Daniels captures 3rd in Carolina Invitational State Tourney | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | January 27, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: January 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County Middle School wrestler Amarie Daniels tied for third place in his weight classification during the Carolina Invitational JV/MS Tournament held Saturday at Lexington High School. Daniels is a first-year wrestler in the program.
The tournament is sponsored by the South Carolina Wrestling Coaches Association (SCWCA) and is the last tournament of the season for qualified South Carolina junior varsity and middle school wrestlers. The prestigious tournament awards top four finishes in 14 junior varsity weight classes and 17 middle school weight classes.
Daniels, along with John Campbell (JV) and Blaine Cook (MS), qualified to compete in the event based on top three finishes in the Summerville JV/MS State Qualifier earlier this month. According to information on the SCWCA website, the Carolina Invitational began using JV/MS tournaments as qualifiers due to the growth of the sport at the MS/JV level. This allows young athletes the opportunity to wrestle their way to the event.
Advancing through five matches, Daniels went 4-1 on the day in his 185-pound class, with wins over JD Therrel– Clover; John Deason – Lexington; Josh Tucker – Lugoff Elgin and TJ Brown – Belton Honea Path. His only loss on the day came at the hand of Nico Piccirilli – Dorman.
Blaine Cook advanced to the semi-finals in the MS division, while John Campbell advanced to the quarter-finals in the JV division.
An honor student at CCMS, Daniels was happy to compete this season. “I won some matches this season — and lost some too,” said Daniels. “I feel good about making it to the state tournament since this is my first year wrestling. It really made my day to finish in third place. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me this season.”
Cougar JV/MS Wrestling Coach Byron Addison called the day long and stressful, but was pleased with Daniel’s finish.
“I can honestly say each of the wrestlers handled it well,” said Addison. “Being that it is Amarie’s first year in wrestling and first trip to a state tournament, I was expecting him to be nervous. Instead, he took on the day as if he was used to it and was ready to compete.”
Following Daniel’s first loss in the event, Addison and varsity wrestler Tyrese Pressey assured him he could battle back in the double-elimination format.
“Tyrese told him to relax and have fun, while reminding him he should be proud he made it there. Amarie took that advice and ran with it, which landed him a medal he can proudly sport.”
Colleton County varsity wrestling began competition in the individual region competition Wednesday Jan. 25 at Beaufort High School.