High School Wrestling

Bearcat Classic features strong field of high school wrestlers

bbyers@heraldonine.comJanuary 3, 2013 

— There will be no four-finger toe holds, no sleeper holds and no hitting an opponent with a chair.

But that doesn’t mean high school wrestling and competitors haven’t been known to bite opponents and send a chair sailing against a wall after a loss. And if that version of wrestling is your thing, there will plenty of action in Rock Hill this weekend.

The 34th annual Bearcat Classic begins Friday at 6 p.m., and Rock Hill coach Cain Beard believes this year’s field is one of the strongest ever. Saturday’s action begins at 9 a.m. Tickets are $6 each day.

The lineup of teams in the individuals tournament includes Class Ana’s Rock Hill, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA, but beat No.1 Lexington on Dec. 18; Dorman, No. 5; No. 7 Boiling Springs; No. 14 Stratford, which recently beat No. 3 Summerville and No. 16 York.

Also coming are Class AAA’s No, 15 Greenville; Bamberg-Ehrhardt, No. 1 in 1A/2A; and North Carolina’s Parkland, No.1 in Class AAA and 7-time defending state champs and Lake Norman No. 5 in Class AAAA.

“The rest of the field has many great individuals as well,” Beard said.

On Saturday, coach Eddie Cook and his South Pointe Stallions host the 10-team Border Wars Duals.

The field includes South Pointe, Lugoff-Elgin, Northwestern, Indian Land, Buford and Lewisville from South Carolina. The North Carolina teams are Weddington, Piedmont, Mooresville and Cox Mill.

Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. on four mats and is scheduled to finish at 4 p.m.

Duals are different than Rock Hill’s individuals tournament. Duals are a team-versus-team tournament, with the champ crowned by the two teams with the best records on Saturday advancing to the title round.

Individuals tournaments are decided on points. Wrestlers get points for advancing and the team with the most points at the end is the champ.

NOTE: Beard announced that the Rock Hill wrestling program would like to formally invite followers to become members of the newly founded Rock Hill Wrestling Wall of Honor.

For $50, member will have a caption of his or her choice placed on a brick within the walls of the Bearcat’ wrestling gymnasium. All proceeds will go toward the Rock Hill wrestling program. Members have three options for marking a place in Rock Hill wrestling history.

If interested, contact Cain Beard at tbeard@rhmail.org or call him at 704-860-5632.

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