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Warriors perfect in Pirate Duals

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By The Staff

The Indian Land High School wrestling team scored all the mat booty at the Pirate Duals at Porter Ridge High School in Union County, N.C., on Saturday, Jan. 5.
The ILHS matmen, 15-2, went 5-0 in the dual tournament.
The Warriors prevailed over Forest View of Gaston County, N.C., 74-3, 38-20 over host Porter Ridge, 62-15 over Anson County, N.C., 55-21 over Butler High School of Mecklenburg County, N.C., and 49-24 over East Meck High of Charlotte.
Indian Land was led by Austin Ross, Solomon Cortez, Weston Nyguyen and Xavier Dreese, who each went 5-0.
Max Yegge and Alex Murphy were each 4-0. Grant Witherspoon and Markeith Drakeford each posted a 4-1 mark. Drew Enders was 3-0. Erick Neil posted a 3-1 mark, while Foster Lambert was 3-2. Clint Creech and Phillip Padget were each 2-0. Terrell Ottinger was 2-1 in his matches.

IL coach Leon Boulware called the event “another top tier tournament” that he said would “help us as we prepare for our region competition and the upcoming playoffs.”
The Warriors wrestle at Class AAAA foe York Comprehensive High School on Friday, Jan. 11, and compete in the Piedmont Duels at Piedmont High School of Union County, N.C., on Saturday, Jan. 12.
4 IL wrestlers place in tourney
The Warriors placed four grapplers in the Southmoreland High School Excela Holiday Tournament in Alverton, Pa., on Dec. 27-28.
Three Warriors were fifth in their respective divisions, including Max Yegge (106), Xavier Dreese (152) and Markeith Drakeford (160). Raul Neil (220) placed seventh in his class.
The Warriors placed in the top third of the 32-team field, finishing 11th overall.
“We took nine wrestlers to the tournament, and four placed in the elite tournament field,” Boulware said. “The competition was outstanding and this was a great experience for our team.
“I think this is going to pay off for our wrestling team down the line, later in the season,” he said. “As we move forward with our wrestling program, I feel this will help us get to the next level.”
The Warriors are ranked No. 2 in Class AAA wrestling.