Dutch Fork High School senior Marcus Montgomery (feature photo above) and Chapin High School junior Hank Manos each won state championships on Saturday at the South Carolina High School League individual wrestling meet at the Anderson Civic Center.
Montgomery clinched the Class AAAAA 195-pound division with a 3-1 decision. Dutch Fork wrestling coach Kyle Kimrey discussed how proud he was to see Montgomery finish his career on top.
“Marcus wrestled a heck of a state tournament and handled the pressure of being the front-runner brilliantly,” Kimrey said. “I’m extremely happy and proud of Marcus for finishing his Dutch Fork wrestling career as a state champ! He has spent a lot of time on the mat, and he and his family have invested a lot to get to this achievement.”
“This means so much to me. All the hard work, dedication, sweat, tears and struggle that I have put into this sport has finally paid off,” Montgomery said. “But more importantly, all the hard work I have put into the classroom has paid off because if I didn’t work there, I would have never had the chance to wrestle.”
Manos took home the Class AAAA 285-pound title with a 2-1 decision, capping an undefeated season.
“Winning this state championship means the world to me,” Manos said. “I have worked so hard for so many years and this accomplishment just makes it all worth it. I was also happy to be able to win this championship for my coaches and teammates. There is no way I would be state champion without their commitment and sacrifice and it’s as much their state championship as it is mine.”
Chapin High wrestling coach Ken Wilson was thrilled for Manos.
“Hank had a super year and we are so thrilled for him,” Wilson said. “It was fun to watch him as hard as he works to get up early and lift weights, go to early bird for football and then come to wrestling practice. He put a lot of hours in to be able to be called a state champion.”