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Warriors honor wrestling stars

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Cortez, Ross earn top honors as state champs

By Robert Howey

Indian Land High School’s Solomon Cortez and Austin Ross earned top honors at the annual Warriors wrestling awards banquet this spring.
The Warriors, who posted a school-record 27-4 mark, won the Region IV-AAA championship and finished as the Class AAA Upstate runner-up, honored a host of wrestlers.
Ross, a junior, captured the Class AAA 113-pound state championship after winning the 106-pound weight class as a sophomore.
Ross, 3-0 in the state field with three pins, finished 51-7 for the year. He qualified for the Class AAA state tournament as the Class AAA Upper State 113-
pound champion. Ross was the Region IV-AAA Wrestler of the Year for the lower- weight classes, 106-145 pounds.
Cortez, the Class AAA 106-pound state champion, was 46-5 on the season.
He notched a decision of Woodruff’s Tony DeLaGarza to win the state crown. Cortez was the Class AAA Upstate runner-up at 106 and the region champion in the same weight class.
Senior standout Kyle Daley, who has signed to wrestle at Limestone College, earned the team’s Legacy Award.
Daley, a state runner-up in the 2018 Class AAA individual state championship tournament, posted a 51-8 record this season with 30 pins.
Daley, an all-region wrestler as a Region IV-AAA individual champion, was also selected the Region IV-AAA Wrestler of the Year for the upper-weight classes, 152-285 pounds. He also competed in the annual North-South Wrestling Classic, honoring the state’s top senior wrestlers.
Warriors wrestlers Teddy Yarborough, Weston Nguyen and Raul Neil were selected the team’s Most Improved Wrestlers.
Nguyen, at 120, was a region champion and placed fourth in the Class AAA individual state tournament.
Yarborough, at 132, and Neil, at 195, were region runner-up finishers and qualified for the state tournament with fourth-place finishes in the Class AAA Upper State tournament.
Clint Creech was honored with the Future Warrior Award, and Xavier Dreese reaped the Kersey Spirit Award, presented in memory of the late Mike Kersey, the former Warriors wrestling coach. Dreese was a region champion at 138.
Dominic Pestano, a senior grappler, was presented the Warriors Coaches Award.
Jordan Crosen, who placed third in the 106-pound weight class at the junior varsity state tournament, was the Junior Warriors Wrestler of the Year.

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ILMS awards
The Indian Land Middle School wrestling team, which won the state title for the second straight season, honored eighth-grader Max Yegge as the team’s Wrestler of the Year.
Yegge, 28-0 on the season in the 90-pound weight class, won an individual state title for the second straight season. He was also named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the 2018 middle school state tournament. He won the 82-pound state crown as a seventh-grader during the 2016-17 season.
Angel Neil was the team’s Most Improved Wrestler.
Jordan Overstreet earned the Middle School Wrestling Coaches Award.