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Chester wrestlers place two at state individuals


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Chester – The wrestling season at Chester High has completed its season, both in dual match and individual competition.

At the end of the regular season, the Cyclones were ranked sixth among all Class AAA teams and competed in the state AAA duals tournament.

Chester finished second in the region despite having several spots in the lineup void of wrestlers. In the AAA state playoffs, Chester opened with wins over Emerald and Liberty. The duals season ended with a third-round loss to West Oak.

After the duals season, the focus turned to the individual championship run. Chester had four wrestlers qualify for the AAA state tournament.

Heavyweight Teddy Murphy, a senior, was the runner-up at the AAA upper state qualifier. He proceeded to the state championships in Anderson. Murphy ended up with a strong third-place finish at the state finals.

Senior Ly’Terrence Mills finished third in the Upper State qualifier and then placed fourth overall at the state finals in the 170-pound weight class. He also was a state qualifier last season, finishing as the state runner-up in the 160-pound weight class.

Shaheim Willard and Rathael Pendergrass also qualified for the state tournament. Willard qualified in the 145-pound weight class with a third-place finish at the Upper State tournament.

Pendergrass qualified for the state tournament at 152 pounds by finishing third at the Upper State qualifier. Neither Willard or Pendergrass placed in the top four at the state tournament.

 Other full-time competitors included Drue Shipman (106), Trent Bowser (113), Damon Sanders (126), Dustin Wallace (138), Jadarius Evans (182), Demarrion Canter (195) and Gage Herr (220),

Meanwhile, in basketball, the Chester boys finished fourth in the region and earned a spot in the Class AAA state playoffs. The playoff run was short-lived, however, as the Cyclones lost a first-round battle with Union County. The final record was 9-10 overall.

The girls team had a particularly tough season in region play, failing to win a league game, thus missing the state playoffs. Chester’s final record for the season finished at 6-12 overall.

The baseball team will open its 2020 season on March 3rd against Andrew Jackson. The softball team is looking to contend again after making the state playoffs last season.







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