Fort Mill wrestling is rolling along in much the same manner as last season, when the Yellow Jackets finished 22-4 and were co-champions of their conference.
Fort Mill has won every meet so far and was hoping to carry the momentum into the weekend as they got set to host the second annual Beef O' Brady's Invitational.
Fort Mill has held the tournament for the last several seasons, but it is the second season Beef O' Brady's will sponsor it. Ten teams compete and the event will showcase some of the best talent in the region. The Yellow Jackets are hoping to make a good showing in the tournament and give themselves a chance to win the title.
The Yellow Jackets, who have a very young team, are led by a core of solid juniors and seniors and appear to have developed chemistry early in the season. The team is winning big in many of its meets, and last Wednesday they continued with a demonstrative 59-21 victory over rival Indian Land.
Brandon Feix at 125 pounds was among the Fort Mill wrestlers to win by fall, including pins by 145-pound Jonathan Miskelly, Thomas Mockridge, at 160-pounds and Max Simons, a 189-pounder. All four continue to be unbeaten in individual matches on the season.
Feix and Mockridge are two of three seniors on the team and provide intangibles and leadership for head coach Christopher Brock.
Simons is a junior and Miskelly, a sophomore, are part of the young foundation that the Yellow Jackets have to build on for the future of the program.
Colby Hice and Alan Parks, both 119-pound wrestlers, won by pin and 125-pound Ryan Dugans also was victorious by a fall. Freshmen Jared Piedt, 103 pounds, and Austin King, 112 pounds, were also winners last Wednesday as they pinned their opponents.
The Yellow Jackets have looked sharp early in the season and Brock is pleased with how happy they are gelling as a unit despite the overall lack of experience that the team has.
Brock will likely know more about how the team is shaping up after the Beef O' Brady's Invitational, but to this point he is happy with the transition that took place from last year's team that advanced to the Final Four of the state playoffs.
The Yellow Jackets are off for the holidays, but return to the mat Monday, Dec. 29, to compete in the Seahawk Duals in Hilton Head.