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Trojan wrestling begins season ranked in 2A/1A SCMAT poll

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Special to the HSSR

Goose Creek – The Cross high Trojans began the 2019/2020 wrestling season ranked in the top 20 of the first poll of the season. They check in at number 17 and they have shown they earned that ranking.

Coach Willie Nearhood’s squad have won several dual meets with the same size school and have performed well against larger schools. They finished 15th at the Cane Bay Invitational and are getting ready to make some noise in the state tournament. The biggest issue for the Trojans is they do not fill out every weight class and that could hurt them when they wrestle some bigger schools at state.

Some of the Trojans wins are Colleton Prep 57-6, AA Whale Branch 33-27, region foe and rival St. John’s 48-28 and AAA Georgetown 42-30.

The Trojans have wrestlers at 106 Andrew Viars, 120 Jacob March, 126 Eddie Salters, 132 Cameron Jones, 138 Santory Jones, 145 Antwain Hoskins, 152 Michael Grant, 160 Tyler Doolittle, 170 Damion Haine and 182 Tyler Brown.

Demetrius Dickerson has wrestled at both 170 and 182 and done well.

Last season the Trojan’s lone state qualifier was Hoskins at 126. He has moved up two weight classes this year. The junior has been very good all year and should qualify for the state individual tournament again this year.

 Viars, Brown and Santory Jones have also wrestle well all season and they may qualify for the state tournament.



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