Gators topple county rivals on mat

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rob Gantt/Gazette Goose Creek’s Jaret Dicken (right) records a pin in the Gators’ 61-12 win over Berkeley.


A pair of Berkeley County rivals were no match for the Gators on the mat Friday night at HHS.

The Gators improved to 11-3 on the season with easy wins over Berkeley (61-14) and Hanahan (55-13). Hanahan recorded a win on Friday too, mounting a furious rally in the final four weight classes to beat Berkeley 40-36.

“We hadn’t beaten Hanahan in three years, so that was nice,” Goose Creek coach Leonard Covington said. “I felt like we got better. Last year I sat here and I knew their lineup better than ours last year. They were really sharp last year, but we came over here and did well tonight.”

Covington’s team travels to Cane Bay on Wednesday, Jan. 22 for another Region 7-AAAA matchup. The Gators are 1-1 against region foes, having lost to Wando and beaten West Ashley.

Goose Creek defeated West Ashley 65-12 two days earlier.

If the Gators beat Cane Bay, it sets up a showdown with city rival Stratford for second place in the region.

That match is set for Jan. 27 at GCHS.

“We gotta get past Cane Bay on Wednesday,” Covington said. “It’s big and we’ve got to wrestle well, and then get ready for Stratford. That should be a barnburner. That should be fun. That will be home. Hopefully we’ll have a good crowd and have a good time.”

Hanahan is set to travel to James Island on Wednesday, Jan. 22 also going for second place in its region.

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