Carolina Forest captures school-record 24th victory

The Carolina Forest wrestling team set a school record Tuesday night with its 24th victory of the season, surpassing the nine-year old record for wins in one season.

Perhaps most impressive is that the Panthers did so in mid-January with two weeks left in the regular season. If Tuesday’s matches are any indication, Carolina Forest could be wrestling a lot longer, and adding to its win total.

The Panthers, ranked No. 9 in Class 4A, dominated Lake City in the opener to tie the 2004 Carolina Forest squad with their 23rd victory. Then they battled to the record-breaker over Waccamaw in a thriller before a large crowd at The Black Hole.

The Warriors won four of the first five matches, including the match of the night between Carolina Forest’s Kory Lindell and Waccamaw’s John Van Slooten, who moved up from 145 to 160 and scored a hard-fought 4-2 decision.

Trailing 21-6, Carolina Forest rattled off seven straight wins, including Kyle Rice’s 2-1 decision over Travis Pierce at 220 to turn the tide in the Panthers’ favor for good. Joeph Krajewski (106), Cody Prince (132), Justin Hucks (170) and Josh Carranza (285) earned pins for the Panthers.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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