High School Wrestling

Summerville tops Lexington in finals of Coach Trap Wrestling Duals

ccox@islandpacket.comJanuary 19, 2014 

Saturday was a measuring stick for Summerville wrestling coach Darryl Tucker.

The Green Wave, ranked No. 2 in Class 4-A, took down third-ranked Lexington earlier this season. But both teams have changed significantly since then, adding more pieces to the lineup as each grew healthier.

So when the two teams met up in the championship final of the Coach Trap Memorial Tournament at Battery Creek, it was an opportunity to see how the sides stacked up with the postseason looming.

"We really wanted to see if we've gotten better," Tucker said. "We're right there."

Summerville proved to be better once again, hanging on to nip the Wildcats, 33-32, despite a furious Lexington comeback. The Green Wave built a 33-10 advantage after James Sass' 10-4 decision at 113 pounds before the Wildcats won the final five weight classes.

When Lexington's Alex Berg failed to register more than just a decision in the second-to-last match, it left Summerville with a seven-point lead, and the Green Wave forfeited the final bout with their title assured.

The Wildcats notched only one pin and one major decision among their eight victories.

"Saving those extra points adds up," Tucker said. "And that's what it comes down to."

The final round was also a barometer of sorts for host Battery Creek, which wrapped up its second day with 54-25 win over Hilton Head Island High School and a dominating victory over Colleton County. They also fell to Liberty, 40-29, after entering the final weight class trailing by just five points.

Liberty -- which defeated Beaufort High in the Eagles' only match Saturday -- is expected to be the Class 2-A favorites in Upper State this year, Dolphins coach Nathan Day said. The close result left Battery Creek encouraged about its postseason prospects. Omar Daniels (106) Brian LaBean (130), Cooper Kaminsky (195) and Alex Nelson (285) all went 4-0 on the weekend.

"(We) know where we match up with them well and see what we need to do to get a little better," Day said.

While the Green Wave and Dolphins left encouraged, the same couldn't be said for the Seahawks. Hilton Head High finished 1-3 on the weekend, losing to both Battery Creek and Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 42-35.

"I think we had a setback this weekend," coach Mike Newton said. "I had been pretty pleased up until now with our progression."

The Seahawks still are optimistic about their season, however. They will go for a Region 8-AAA title Tuesday night at Berkeley and enter with a pair of wrestlers in Matt Levy (126) and Brock Massey (138) coming off 4-0 records at this weekend's tournament.

The Green Wave like their chances, too. Saturday's championship performance proved as much.

"We think that, but at the same time, they're going to go back to the wrestling room and get better," Tucker said of Lexington. "We're going to do the same thing. There's a lot of time between now and the playoffs."

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