The Eastside Eagles wrestling team finished fourth out of more than 30 teams in the Steadman Hawkins Southern Slam Invitational held at Eastside High School on Friday and Saturday.
“This tournament is tougher than the state tournaments that these kids will compete in,” said Eastside coach Jack Kosmicki. “There are guys that become state champions or that will win state championships that barely place in this tournament.
“Over 300 wrestlers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia competed. Anybody that finishes in the top-8 of this tournament should take pride in that accomplishment. ”
Eastside freshman Jordie White captured first place with a 6-3 victory in the 106 lb. division championship match.
“I was nervous coming into the tournament,” said White. “I just kept pushing.
It was great competition all the way through.”
“Jordie came into the tournament unranked,” Kosmicki said. “I think he is the first freshman we’ve had to win his weight class in this tournament. It was a great accomplishment.”
Junior DeShawn Sullivan chalked up an 8-2 victory in the 220 lb. division championship match.
“DeShawn is a gifted athlete,” said Kosmicki. “We have just been waiting for him to hit his stride and find his style. Finishing that well will be great for his confidence moving forward.”
Berea senior Auston Hall captured first place with an 11-6 victory in the 138 lb. division final.
“He is the toughest kid that I have ever coached,” said Berea coach Marquise Camp. “He works really hard, and it is paying off.
He is everything you want in a wrestler. He is very coachable. He leads by example. He is the first person to practice and the last person to leave. A kid like him doesn’t come around very often.”
Eastside senior Zane Mitchell finished third in the 126 lb. division, while Tay Whitner from JL Mann placed third in the 220 lb. division.
Alex Brown from Eastside finished fourth in the 145 lb. division, while Kanon Hawkins from Mauldin earned fourth place in the 195 lb. division.
Eastside’s Jack Beehler finished fifth in the 182 lb. division. Hillcrest’s Nick Moore took home a seventh place finish in the 138 pound division. Berea’s Eddie Nguyen finished eighth in the 106 lb. division. Greenville’s Tyler Alexander placed seventh in the 182 lb. division.