Wrestling rivals clash Wednesday

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Crosstown rivals meet on the mat Jan. 23.
The Summerville wrestling team will host Fort Dorchester for what should be an exciting match. Both schools have a very strong wrestling tradition and the intensity for both teams is usually at a high when they go head-to-head.
The junior varsity match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and the varsity squads will follow around 7 p.m.
The past few seasons Fort Dorchester has carried more momentum into the rivalry match, but this year Summerville is the hot team. The Green Wave will enter the match ranked fourth among the state’s Class AAAA teams while the Patriots will enter the match ranked ninth.
Summerville has four wrestlers ranked among the best grapplers in the state for their weight-class: James Sass (3rd at 106), Gavin Perkins (2nd at 126), Chad Wood (1st at 152), Anthony Collins (4th at 160) and Kyle Sullivan (7th at 170).
Fort Dorchester has three ranked wrestlers: Tyre Wright (7th at 113), Daquan Buksha (4th at 132) and Joseph Hutchinson (8th at 182).
While there aren’t any weight classes in which both teams have a ranked grappler, several of the ranked wrestlers are in adjacent classes so potential bump ups could create some interesting pairings.
What the pair of Dorchester Two teams has done since the state implemented a duals playoff system in 1993 is remarkable. Over the past 20 seasons either Summerville or Fort Dorchester has won the Lowerstate title 13 times (93, 94, 95, 98, 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 2000) to advance to the state championship match.
Summerville claimed eight of the 20 state championships awarded since the playoff system was established and Fort Dorchester claimed two.
The teams were particularly dominant in the first decade of this century, combining to claim all but one lower-state championship from 2001 to 2010 and all but two state championships during that span. Summerville lost 35-32 to Dutch Fork in the 2003 Lowerstate Championship match and Fort Dorchester lost 28-24 to Rock Hill in the 2009 State Championship match.
Summerville also earned several state wrestling titles based on a points system prior to 1993. Fort Dorchester didn’t open its doors until 1992 so all of its wrestling championships came during the playoff era.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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