UNION COUNTY — The Union County wrestling team has finished within the top four spots in all dual tournaments this season, and the team is 13-1 in the last 14 dual matches.
Last Saturday, the team finished first at the Devildog Duals at Travelers Rest.
“Wrestling is about ‘team’ in the end,” said Coach Jon Langenfeld.
Langenfeld said there is a team atmosphere backing what is an individual sport.
“It takes a special person to participate in it,” he said. “You have no one else to blame but yourself when you lose, and if you win, your hand is the one getting raised, and that is one of the best feelings you can have.”
Langenfeld said he knew his team had potential this season.
“I have coached these kids at the middle school level and have the privilege to coach them now in high school,” he said. “These kids are family. They stay with each other! Win or lose, they support their brothers!”
Union County is 4-0 at home this year, with the biggest match of the season taking place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, against Broome and Chester, where the region championship will be decided.
Students will be admitted for $2 that night, and the team is asking everyone to wear black.
This year’s team captains are Cole Seymore and Zack Williford.
“This year we have battled hard and wrestled some good teams,” Seymore said. “We’re ranked No. 18 in the state right now, and we’re ready to prove that we’re better. We’ve battled through some injuries and ready for everyone to get healthy.”
Langenfeld and Seymore both said they are thankful to have coaches like Mark Moss and David Valentine, without whom the team would be lost. The team said “team moms” Lynn Valentine and Beth Lancaster are also very helpful, making sure wrestlers have food and drinks for every match.