FORT MILL -- An aggressive approach to the early matches provided enough of a cushion for the Fort Mill wrestling team to outpoint South Pointe, 49-18, in Region 3-AAAA action.
The Yellow Jackets (11-2, 3-0) used their aggressiveness to build a 31-6 lead, more than enough to hold off South Pointe, which earned three of its four individual wins in the final six matches.
Fort Mill recorded seven pinfall victories, including three straight to open the duel competition. Javis Brotemarkle (130 pounds) began the Yellow Jacket domination with a pinfall in the first matchup between Andrew Gorospe.
John Ettell (135) and Cody Melton (140) followed by placing their respective opponents' shoulders on the mat for an 18-0 Fort Mill advantage.
Fort Mill coach Chris Brock said his team realized the importance of the fast start.
"In a sport like wrestling, it is good to get off to a fast start," Brock said. "With a big lead, we could afford more mistakes," in later matches.
"South Pointe is very well-coached and they are very athletic; we knew that a lot of matches would be tight, but even in our losses, our kids wrestled solid."
Stallion wrestling coach Eddie Cook said that inexperience led to a breakdown of fundamental wrestling maneuvers, which proved to be very costly against an experienced powerhouse such as Fort Mill.
"It is the same thing that we have always had trouble with this season," Cook said. "Even when we are able to win, we always make it closer with our younger kids not staying off of their backs.
"We have suffered through a lack of experience, especially with the many first-year wrestlers on the roster."
However, Brock credited the Stallions for being a quality opponent, which prepared his squad for postseason competition.
"We have eyes on the state title, and tests like the one we had tonight is getting us ready for that."