Greenwood's Steven Crowder, bottom, wrestles during this year's All-Lakelands tournament which he won at 152 pounds. He was also honored as all-Region 1-AAAA.
(Andrew Macke | Index-Journal)
Steven Crowder was one escape from qualifying for the Class AAAA individual state tournament as a freshman last year. All he needed to do was break free to score one point in the quarterfinals of the Upper State tournament, and he would have likely punched his ticket to state.
Instead, his season ended at Upper State. And the Greenwood wrestler has not forgotten that ending.
"It really put a motivation for me this year, for how I should wrestle and drill on what I need to work on more," Crowder said. "It's a pretty big goal (going to state), and I was hoping to go last year. That didn't happen, so this year, I'm determined to get it done."
After a successful sophomore season where he has posted a 48-2 record, earned a spot on the All-Lakelands team and won the 152-pound Region 1-AAAA title, Crowder will get another shot at becoming a state qualifier this weekend.
Crowder and teammates Liam Kelley (220 pounds) and JD Ehney (285) will compete in the individual Upper State tournament at Laurens, beginning today.
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