After building momentum toward an S.C. title run, Fort Mill’s wrestling team faced No. 2 ranked Rock Hill in the third round of the playoffs.
Poised to pull off the upset and advance, the host Yellow Jackets were derailed after a controversial 112-pound match that resulted in the officials being escorted out by security for their own protection. The match, pitting Fort Mill's Austin King against Rock Hill's Austin Threatt, became even more controversial when a video showing what transpired was posted on Youtube.
As spectators saw and the video documented, King was dominating Threatt 7-4 when he was called for an illegal headlock. At first, it seemed King would be penalized a point and the match would resume.
That’s when it got weird.
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Although Threatt quickly set himself on the mat in the “down” position and prepared to resume wrestling, Rock Hill head coach Cain Beard came out to the center of the mat to check his wrestler as the Fort Mill High trainer came to attend to Threatt.
After a brief discussion, the referee was told Threatt was too injured to continue and because the “injury” was the result of an illegal move, Threatt was awarded the win on the basis of King’s disqualification.
Fort Mill was winning the dual meet 30-28 at the time and a win by King would have sealed it for the Jackets. Instead, Rock Hill won 30-34 on the strength of the DQ. When the video was posted online, and linked to by our website, www.fortmilltimes.com, dozens of Fort Mill supporters demanded that state high school athletic officials reverse the decision.
A brief investigation took place, but there was no change in the result.