Anderson Civic Center will be buzzing over the next two days, with three individual state wresting tournaments capping a season of excitement, disappointment and anticipation.
The team champions were crowned two weeks ago at the state duals held at Dreher High School. This one is to determine the state's top wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classifications for classes AAAA, AAA and AA/A.
Led by eight from Rock Hill, AAAA is represented by 10 local wrestlers. Fort Mill is sending seven of the 23 locals who advanced in Class AAA. Indian Land qualified three wrestlers for the AA/A tournament.
But don't let the numbers, or lack of them except for Class AAA, to be a crystal ball as to what might happen. In wrestling, nearly anything can happen and each weight division is each classification is stacked with the state's top athletes.
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Locally, Rock Hill's Mitchell Jeter was The Herald's Defensive Player of the Year; Northwestern's Reubyn Walker was AAAA Defensive Player of the Year; and Indian Land's Rondreas Truesdale was AA/A Offensive Player of the Year.
And as far as anything goes, Fort Mill qualified only four wrestlers in 2009. Dubbed the "Fantastic Four,'' Brandon Feix, Jonathan Miskelly, Thomas Mockridge and Max Simons won state titles.
Of this year's 36 local qualifiers, Fort Mill's Nick Sinicrope is the lone defending state champ. He won the 189-pound division last year. Several weight classes were changed since last year and there is no longer a 189 bracket. Instead there is 182, Sinicrope's division and 195. He has the No. 1 seed in the upper bracket.