Friday, February 14, 2014
The winter weather has thrown a kink into the schedule for the state wrestling finals.
The dates for both the Class AAAA state duals semi-finals and finals have been pushed back.
Summerville was originally set to wrestle Lexington for the 4-A Lowerstate championship Wednesday but with school being closed officials have rescheduled the match for 6 p.m. Saturday. Summerville will still host.
Dreher High School was originally going to host the state duals championship matches for three classes, including 4-A, but now officials are leaving it up to the coaches for the teams that advance to the championship matches to settle on a neutral site. Schools must reach an agreement on a neutral site and date and complete the finals no later than Feb. 20.
The other two teams still in contention for the 4-A title are Rock Hill and Hillcrest. In the latest scmat.com rankings, Rock Hill is the top-ranked team for the class, followed by Summerville, Lexington and Hillcrest.
Saturday’s Lowerstate match should be interesting. Summerville has seven wrestlers who are ranked in their weight class and Lexington has six.
Summerville’s James Sass is the top-ranked grappler for the 106-pound class. He placed third at the 2012 individual state championships tournament in the class and second at the 2013 tournament.
Summerville’s John Van Slooten is the top-ranked wrestler at 145. He claimed individual titles for Class A, AA and AAA before transferring to Summerville.
Other Summerville wrestlers ranked in their weight class are Tyler Fachko (6th/126-pounds), Daniel Smith (7th/152), Anthony Collins (3rd/160), Chad Wood (5th/170) and Julian Gibbs (6th/220).
Lexington’s Jackson Myers, who has three state titles and is the defending champion in his class, is the top-ranked wrestler at 126. Teammate Daniel Bannister is the top-ranked wrestler at 182.
Other ranked Lexington wrestlers are Andrew Szalwinski (2nd/132), Trev Comstock (3rd/145), Michael Manning (3rd/170) and Andrew Carnes (4th/195).
Last season, Lexington edged Summerville out in the Lowerstate championship match and went on to win the state title. The teams have met twice this season and Summerville won both matches by scores of 33-32 and 38-29.
Summerville enters Saturday’s match with a 32-1 record while Lexington has a 29-6 record.