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Success for South Wrestlers

Nick Gillespie wrestlers earlier in the season. Photo by Becca Brack

South finishes their most successful season in their history

           South Wrestling capped off a successful season Feb. 16-18 in Columbia at wrestling State.  South had two All-State wrestlers who placed in the top six and eight total wrestlers representing the team at State.
           Both Chase Gray, a junior who wrestled 182, and Nick Gillespie, a senior who wrestled 195, finished in the top six which earned them All-State honors.  Gray finished second in his weight class with his only loss coming in the championship match 5-0.  Gillespie finished fifth is his weight class.
           “I placed fifth which is what I was ranked so it makes sense,” said Gillespie, “I wanted to finish top four though.”
           South did finish higher as a team then they ever had before, finishing in the top 10 at state.
           “I think our team wrestled well, but I could’ve done better,” said George Barth, sophomore.
           All of South’s wrestlers except Kenric Cook, junior, won at least one match at State.  Some of the wrestlers even pulled upsets.
           “The best part was beating Connor Flynn,” said Barth.  “He was 46-3.”
           South is expecting to have an even better year next year.  Six of the eight South wrestlers who went to State are coming back next season.
           “It was our first time finishing in the top 10, but I think they can be even better next year,” said Gillespie, who is also a senior captain.  “I think they can be top five.”