Coach Forte has just compiled this list of our program's history at the State Tournament. If you see any mistakes or omissions, please message us. Thanks!
Huntingdon College Assistant Coach Marvin Galette is coming to Nation Ford for a clinic on June 26! Open to middle and high school wrestlers. Sign up at https://gofan.co/app/events/293897…. Limit is 25 wrestlers.
We will be hosting our summer camp for rising 2nd through 8th graders July 19-22. The registration link is: https://gofan.co/app/events/288299?schoolId=SC12429
Three Falcon wrestlers were recently named to The Herald's All-Area Team. Steven Johnson was named to the First Team at 152 pounds. Caden Brandenburg was a Second Team selection at 145 pounds, and Clayton Rygol was Honorable Mention. We are so proud of these three wrestlers!
Senior Steven Johnson has been selected to the North/South All-Star Match. This is a great honor, as the South Carolina High School Association picks the best senior wrestlers in South Carolina to take part in this event. He will be wrestling on March 13 against Ryan Dobbs of West Oak.
Steven Johnson finished a great career by placing 2nd in the State Tournament at 152 pounds. He won his quarterfinals match by a major decision over Vince Del Priore of Chapin by a score of 17-8. In the semifinals, he won a tough match against Rayshawn Springs of Fort Dorchester by a score of 8-5. In the finals he lost to the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, David Hunsberger of Byrnes in the finals by technical fall, 22-7.
Nation Ford had three wrestlers place in the top three at the Upper State Tournament to earn a trip to the SCHSL State Wrestling Tournament. Senior Steven Johnson led the way with a 2nd place finish at 152 pounds. This will be his second trip to the State Tournament, placing 4th last year. Sophomore Clayton Rygol earned his first trip to the State Tournament by placing second at 220 pounds. Also making his first State Tournament will be Junior Caden Brandenburg, who placed 3rd at 145 pounds.
The SCHSL State Tournament will be held on March 6 at Dreher High School.
Caden Brandenburg (145) and Steven Johnson (152) both won by pins in the finals at the 5A Region 3 Tournament. Placing second for the Falcons were Isaac Nieves (160), Clayton Rygol (220) and Ryan deLeon (182). Ja'Derrick Foster (132) and Alan Minarro (HWT) placed third. The team now needs to wait on the SCHSL to decide whether top three or top two make it to the Upperstate Tournament.
Next up for the Falcons is a dual meet at home against Rock Hill on February 6.
The Falcons beat Boiling Springs, and then lost to eventual Region Champs Clover to finish third in the region at 2-2. After a previous win against Gaffney and two hard-fought losses to York and Fort Mill, the Falcons are now 5-4 overall. Next up is the 5A Region 3 Individual Tournament at Fort Mill HS.
The Falcons beat Westwood by a score of 60-24 and Catawba Ridge 38-33 to improve their record to 3-0 on the season. Going 2-0 on the day were Mitchell Ladamus (113), Caden Brandenburg (145), Steven Johnson (152), Isaac Nieves (160), Ryan deLeon (182), and Alan Minarro (HWT).
The Falcons will return to action at South Pointe on Tuesday, January 19. For the most recent schedule, click th above Link.
After finishing the dual tied at 39, the Falcons won on tie-breaker criteria over Blythewood. The Falcons will be back in action on January 12th in a quad meet agains Clover, Gaffney, and Boiling Springs. The meet will take place at Clover HS.
We are looking for sponsors for the 2020-2021 wrestling season. All donations will go towards the operating costs of the program. For more information, contact Head Coach Tony Forte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steven Johnson capped off a solid season by placing fourth at 145 pounds in the SCHSL State Tournament. We are so proud of him and appreciate his leadership this year both on and off the mat!
With the rise in school districts requiring clear bags at many of their sporting events, the wrestling team is selling clear stadium bags. These bags also meet NFL standards. The Anderson Civic Center, where the SCHSL State Tournament is held each year, also has a clear bag policy. You can stop by Coach Forte's room (Room D110) or email him to purchase one. Bags are $10 each.
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