Panthers pin down title to Swamp Fox Invitational

The Carolina Forest wrestling team turned this weekend’s Marion Swamp Fox Invitational into an all-Panthers production.

The Panthers captured the tournament title by defeating Aynor 52-28 in the championship match on Saturday night.They dominated their way to the trophy stand, scoring 49 points or more in their four victories.

Carolina Forest’s J.T. Hucks and Kory Lindell went a perfect 5-0 on the day, but Panthers coach Will Bratcher said it took a total team effort to win the highly competitive, 10-team tournament.

“I am so happy for all the kids in our wrestling program,” said Bratcher, whose Panthers improved to 7-2 on the season. “They have worked extremely hard and they deserve it.”

Carolina Forest advanced to the championship round by having the best record in their pool at 3-1. The Panthers defeated Socastee 49-30 and Waccamaw 49-25 before knocking off Berkeley 51-17 to move to the finals.

Ironically, North Myrtle Beach went 5-0 in the tournament but failed to make the finals due to a complicated tiebreaker with Aynor based on total points allowed. The Chiefs (8-0) defeated defeated Loris 46-30, Lake City 52-24, Marion 51-27, Darlington 61-18 and Marlboro County 72-12.

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3 responses to “Panthers pin down title to Swamp Fox Invitational”

  1. Jennifer harmon says:

    Interestingly, both Aynor and Carolina Forest (which lost earlier in the week to the NMB Chiefs) both got to the finals without having to wrestle the Chiefs, who were the only team to finish the tournament UNDEFEATED. The reason given to the Chiefs that they were not allowed the opportunity to at least wrestle off….was criteria.

  2. Liz Strillacci says:

    Jennifer I agree. It appears that the tournament was not particularly well run. Rules were changed, as well as the lineup, midstream, and though I take nothing away from the Carolina Forest wrestlers, North Myrtle Beach was deprived of the chance, despite it being in the original lineup, of wrestling Aynor, which would have broken the tie. I’m very disappointed with the way this tournament went. The NMB team didn’t get credit for their hard work.

  3. Lenny Crowe says:

    Aynor did defeat NMB in NMB the following weekend……

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