The Summerville and Ashley Ridge wrestling teams both performed well during the Military Duals held at Lexington High School Dec. 30-31.
Summerville won the tournament, which featured several of the top-ranked teams in the state. Ashley Ridge placed fourth. Both teams went 3-0 in their pool matches to advance to the championship bracket.
The Green Wave, ranked No. 2 among Class AAAA teams in the state, earned a 40-33 victory in the finals over Eastside, the top-ranked Class AAA team, to claim the tournament championship.
“The Military Duals is one of the premiere duals tournaments in the state,” Summerville coach Darryl Tucker said. “There are no easy matches. Our guys wrestled very hard and we didn’t have our full lineup. We had some young guys in there that fought hard and our veterans stepped up like they are expected to.”
Seven Green Wave grapplers won their finals match in convincing fashion.
Ngai Murray (106-pound weight class), Daniel Smith (152), John Ban Slooten (160) and Anthony Collins (170) won by pin fall. James Sass (113) won by technical fall. Chad Wood (182) earned an 18-5 major decision and Tyler Fachko (132) earned a 13-4 major decision. Julian Gibbs (220) won with a 4-1 decision.
Summerville beat third-ranked Lexington 38-29 in the semi-finals. Jamal Lucas (170), Murray (106), Sass (113), Fachko (132), Slooten (152), Collins (160) and Gibbs (285) all picked up bonus points for Summerville en route to winning their matches.
“The Lexington and Eastside matches were very intense and we were fortunate to beat two very quality programs,” Tucker said. “Both teams are defending state champs for their class.”
Summerville also defeated Beaufort (58-18), Conway (62-18), Chapin (57-21) and York (47-33) during the tournament.
Ashley Ridge fell 33-31 to Lexington in the third-place match. Ben Whitney (113) and Christian Cutino (138) won their matches by pin fall while Dashaun Hall (106) earned a 19-6 major decision and Kenneth Glover (285) won by forfeit. Chris Hudgens (145), Maurice Phillips (160) and Devin Parker all won by decision.
In the semi-finals, Ashley Ridge fell 36-33 to Eastside. Dashaun Hall (106), Ben Whitney (113), Ashton Hughes (152), Blake Ackerman (160), Glover (285) and Hudgens (145) all picked up bonus points in their matches and Trey Tierney also won for the Swamp Foxes.
Ashley Ridge defeated Nation Ford (59-9), Dutch Fork (36-28), North Myrtle Beach (60-15) and Fort Mill (34-33) during the tournament.
Ashley Ridge is ranked 12th among South Carolina 4-A teams. Other ranked teams that participated in the tournament included Dutch Fork (11th/4-A) Nation Ford (15th/4-A), Fort Mill (6th/4-A), Chapin (12th/3A) and North Myrtle Beach (18th/3-A).