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Chester wrestlers gearing for postseason


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Chester – The Chester High wrestling program is hoping to experience great success in the upcoming Class AAA state duals and individual championship tournaments.

Chester is currently ranked sixth in class AAA and will be a title contender, and several of the team members will likely contend in their respective weight classes as well.

The best hope for a state gold medal individually is senior La’Terrence Mills, who has been one of the top 170-pounders in the state this winter. Mills was a state qualifier last year and finished as the state runner-up in the 160-pound weight class. Mills has won individual titles at two tournaments – the Lugoff-Elgin Blue Demon and the Bearcat Invitational at Rock Hill.

The only other returning state qualifier is Teddy Murphy, who competed at 220-pounds last season but is wrestling as the 285-pounder this season.

Wrestling this season at 106 is Drue Shipman and Trent Bowser has had a solid season in the 113-pound weight class. Damon Sanders is competing at 126 pounds and Dustin Wallace is at 138 pounds.

Shahiem Willard wrestles at 145 pounds and Rathael Pendergrass is working in the 152-pound weight class. Jadarius Evans wrestles at 182 and Demarrion Canter is working in the 195-pound weight class. Gage Herr is also wrestling at 195/220.

Evans named all-state by HSSR

 Chester defensive lineman Quay Evans was recently selected to the High School Sports Report’s Statewide All-State team. It is the second all-state honor for Evans, who also was a AAA all-state pick by the South Carolina Coaches Association.

Evans, a three-year starter for the Cyclones, was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl all-star game on December 21. Evans was a member of the 44-man South Carolina all-star team.

Evans, who plans to sign with UConn, tallied more than 50 tackles this season, with 11 tackles for loss and four sacks.






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