Athlete of Week: Mewhorter seeks final shot at state title

aow-mewhorterSt. James senior wrestler Michael Mewhorter has had one thing on his mind since finishing second in the Class 3A state tournament last year: Come back and win it all.

That lofty goal is now within reach for the state’s top-ranked wrestler in the 145-pound pound class. The Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week heads to the Lower State tournament this weekend looking to take the next step.

“I’ve been looking forward to getting another shot at it ever since last year,” said Mewhorter, who carries a 36-1 record into the postseason. “I worked out all summer with my teammates and coaches to get ready for another opportunity.”

Mewhorter has had to rely on new practice partners after losing his primary sparring foe, older brother Brandon Mewhorter, who is a freshman at Spartanburg Methodist this season. The two grew up scrapping long before it became a sport.

“We didn’t understand what wrestling was until high school but we definitely beat each other up a lot,” the younger sibling joked. “It was nice when he was here because we could try moves out on each other and practice together.”

Mewhorter credits his St. James teammates and his club members at Grand Strand Hurricanes for helping him get ready for his ultimate personal goal. The Sharks missed out on the chance to compete for a team title so Mewhorter (along with four other Sharks) will carry the hopes of the team in his pursuit of an individual title.

“I wouldn’t be who I am today without my family, teammates and Coach Lohman, Anderson, Mason and Coach Mike,” Mewhorter said. “They pushed me hardest when I needed it the most and they were always there for me no matter what.

“I feel confident going in, and I want to have my teammates and coaches come up state and be there with me. It’s been my goal to win a state championship since my freshman year and this is my last chance to do it.”

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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