The York Comprehensive High School wrestling team seeks region contention.
Last week, the Cougars defeated Union County 48-34 and lost to South Pointe 62-9 in a three-way match at the YCHS main gym.
The Cougars were playing without one of the top wrestlers in the state, Cole Rumfelt, and had to forfeit play in several weight divisions.
“We’re probably a month away from where we need to be,” head coach Todd Hershberger said.
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Hershberger said he gave football players returning to the mat a break last week.
“They needed some time to themselves before returning to wrestling and the conditioning the sport requires,” he said.
Junior Chance Dickson, in his fourth year on the team, defeated his South Pointe opponent 15-8 in a grueling match decided by the points system in the 160-pound weight classification.
“You have to be mentally tough and know when to finish,” he said. “I’m out of shape but worked through it.”
Freshman Braytn Kelley pinned his South Pointe opponent in the 106-pound weight class. “My opponent messed up and I saw an opening,” Kelly said.
Junior Marcus Snyder, in his first year in the program, pinned his Union County opponent in the 106-pound weight class.
“It felt good being able to pin my opponent,” said Snyder. “It was a combination of being able to overpower my opponent and using proper technique.”
Competing in the 138-pound weight class, third-year wrestler Phillip Ziner pinned his Union County opponent for the win.
“That’s always the goal,” Ziner said. “It felt great being able to pin my opponent in front of the home crowd.”
York will compete in holiday competitions Dec. 22 and 23 at Hilton Head and Dec. 29 and 30 at Lexington.