Greenwood High School wrestling coach Greg Brewer said he had four wrestlers who have opened the season wrestling well but have yet to really be tested.
That will change for three of those grapplers today and Saturday at the Greenwood Invitational.
With 18 teams, 9 of whom are ranked, competing during the two-day tournament, Brewer expects 152-pound Steven Crowder, 160-pound Justice Chauvion and 285-pound JD Ehney to finally get on the mat with some strong wrestlers.
The fourth Greenwood wrestler having a strong season, 170-pound Shane Whitt, will miss the tournament with an injury.
"We've got some guys that really need to be challenged, so we're excited for the opportunity," Brewer said. "Steven Crowder will have a very tough weight at 152. We think Justice will have a very tough weight, too. JD Ehney at heavyweight, heavyweight is probably the toughest weight in the tournament.
"We're looking forward to wrestling against good people and seeing how we measure up."
Along with Greenwood, Emerald, Ninety Six, Abbeville and Ware Shoals will all compete in the invitational. Emerald, Ninety Six and Abbeville are three of the nine ranked teams. The Vikings are the highest ranked team in the tournament, checking in at No. 2 in Class AAA, while Abbeville is 15th and Ninety Six 20th in Class AA-A.
Although Emerald has the best ranking in the tournament, coach Andy Wright expects tough competition. Belton-Honea Path is ranked fifth in AAA, and the Bears bounced Emerald from the playoffs last year. Hilton Head is 13th, Berea is 19th and Union County is 20th in AAA, while Crescent (fifth) and Powdersville (12th) are both ranked in Class AA-A.
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