Speeding into the Christmas holiday, the Indian Land wrestling team has gathered momentum.
Coming off last week's back-to-back wins over Chester, 63-10, and Northwestern, 46-27, the Warriors are gearing up for some big holiday tournaments.
On Dec. 19-20, the team will take part in Lugoff-Elgin High School's Demon Classic, which could include more than 30 teams.
After Christmas, the Warriors will compete in the Hilton Head Duals, Dec. 29-30, which is one of the most prestigious dual tournaments in the state, head coach Mike Kersey said.
"At Hilton Head, there will be some teams from Georgia, and some tough lower state teams we don't usually get to see," Kersey said. "It will be real good experience. Everyone will get at least five matches."
During the Warriors' win over Northwestern last week, Indian Land coaches agreed the team was further along this year than it was last season. Senior Dillon Creed continued his hot streak to start the season by winning his 140-pound match by pin. Junior Trevor Jones also won his 135-pound match with a pin.
Before the holiday tournaments, the Warriors will compete in a region quad, then a Dec. 17 showdown at Fort Mill.
"We still have an awful lot to work on, but the potential is there," Kersey said.
"Christmas break will be huge in determining whether we make a run at the state championship or not. We're going to use the break to get better."