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IL wrestlers prepare for state tournament

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By Robert Howey

The Indian Land High School wrestling team is focusing on the individual state tournament, which begins this weekend with the Class AA Upper State round.
The Class AA Upstate tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Crescent High School in Powdersville.
The top finishers in the Upper State field at Powdersville will advance to the state championship tournament in Anderson at the Anderson Civic Center. The state tournament, hosted by Westside High School, will include all classes competing at the site.
Indian Land, which went 17-10 in regular-season action, was 1-1 in the single-elimnation Class AA Upper State tournament Feb. 4 in Powdersville.
The fifth-seeded Warriors opened with a 40-36 win over Palmetto High School of Williamston, but then fell to fourth-seeded Woodruff High School, 45-30.
Woodruff then fell to top-seeded Chesnee High School.
Emerald High of Greenwood won the Upper State championship, but fell to Lower State champion Hanahan of North Charleston, 40-34, on Feb. 11.
Hanahan defeated Edisto for the Class AA Lower State title.
As a team, Indian Land was the runner-up in the All-Region IV-AA tournament Jan. 28 at Buford High School.
Indian Land, led by first-year head coach Rondale Truesdale, had six wrestlers capture individual weight titles, while three Warriors placed second.
Taylor Pendleton (113, 3-0, two pins), Jared Smith (132, 3-0, 2 pins), Shawn Washington (138, 3-0, 3 pins), George Morris (145, 3-0, 1 pin), Logan Creed (152, 3-0) and Marc Morris (heavyweight, 3-0) led the IL winners.
IL runner-up finishers included James Daley (106), Devin Curtsinger (120) and Jonathan Rowe (126).
Will Chapman (195) placed third in the tournament. Donovan Patterson (160) and Eric Taylor (170) each placed fourth.
“I think we have some individual wrestlers who can do well over the next two weeks,” Truesdale said. “We wrestle in a tough region and competing in a tough non-region schedule should help us be prepared for the challenges ahead.”