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BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick High School wrestling team completed one of its most successful seasons by winning the Waccamaw Conference championship wrestling tournament Saturday morning at South Brunswick.
Ten matches were wrestled and the Trojans won six of them, all of them by underclassmen.
The Trojans had already won the regular-season conference championship by sweeping North Brunswick and South.
Now the Trojans get ready for the state duals (which are for teams) and for the regional (which is for individuals).
“Our region is pretty tough,” Caraway said. “We’re going to try to send whoever we can to the state tournament and, hopefully, get on top of the podium, because that’s our goal.”
For Caraway, the regular season has been one highlight after another.
“Some of our younger guys, freshmen and sophomores, really helped out this year,” Caraway said. “Been really pleased with the season. We have 51 kids out. We had to let some go as we get into individual competition time, tournament time, and we need the space in the (wrestling) room.
“My boys are still working hard. They’re coming to practice every day with a positive attitude—like we can do something. Not that we’re looking past anything, we’re also excited for next year, too.”
At 120 pounds, eighth-grader Porfirio Bautista beat South junior Jarrett Walls 3-2.
At 138 pounds, sophomore David Frazier beat North sophomore Hunter Swink 15-4.
At 145 pounds, freshman Sterlin Fullerton beat North sophomore Anthony Walker 8-4.
At 160 pounds, junior Dylan Darguzas won by technical fall over South sophomore Christian Stiller.
At 182 pounds, junior Albert Landa beat South junior Bailey Hill by second-period fall.
At heavyweight, junior Marquis Brown beat South sophomore Colby Hill by second-period fall.
South had three champions. At 132 pounds, junior Dustin Jones beat West freshman Michael Nelson 8-3. At 152 pounds, junior Trey Borsuk beat West junior Elijah Jackson 4-3. At 220 pounds, junior Trent Allen beat West senior Bobby McRainey 6-2.
North had one champion. At 170 pounds, sophomore Evin Bellamy beat West sophomore Daniel McRainey by first-period fall.
West also won championships at these uncontested weights: sophomore Caleb Jasper at 106, sophomore Jyquan Green at 113, sophomore Campbell Alspaugh at 126 and junior Dakota Smith at 195 pounds.
“It’s been a good season,” Caraway said. “It’s been hard. Sometimes when you have good teams it’s hard to hold them together. But it’s been fun. It’s definitely been fun.”