The South Pointe Stallions and the Chester Cyclones were very successful in qualifying their wrestlers for the Upper State individual championships in the Region 3-3A wrestling tournament at Chester High School on Saturday.
Meanwhile, at North Central High School, the Indian Land Warriors advanced seven wrestlers to the next round of action.
The Cyclones qualified all 14 wrestlers for the next round, while the Stallions had 13 make it to the Upper State round. The Lancaster Bruins qualified four in Saturday’s action.
South Pointe, the regular-season champion, had seven first-place finishes in Saturday’s event, while Chester, which finished third in the regular season, had three wrestlers win first place.
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South Pointe had two runner-up finishes, three third places and one fourth place. Chester had five second places, three thirds and three fourth-place spots. Lancaster had one second and three fourth places.
South Pointe head coach Eddie Cook was pleased with the way his team performed during the season, as well as in the region tournament.
“We worked hard all year, and we showed a lot of improvement as the year went along,” Cook said. “When we started we were missing some football players, but other team members stepped up and got us off to a very good start.”
Cook, whose team finished 23-3, is excited about winning the regular-season title in the region.
“Winning the regular season puts us at home next Saturday in the first two rounds of the playoffs, “ Cook said. “That is an advantage, and if we can win those two rounds, we get another home match the next round.”
Cook wanted all of his wrestlers to qualify for the Upper State individuals, but he said he was pleased with Saturday’s results.
“We had seven wrestlers win championships, and that was very gratifying,” said Cook. “One of our pre-season goals was to win the region and get everybody qualified for the Upper State in the individuals.”
Chester head coach Joe Conlon was also satisfied with the way his team performed Saturday.
“We got every one of our wrestlers qualified for the Upper State round,” Conlon said. “That was one of our goals at the beginning of the year.”
Conlon saw improvement as the year went along, especially considering the youth on his team.
“We had five freshman wrestle for us this year,” Conlon said. “We saw improvement from everyone on the team, but the freshmen really improved.”
The Cyclones finished 11-14 overall and came close to finishing second in the region during the regular season. A three-point loss to Broome cost them the second spot.
“We will have to travel next Saturday in the opening round of the duals,” Conlon said. “The competition there will very tough. However, I feel like we will be competitive, because we played a very strong nonregion schedule.”
In the Region 4-AA tournament at North Central, the Indian Land Warriors qualified seven wrestlers in the Upper State individual event.
Coach Kevin Mager’s Warriors claimed three region titles, while three wrestlers finished second. Indian Land also had one third-place finish.