York wrestlers defeat rival Clover in frantic finish

genegraham@comporium.netJanuary 28, 2014 

— The York Comprehensive High School wrestling team has its sights set on Saturday’s Region 3-AAAA meet at Fort Mill High School after defeating the Blue Eagles 33-31 last week.

The home-standing Cougars were in the driver’s seat until the Blue Eagles won the last four matches in a dramatic finish.

York head coach Todd Hershberger praised his young wrestlers for the win against Clover.

“Though we are young and inconsistent at times, I am proud of our kids,” said Hershberger. “We have freshmen and sophomores that will mature.”

The Cougar wrestlers have been ranked in the top 10 for much of the season.

Hershberger said he was pleased with the competitive edge the Cougars showed. “Several of our wrestlers dominated the final quarter even in a loss,” he said.

Cougar senior Robert Makar, who competes in the heavyweight category, pinned his opponent late for the win.

“I saw a little bit of an opening and got the pin,” Makar said. “My teammates got behind me and pushed me.

“We’re one big family on the mat.”

Thomas Wilkerson, a junior who wrestles at 182 pounds, also pinned his opponent in the latter stages of a match to pick up the win. “Conditioning was the key,” Wilkerson said. “I was in good shape, stayed focused and got the win.”

Junior Cole Rumfelt, a consistent winner for the Cougars all season, pinned his opponent for another win at 138 pounds. “You’ve got to man up and be quicker and smarter,” Rumfelt said.

Sophomore James Good, who also won by pin, said conditioning was key. “I didn’t think my opponent could go the full two minutes,” he said. “I had the stamina and got the win.”

Saturday’s region tournament at Fort Mill High School begins at 9 a.m.

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