York Comprehensive High School wrestler Cole Rumfelt was named Upper State champion at 138 pounds in last weekend’s tournament, while four other York wrestlers qualified for state.
“Cole has his eyes set on a state championship Friday and Saturday at Anderson,” said YCHS head coach Todd Hershberger after the Upper State match. “His performance at Laurens was a big step in that direction.”
Rumfelt said he “went out there and got it. I qualified for the state my sophomore year.”
He added: “It’s hard to get there. You’ve got to work your tail off once you get there, too. You’ve got to practice hard and keep going.”
Hershberger also said Rumfelt has been selected to the North-South wrestling team.
He said Thomas Wilkerson, a 182-pound senior participant, “came through in a big way to place second. Thomas has the potential to beat anyone, and he looks to do just that this weekend. He will be a force at the state tournament, and I expect to see him rise to the occasion.”
At 113 pounds, sophomore Michael Avore also qualified for the state, placing fourth at Laurens.
“This was great for Michael,” said Hershberger. “He has a great opportunity to place at the state tournament.”
At 152 pounds, junior YCHS wrestler Chance Dickson overcame being a 12 seed to place fourth and qualify for state.
“Hard work and perseverance paid off,” said Hershberger. “Chance now has the opportunity to do something special.”
Hershberger said the YCHS team wrestled well.
“The tough regular-season schedule really helped us to succeed,” he said. “Having four state qualifiers is exciting for our guys and our program. I love watching our guys meet and exceed expectations.”
Added Hershberger: “The self-discipline and work ethic you need to be successful in this sport makes moments like this even sweeter. I look forward to seeing our guys rise to the occasion and bring home some championships.”