Sharks claim third wrestling tournament title of season

The St. James High wrestling team is making a name for itself in all corners of the state.

The No. 1-ranked Sharks won their third tournament championship this weekend, capturing first place out of 24 teams in the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Duals.

Defending state champion John Vanslooten (145 pounds) and twin brothers Derek (152) and Codi Rothermel (138) won their respective weight classes to remain undefeated on the season and lead the Sharks to their third tournament title of the month.

After finishing a close second in the North Myrtle Beach Classic last month, St. James has won the Marion Duals, their own Shark Invitational, finished second at the 24-team Seahawks Slam in Hilton Head Island and now added the B-E Duals to their growing list of tourney titles.

St. James hopes to add the ultimate title to its collection at the end of the season – Class AAA state champs – but that goal is still a couple of months away. By hitting the tournament circuit every weekend this season, the Sharks have spread their reputation as contenders and prepared themselves for the rigors of tournament formats.

Perhaps more importantly, the additional time spent together on and off the mat has helped St. James develop a team mentality that should pay huge dividends down the road.

“It’s great to watch as a coach how our team gets along so well and all work really hard to be the best they can be on and off the mat,” said St. James coach Matt Anderson.

The Sharks return home to regular-season play Thursday against region rival North Myrtle Beach. The meet will be held at 6p.m. in the Shark Tank.

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