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Hunsberger, Stephenson, Setting Good Examples With Outstanding Player of the Year Performances in Wrestling This Past Season

Hunsberger, Stephenson, Setting Good Examples With Outstanding Player of the Year Performances in Wrestling This Past Season

From Staff Reports

Columbia—It’s hard to meet a conceited wrestler as they must always be ready to fend for themselves without any blocking, assists, or anyone to blame but yourself when you or your opponent get their arm raised in the air when the competition is over.

The HSSR selected 106-pound freshman David Hunsberger as the state’s Mr. Wrestler from the 2018-19 season in South Carolina. And why not? Hunsberger had a perfect 50-0 record and he beat 34 opponents by pin. Hard to imagine he has three more years along in high school at Byrnes High.

Hunsberger is already up to 128 pounds nearly six weeks after the high school season ended. “I will probably wrestle at 132 or 136 next season and I did struggle some keeping the weight down to compete at 106,” he said. “I like wrestling because it is you versus someone on the mat and you can’t blame a teammate for anything that goers wrong. “

Hunsberger goal is to wrestle in college one day “if a good offer comes along.” He has been enjoying the sport of wrestling since he was five years

 Old and his family moved to the Byrnes area a few years ago from Indiana.

The AAAAA Wrestler of the Year, Walker Stephenson of Hillcrest, comes from a well-known wrestling family in the Palmetto State. This past season he was the state individual champion in the AAAAA 170-pound weight class.

“Wrestling at Hillcrest High School to me was representing a heritage as a Ram Wrestler,” he said. “I started wrestling here in the seventh grade and was introduced to the legacy of our program. I feel that my job in this program is to carry the torch and continue the legacy. “

Stephenson said wrestling has helped prepare him for the adult life just around the corner.  “Wrestling on the high school level has taught me how to face my problems and reach my goals in and out of the practice room,” he said. “It has taught me how to deal with situations whether it be on the big stage or in cold garage with a quarter of a mat. 

“I plan on wrestling in college and training to my best potential,” said Stephenson. “I want to represent the program of my choice and show myself what I am capable of.

Stephenson said he never stops training. “To compete at my level, I never stop training (mentally, physically, or emotionally),” he said. “You always push yourself to wrestle the best and focus on your goals in the sport and in the classroom.”

The HSSR-SCHSL 2018-19 AAAA Wrestler of Year is Wyatt O’Quinn of Colleton County

While the HSSR-SCHSL 2018-19 AAA Wrestler of Year is Matthew Williams of West Oak. The HSSR-SCHSL 2018-19 A-AA Wrestler of Year is Chandler Smalley of Abbeville.

The HSSR will also honor the good work of high school wrestling coaches today at Seawells. The HSSR­- SCHSL 2018-19 AAAAA Wrestling Coach of Year is Robert Bell of Hillcrest

While the HSSR-SCHSL 2018-19 AAAA Wrestling Coach of Year is veteran Jack Kosmicki-Eastside

The HSSR-SCHSL 2018-19 AAA Wrestling Coach of Year is Leon Boulware Indian Land 

While the HSSR-SCHSL 2018-19 A-AA Wrestling Coach of Year is -Mark Moody of Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

The HSSR-SCISA 2018-19 Statewide Wrestling Coach of Year is Austin Hood of Hammond

While the HSSR-SCISA Wrestler of the Year is Reagan Olsen of Heathwood Hall.

The HSSR would like to give a shout-out to all SCHSL & SCISA team state champions this season. Hillcrest took top honors in AAAA while Eastside won again in AAAA. Indian land won in AAA and Bamberg-Ehrhardt won the A-AA state title once again. The HSSR will honor all state induvial champions with an all-state award today at Seawells as well as some superlative awards to Coaches and Players of the Year.  

























































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