The AAAA Upper State Wrestling Tournament was held at LDHS on Friday and Saturday February 15th & 16th 2013. The Raiders had qualified 10 wrestlers for the tournament and when it finished, 2 of them have qualified for the State Tournament this coming weekend at the Anderson Civic Center. Austin “Spanky” Crocker finished 1st in the 195-pound weight class.. He defeated the #1 seed in the semi-finals and then took a 5-3 decision in overtime to take the upper state championship. He will be joined in Anderson next weekend by teammate Ryan Hughes who finished 2nd in the 182-pound weight class. Ryan won the vast majority of his matches this season and took the 1st 3 of his matches this weekend. He did get pinned in the finals but was not 100% as he suffered an arm injury in one of those matched that affected him in the finals. Check out the videos below from matches these young men participated in Saturday as well an interview with them and Coach Rob Sheffield.
Both wrestlers winning semi-final matches.
Spanky Crocker winning Upper State Title
Interview with Coach Rob Sheffield and the two wrestlers.