Twelve LWA wrestlers strike gold

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

Provided photo The Lowcountry Wrestling Academy captured its third straight club championship earlier this month.

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 club’s 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 club’s 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).

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