The high school wrestling postseason is upon us.
Many regions across the state held their championship tournaments last weekend, including Region 4-5A.
Fort Mill’s Jake Hart was named the region wrestler of the year, and Rock Hill’s Cain Beard was named coach of the year.
Rock Hill led the way with six individual champions, while Northwestern had four. Fort Mill had three and Clover one.
106: Ethan Johnson, Fort Mill; 113: Justin Beck, Rock Hill; 120: Danny Love, Rock Hill; 126: Bailey Wilkins, Rock Hill; 132: Andrew Simpson, Rock Hill; 138: Ryan Jones, Clover; 145: Derek Covington, Northwestern; 152: Jake Hart, Fort Mill; 160: Mison Mickle, Northwestern; 170: Teddy Mauney, Northwestern; 182: Brandon Mills, Rock Hill; 195: Christian Steele, Northwestern; 220: Jack Kelley, Fort Mill; 285: Devon Rice, Rock Hill.
South Pointe wrestling continues region championship streak
South Pointe won its fourth region wrestling championship in a row Saturday.
Eddie Cook’s Stallions had six individual champions: Morgan Belk, Matthew Belk, Eric Mitchell, Issac Ekanem, Jai Davis and Jake Morgan.
The team will host first and second round playoff bouts Saturday morning, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. Top-seeded South Pointe faces North Augusta in the first match, with the winner facing the winner of No. 2 Pickens and No. 3 Travelers Rest. The winner of the four-team grouping advances to the third round of the dual state tournament.
Three York Cougars won region titles at the same meet: freshmen Kaleem Heard and Luke Rumfelt and junior Tanner Culbertson.
Former Bearcat Roderick Howell hands North Greenville last-second win
Former Rock Hill Bearcat basketball player Roderick Howell’s buzzer-beater gave North Greenville a 65-64 win last week over Limestone. The Crusaders got off three shots in the final 10 seconds, the last of those Howell’s putback from close range. The 6-foot-6 junior finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. He’s averaging 9.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and just over one blocked shot per game.
Rock Hill’s RiKoya Anderson joins elite club
Rock Hill’s RiKoya Anderson topped the 1,000-career point threshold earlier this month. The 5-foot-10 senior hit a short jump shot from the corner against Nation Ford on Jan. 9 to put her over the mark. The Winthrop signee is also quickly approaching 750 career rebounds.
Anderson has contributed to 64 wins -- and counting -- during her three years with the Bearcats, with just 11 losses in that span.