The Waccamaw wrestling program just got a few more notches on its belt.
Shea Burke (145) and Tyler Davis (285) made it all the way through their respective weight classes Saturday in Anderson, becoming just the second and third wrestlers to win individual state titles in the Waccamaw program’s eight-year history.
John Van Slooten, who began his career at St. James, transferred to Waccamaw and finished it at Summerville a year ago, was the first. Burke won a 9-2 decision and Davis won a 4-1 decision.
“We’re real excited to get our first home-grown ones,” Warriors coach Scott Cook said.
Cook hopes the victories help the program, which sometimes has trouble filling out a competitive roster.
“It’s funny because we talk about that all the time, especially being a AA-A school,” Cook said. “It’s difficult to fill all 14 weight classes, not just finding the right numbers but the right size for each class. It’s like trying to get the right shoe to fit.”
Cook hopes this is just the beginning for a program trying to build tradition. He said they instituted a youth program two years ago and hopes Saturday’s showing influences more kids to get into wrestling.
“Any time you get success, it breeds company. Hopefully this will start to bring some more kids out to wrestle,” he said. “It’s just growing and growing so that’s just wonderful for our program.
“… Once you get a couple banners in the gym and people look up and say ‘What’s this wrestling stuff all about?’ – it brings interest.”
The Warriors’ Arman Singh (138) had a runner-up finish.
“We were excited and they fulfilled what they thought they could do,” Cook said.