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The York Comprehensive High School wrestling team has played a demanding schedule to prepare for Region 3-AAAA matches that will shape the season.
The Cougar grapplers finished third in Saturday's 16-team Hillcrest event, despite depleted numbers because of the flu bug. “We missed four weight classes because of kids battling the flu,” noted first-year head coach Todd Hershberger.
The Cougars' strong showing in the Hillcrest event capped off a busy week on the mats. The YCHS wrestlers defeated Chapin 47-21 and Chester 54-14 in a three-way match prior to the Hillcrest competition.
The local wrestlers began the week with competitive losses to Lugoff-Elgin and Dorman in a three-way match at home. Lugoff-Elgin prevailed in a 38-35 nail-biter after the Cougars held the lead for much of the match.
The Cougars had a late lead against Dorman before the Cavaliers prevailed 40-28.
“The kids are competing well and making progress as we prepare for region competition,” Hershberger said. “It is still early in the season and we are tweaking the lineups.”
The Cougar grapplers will compete at the Dorman Duals Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and are scheduled to host Chester and Airport Dec. 19.