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 Buford wrestling getting ready for the state tournament

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – Buford Yellow Jackets are currently ranked fifth in class 1A/2A state rankings by SCMAT.com and with several returning state qualifiers they look to make some noise in the state tournament.

Coach Garrett Plyer’s squad has performed well in several tournaments this season finishing second at the Subway Ram Rumble and finishing third at the Duals at the Castle. In both tournaments they lost to the state’s top ranked team and region rival North Central.

In fact getting out of region IV AA may be tougher than the state tournament as 1/3 of the top 12 1A/2A are in the region, #1 North Central, #4 Andrew Jackson, #5 Buford and #12 Chesterfield.

Dylan Jenkins is ranked second at 113lbs. The sophomore finished second in the state in 2018 at 106. He is one of the favorites in his weight class.

Ranked #1 at 145 is junior Blake Bailey. Last season he finished third at 138. Earlier this season at the Subway Ram Rumble he was one of four Buford wrestlers to go 5-0 in the tournament.

Webber Moore also placed third at the state meet in 2018 at 160. The junior also qualified for the state tournament in 2016 at 152.

Sophomore Devin Jenkins (126) and senior David James (120) are both currently ranked fifth in their respective weight classes. James is a two-time state qualifier while Jenkins qualified for the first time as a freshmen.

Matthew Wallace is currently ranked sixth at 152 after qualifying for state in 2018 at 145. The senior went 5-0 at the Subway Ram Rumble.

Senior Timothy Varndore also went 5-0 at the Subway meet at 220. He is currently ranked 4th at 195.

 

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