YORK -- York Comprehensive High School senior Ryan Montgomery was unbeaten entering this week's wrestling competition.
Montgomery, who competes in the 160-pound weight class, won his first seven matches of the season and finished with a sparkling 32-5 record last year.
Influenced by two older brothers adept at competitive wrestling, Montgomery developed a liking for the sport in the fifth-grade.
With region competition looming next month, Montgomery and his fellow wrestlers from York look for the Cougars to compete better as a team and rack up some wins.
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Spencer said the Cougars have a good senior group and tough freshman performers.
"We have kids who've been in the program several years and hope their experience will help make us successful," he said.
The third-year varsity wrestling coach is taking steps to increase the participation level.
"We reached 18 elementary school kids in our summer program," he said. "If they stay with the program at each grade level, it will help our numbers in the future."
Spencer looks for the region to be competitive as in years past.
"Our players are learning the team aspect of the sport," observed the YCHS coach. "They are buying into the concept that when you go hard in practice, it makes you and your partner better."
Said Spencer of raising the bar this season, "We want to make some noise in the region and qualify for the playoffs. Those are our goals."
The Cougars will compete in a Lugoff-Elgin tournament Friday and Saturday.
Next will be the team's annual appearance in the Clover Duals Dec. 29 and 30 at the Clover High gym.