Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Two Green Wave wrestlers helped the 4A/1A South all-star team to victory last weekend and their coach received a prestigious award.
Summerville High School seniors Tyler Fachko and Chad Wood helped the 4A/1A South team bring home top honors from the 2014 North/South Wrestling All-star Weekend. The 4A/1A team advanced to the finals of the event with a 55-15 victory over the 3A/2A North team Friday and then claimed a 36-28 victory Saturday over the 4A/1A North in the championship match.
Fachko went 2-0 during the tournament, defeating Pendleton’s Benjamin Lingefelt by pin fall Friday and then claiming a 12-5 decision over Gaffney’s Austin Chandler Saturday in the championship match.
Wood went 1-2 in the tournament, earning a pin over Dreher’s Jason Carter Friday before falling in a third overtime period to Chester’s Meleke Stewart. In the championship match, Wood lost a 6-2 decision to Charlie Conner of Byrnes.
Green Wave assistant coach Reuben Daniels was one of four coaches for the South All-stars.
Summerville Head Coach Daryl Tucker said the wrestlers and his assistant represented the Lowcountry well at the event.
“They both wrestled well,” Tucker said. “Chad lost two tight matches. He just didn’t catch the breaks. I wish all my seniors could have participated. Most of them have stuck with it through their days with the Summerville Takedown Club and middle school wrestling so you can’t put a price on the leadership they provided the last couple of years for our team.”
During All-star Weekend, Tucker was named the South Carolina Class AAAA Coach of the Year by the S.C. Wrestling Coaches Association. Now he, along with Class A/AA Coach of the Year John Morello of Aynor and Class AAA Coach of the Year Jeff Gibbins of Socastee, is a finalist for the South Carolina Wrestling Coach of the Year Award that will be presented in July.
Tucker, a former Green Wave wrestler, has been a coach for the SHS wrestling program for 14 years. The past six years he has served as the program’s head coach.
This season, he led the Green Wave all the way to the 4A state championship match, where Summerville fell 28-23 to Rock Hill. The week after the duals championship, five of Tucker’s wrestlers won their weight class during the state individual championship tournament.
Ashley Ridge wrestler Christian Cuttino also participated in All-star Weekend as a member of the 4A/1A South team. On Friday, he won a 12-6 decision Brycen Fleming of Ninety Six. On Saturday, he won an 8-4 decision over Josh Davis of Dutch Fork during an exhibition match.
Clay Walker of Eastside was named the Senior Wrestler of the Year. Jackson Myers of Lexington was named the 4A Senior Wrestler of the Year. Patrick James of West-Oak was named the 3A Senior Wrestler of the Year. Josh McDermett of Academic Magnet was named the 2A/1A Senior Wrestler of the Year.