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Indian Land wrestlers win 3-way mat duals

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Warriors best AJHS, 70-12; MCHS, 75-6

By The Staff

Indian Land High School, the second-ranked team in Class AAA wrestling, pushed its mark to 10-2 with wins over county rival Andrew Jackson and Mid-Carolina high schools on Dec. 18 at ILHS.
The Warriors topped the Vols, 70-12, and took a 75-6 win over Mid-Carolina.
The Warriors’ winners against AJ included Drew Enders (106) forfeit, Max Yegge (113) forfeit, Solomon Cortez (126) pin, Weston Nguyen (132) forfeit, Teddy Yarborough (138) major decision, Foster Lambert (145) pin, Xavier Dreese (152) pin, Markeith Drakeford (160) pin, Terrell Ottinger (170) pin, William Portee (195) forfeit, Raul Neil (220) forfeit, Erick Neil (heavyweight) forfeit.
The Indian Land High winners against Mid-Carolina were Clint Creech (106) forfeit, Max Yegge (113) forfeit, Austin Ross (120) pin, Solomon Cortez (126) pin, Weston Nguyen (132) pin, Teddy Yarborough (138) pin, Foster Lambert (145) forfeit, Xavier Dreese (152) pin, Markeith Drakeford (160) pin, Terrell Ottinger (170) forfeit, William Portee (195) decision, Raul Neil (220) pin, Erick Neil (heavyweight) pin.
Warriors 4th in tourney
BUFORD, Ga. – The Indian Land High wrestling team placed fourth in the 28-team Buford High School (Ga.) Takedown Sportswear Invitational Tournament on Dec. 15-16 at the Buford City Arena.
The Warriors, with 160.5 points, had eight of their 12 wrestlers place in the elite field, which featured Georgia’s top prep wrestlers.
“This was another weekend of getting better for our Warriors as we battled with some of the best wrestlers in Georgia,” said Indian Land High School wrestling coach Leon Boulware. “I’m proud of how hard all of our young men battled.”
Indian Land was the top finishing team from the Palmetto State. Eastside High School of Taylors also competed in the tournament.
ILHS grapplers were led by Max Yegge, Solomon Cortez and Weston Nguyen, who each placed third in their respective weight classes.
Cortez was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the recent Coach Mike Kersey Memorial Tournament held Dec. 8 at ILHS.
Austin Ross was fourth in his weight class.
Xavier Dreese and Markeith Drakeford were each fifth in their weight class.
Teddy Yarborough and Erick Neil each placed sixth in the Georgia tournament.
“The work is not done, as we are building for February. We need to continue to work hard and make strides as a team,” Boulware said.
Host Buford topped the field with 247.5 points, followed by Cass High School (172.5 points), West Laurens High School (171 points) and Indian Land (160.5 points).

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