St. James’ Mewhorter goes out on top as state champ

sjwrestle-mewhorterchampSt. James senior Michael Mewhorter knew Saturday’s Class 3A Wrestling Tournament was his last shot to walk off the mat a state champion. The 145-pounder took full advantage of the opportunity by claiming the 145-pound state title in Anderson.

Mewhorter, who placed second in the state last season, earned it the hard way this year by going the distance in all three matches and winning six-minute decisions.

After rolling to wins of 14-2 and 12-5 in the quarters and semifinals, respectively, he nearly met his match in the final. But Mewhorter took down Pickens’ Brett Brezeale with a 4-2 decision.

Fellow St. James senior Aaron Foster came out on the opposite end of a dramatic decision in the championship match, losing 3-2 in quadruple overtime to West Oak’s Gavin James in the heavyweight division. He scored a third-period pin in the quarterfinals and scored a major decision of 14-5 in the semis to reach the final.

It was an otherwise disappointing showing on the medal stand for the other 20 local wrestlers who qualified for the event. No other wrestlers reached made the top four.

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