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Blue Eagles’ Johnson breaks two school records at Upper State

Zach Johnson knows about competing successfully on the big stage.

The Clover High School wrestler set two school records in winning the heavyweight classification at the Upper State individual tournament last weekend at Laurens.

“Zach becomes Clover High School’s first two-time upper state champion, and the school’s first three-time state qualifier,” said CHS wrestling coach Michael Fitzgerald.

“He takes with him to Anderson this weekend an undefeated record and some unfinished business.”

Conrad is competing in the heavyweight classification this season.

“I want to bring home a state championship,” he said at the beginning of the season. “That’s my one and only goal.”

Senior DaQuan Berry punched his first ticket to the state tournament and becomes the 14th state qualifier in school history.

He finished fourth at 120 in the Upper State event at Laurens.

“Jharee Kerns pulled a repeat performance from 2014 and secured a return trip to the state tournament with a ... dog-fight win that left his eye almost swollen shut,” said Fitzgerald. “Jharee had to medical default in the consolation finals and finished fourth.”

Fitzgerald lauded the team for their season.

“I am very pleased to have such great young men and a great coaching staff,” Fitzgerald said. “We had five young men that were one win away from state qualifying status.

He added: “They have changed the attitude in the room and the expectations of this team. I look forward to bringing the best we have this weekend.”

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