Braves go for region title with Martin in their corner

The Socastee High wrestling team will have some added inspiration in its corner when the Braves try to clinch the Region 7-3A championship in a 6 p.m. match at St. James.

Teammate Dylan Martin, who has missed the 2012-13 season while undergoing treatment for leukemia, will serve as an honorary captain for Socastee against the rival Sharks.

“We are going to try and create an electric atmosphere,” said Socastee coach Jeff Gibbins. “We are encouraging everyone to wear orange in an effort to support his fight.”

The sophomore has already served as a source of motivation for the Braves this season after he was diagnosed with leukemia last summer following a successful freshman campaign.

After a summer tournament left him with serious bruising, Martin was diagnosed and forced to undergo extensive treatments at MUSC in Charleston. Since then, classmates have come through with several fundraisers for him and his family.

The experience has brough the entire team closer, Gibbins said, and the Braves can back it up by clinching the region title tonight. And they will have their toughest competitor in their corner.

 

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