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Cane Bay High School

Cobra wrestlers aim for big run in 2019


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – As the top-ranked team in the Class AAAAA Lower State, the Cane Bay Cobras wrestling team hopes to compete for a state championship this season.

Cane Bay is ranked sixth among all AAAAA teams by, but they are the first Lower State team listed in the rankings. The Cobras won 12 of their first 15 dual matches this season and are undefeated in the regular season.

Cane Bay hopes to capture the region 7-AAAAA title later this month but will have to knock off county rival Stratford on January 23rd to secure the crown.

“If we can win the region, you get to wrestle the first three playoff matches at home so that’s huge,” coach Tim Wash said. “We still have work to do but we’re good to a good start. This is a good group. They all come to practice every day and they get after it. They make it enjoyable.”

The Cobras have a solid mix of senior veterans and strong newcomers, and good balance throughout the lineup. The team has four starters that have reached 100 career victories, including 160-pounder Spencer Wall, who earned his milestone victory in a win over Goose Creek last week.

Senior Dougie Metts, senior Ralph Inge and senior Chase Smith also have eclipsed the plateau.

“That’s a pretty cool deal, to have four guys with 100 wins on the same team,” Wash said. “That doesn’t happen very often. Real proud of all four of those guys.”

Metts is 21-2 with 14 pins as the state’s top-ranked 113-pounder in AAAAA. Inge is 21-5 with 10 pins and ranked fourth in AAAAA at 138 pounds, while Wall is 23-2 with 10 pins and ranked number one at 160. Smith, the top-ranked AAAAA performer at 220, is 17-0 with 13 pins.

Sophomore Raleigh D’Antico is ranked fourth at 106 with a 20-3 record and 11 pins. Junior Domenic D’Antico is 17-3 at 120 and senior Devon Anthony has 16 wins, including six major decisions, at 126 pounds.

 Senior Cody Ladd has 17 win and nine pins at 145. Sophomore Tristan Rivera and senior De Francis are working at 195 pounds. Malachi Jones is a sophomore heavyweight with nine wins early on.

In tournament action this season, Cane Bay was 5-1 at the Lexington Duals. They finished third out of 28 teams at the Demon Holiday Invitational and placed seventh among 29 teams at the Rock Hill Bearcat Invitational.

The lone tournament left on the schedule is the US Military duals at Chapin on January 18th.



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