UNION COUNTY — Union County High School wrestler LaBrayon “Debo” Woods placed 3rd in the 220-pound division in the AAA state championships.
Woods — a junior at UCHS — was ranked No. 5 in the state when he went to the state championships. As he left from UCHS to compete, the student body lined the walkway outside the school and cheered on their classmate during a special pep-rally-style ceremony.
Woods pinned his first opponent — who was from Myrtle Beach High School — in 43 seconds. Woods lost to his second opponent in the tournament — a wrestler from Swansea who eventually won the state championship.
The following day, Woods started out 1-1 in the tournament, with his first opponent being from Darlington. Woods pinned his opponent in the second period, putting him at 2-1.
Woods’ next opponent was from Eastside, and Woods scored the win in overtime to take home the bronze medal, which symbolized 3rd place in the state for the 220-pound weight class. Woods was 3-1 overall in the South Carolina State Championship Tournament.
“We are proud of him and can’t wait for next year where he is expected to win gold!” said Coach Jon Langenfeld, who said Woods represented Union County well.
Union County also had five other underclassmen wrestlers who finished 5th in the Upper State Championships.
“At the 2017 state championship, we will have many more of our wrestlers accompanying Debo on the road to state,” Langenfeld said.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.