The only two other Falcons getting wins against Lexington were Justin Ettell, by forfeit at 182 pounds, and 106-pound Jeremy Kishbaugh, who won by pin fall in the second period.
Rock Hill tore through Nation Ford 66-3. The Bearcats won all but one match. The only bright spot coming for Nation Ford was an 11-6 win for Allen at 138 pounds.
Earlier in the week, Nation Ford beat Lancaster, but fell to South Pointe in a four-way meet with Fort Mill. Fort Mill and Nation Ford didn’t wrestle each other in that meet, but will be competing against each other Jan. 28 at Fort Mill High.