Red­skins go to Dis­ney

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­

Most kids like to go to Dis­ney World for the rides at the Magic King­dom dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­day, but the So­cial Cir­cle High School Wrestling team went for a dif­fer­ent ride. The ride the Red­skins were on led them to the Cham­pi­onship of the AAU Scholas­tic Du­als at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Cen­ter in Or­lando. The event bet­ter known as the Dis­ney Du­als, hosts over 120 teams from all over the coun­try. There are 4 (32) team di­vi­sions and SCHS dom­i­nated their di­vi­sion go­ing un­de­feated.

In the fi­nal bracket, SCHS went on to have seven vic­to­ries. 60-4 vs. Team Mon­ster (FL), 60-3 South­ern Slam (FL), 72-3 Croatan (FL), 66-8 FMWC Tsunami (FL), 70-3 Ore­gon Clay (OH), 72-0 Sand Creek (MI), and 66-6 Or­ange City (FL).

The Red­skins took over 20 kids from So­cial Cir­cle and two out of school wrestlers (Daw­son Bates from Jef­fer­son and Dal­ton Sikes from Oconee). The start­ing lineup con­sisted of 106 Kyle Mor­ris (9-1), 113 Daw­son Bates (10-0) and al­ter­nate Dal­ton Wheeler, 120 Levi Leach (91) , 126 Travis Tyson (8-2), 132 James Cor­sanitti (10-0), 138 Mitchell Clegg (8-2) and al­ter­nate Michael Thompson, 145 Reid Harris (10-0), 152 Cade Lackey (9-1) and al­ter­nate Trey Paschal, 160 Cameron Paschal (9-1), 170 Khamari Whim­per, 182 Aaron For­rester (9-0), 195 David Engstrom (10-0), 220 Ryan Harris (9-1), and 285 Dal­ton Sikes (6-4).

Head Coach Randy Prater said, “It was a great tour­na­ment for us. I had a great time watch­ing the kids per­form es­pe­cially since I wasn’t coach­ing.”

Coach Robert Cline coached the SCHS team at the Dis­ney Du­als. Cline has been to the Dis­ney Du­als eight times (six with Lo­ganville and two with So­cial Cir­cle) win­ning his first cham­pi­onship.

Prater also com­mented, “I can’t say enough about what coach Cline has brought to our pro­gram. He runs our youth pro­gram and also gives our mid­dle or high school wrestler the ex­tra at­ten­tion needed for them to reach their goals.”

The Red­skin team had six wresters go un­de­feated at the event (Bates 113, Cor­sanitti 132, Reid Harris 145, Whim­per 170, For­rester 182 and David Engstrom 195) with Aaron For­rester (182) re­ceiv­ing the “Out­stand­ing Wrestler Award.” So if your kids want to go to Dis­ney all they have to do is be­come a Red­skin.

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