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The York Comprehensive High School wrestling team has amassed a sizzling 12-1 record in January — with the lone setback a narrow controversial loss to the No. 1-ranked Rock Hill Bearcats.
Sporting a 20-4 record entering this week’s competition, the Cougars have been ranked during the season.
“With the season winding down, the kids are pulling together and working hard to get the job done,” said first-year head coach Todd Hershberger. “Beau Nunn and Robert Cunningham are wrestling well at this stage of the season.”
Hershberger has been pleased with the level of participation and the widespread support of parents and fans.
The Cougar wrestlers hosted “The Main Event” on Nov. 29, a preseason scrimmage and evening meal that drew more than 300 to the school cafeteria and main gym.
“Our numbers are up this year,” Hershberger said of participation. “We have 38 varsity and jayvee participants. Our jayvee team sent nine to individual state competition and the York Middle School team sent seven.”
Hershberger said participation is up at the middle school level as well.
The varsity Cougar grapplers are readying for the Region 3-AAAA Individual Tournament to be held Saturday at Rock Hill High School, home of the No. 1 ranked Bearcats.
The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to upper state competition the following week.
Hershberger said the team playoffs will be Feb. 2, with details to be announced later this month.
In addition to Hershberger, other YCHS coaches include Tim Boyd, Mark Dennis and Everett Whitesides.
York Middle School wrestling coaches are Matt Elliott and Joe Floyd.
“Our goal is to be positive influences that lead these guys in the right way,” Hershberger said at the Main Event gathering.