The Lowcountry Wrestling Academy has been around for three years and competed at a championship level the whole time.
The local club recently won the 2014 South Carolina Youth Wrestling Association (SCYWA) club championships for the third year in a row.
The team consisted of youth wrestlers in all six SCYWA divisions, ranging from ages 6 and under to high school. The club, located in Sangaree off Highway 17A, had at least one state champion in every division and 25 grapplers earned all-state status by finishing inside the top four in their classes.
Among the group were 12 individual state champions, more than any of the other 40-plus youth wrestling programs that competed in the state championships.
The clubs state champions were Will Steinmeyer (Under 6 45 pounds), Dominick Polesovsky (U8 50 pounds), Tyler Nelson (U8 70 pounds), Robert McLeod (U10 60 pounds), Jackson Proctor (U10 65 pounds), Kalil Jenkins (U10 103 pounds), Cole Messina (U10 112 pounds), Joshua Maningding (U12 85 pounds), Tyler Hunter (U12 90 pounds), Matt Slayman (U12 120 pounds), QuMari Jackson (U15 180 pounds) and Kemp Shider (HS 138).
The clubs state runner-ups were Cole Green (U8 65 pounds), Kyle Dantico (U10 55 pounds), Logan Guanzon (U10 90 pounds), Chandler Amaker (U12 70 pounds), Preston Soriano (U12 -75 pounds), JB Brown (U12 80 pounds) and Aaron Watkins (HS 113 pounds).
Third-place finishers were Roman Watford (U10 75 pounds), Dougie Metts (U12 85 pounds), Zach Jurey (U12 90 pounds), Trysten LaBrier (U15 110 pounds) and Hayden Prince (U15 115 pounds).
Mason Hinshaw had a fourth-place finish (U6 55 pounds).