Allen newest member of Nation Ford’s 100-win club

mbanks@comporium.netJanuary 17, 2014 

— For just the third time in its brief history, the Nation Ford Falcons wrestling program has added a member to its century club.

Senior Michael Allen, who wrestles at 138 pounds, recently won his 100th match. The milestons win came earlier this month and his career win total now sits at 106 following a win this past week against Clover.

Allen joins the school’s all-time wins leader Stewart Snodgrass (130-26) and Markevis Duncan (123-18), as the only members of the Falcons’ 100-win club. He notched No. 100 against South Pointe.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s a big accomplishment.”

But Allen would like to join another club that only Snodgrass and Duncan, are in – the state champion club. Both won state titles the same year they got their 100th win.

Allen said he would like to surpass Snodgrass’ total of 130, but knows time might not be on his side as the season winds down. He would have to go deep in the individual state title tournament as well as hope Nation Ford can make the team playoffs.

“I got to win out to get the record,” he said. “If I don’t, I will still be happy.”

Another local wrestler to recently collect his 100th win was Fort Mill senior BJ Hurst. Hurst, who wrestles in both the 195 and 220 weight classes, reached the century mark against Northwestern Jan. 9.

“I didn’t have a clue,” he said. “I could have had more, that would be nice.”

Unlike a program still in its infancy like Nation Ford, Fort Mill has a dozen members in the 100 win club. Hurst makes the 12th Fort Mill wrestler to surpass the mark and the second one this season.

The Jackets’ Eddie Byrams surpassed 100 wins toward the middle of December at a three-way meet against Byrnes and Spartanburg. Like Allen and Hurst, Byrams is also a senior.

Neither Byrams or Hurst will be able to catch school wins leader Max Simons’ record of 165 career wins before the end of the year.

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