Editor’s note: The following post is based on contributed information.
CHAPIN – The Nation Ford Falcons wrestling team finished about middle of the pack recently at the US Military Duals. The Falcons finished sixth out of 13 teams after winning two out of the five duals they wrestled in.
The Rock Hill-based South Pointe Stallions won the event beating Cane Bay.
Nation Ford lost 39-29 in the fifth-place match against Stratford, based out of Goose Creek. The Falcons led for the first half of the match, but then lost five straight bouts.
Falcons head coach Dan Snell said he was proud of how some of his wrestlers competed.
“Dax (Stegall) had a really good weekend,” Snell said. “Caden (Brandenburg) had a good weekend. Reed (Spilmann) finished strong as well.”
Getting wins for Nation Ford against Stratford was Brandenburg (120), Stegall (126),Jacob Moore (145), Steven Johnson (152), Sean Grennan (hwt.), Solomon Moore(106) and Spilmann (113).
Nation Ford beat Gibbs (Tenn.) 44-27 to get to the fifth-place. Spilmann opened the match with a 15-4 major, followed by wins from Brandenburg, Stegall and Dylan Tindall (132). The Falcons also got wins from Jacob Moore, Johnson, Harris Esposito (160) and Solomon Moore.
The Falcons had a tough opponent in South Pointe to open the second day of the duals losing 52-18.
“South Pointe is a very tough team,” Snell said. “They are scrappy.”
South Pointe surged to a 27-0 lead before Stegall got a 4-3 decision followed by a 11-6 decision from Tindall. The Falcons would only win two more matches against the Stallions as Jacob Moore and Bryson Perdue (170) both pinned their opponents.
On the first day of the duals, Nation Ford split matches, losing to River Bluff 54-18 and beating Wando 59-12.
At 9-7 overall, Nation Ford now turns its attention to rivals Fort Mill, who they must beat to qualify for the 5A state playoffs. If the Falcons don’t win, they still may be able to make the playoffs as a wild card team. The match against Fort Mill is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Nation Ford.