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Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School

Bamberg-Ehrhardt 3-peats to join select group with six state wrestling titles, 1-2 Pride, 1-2 Family

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – Bamberg-Ehrhardt captured it’s third consecutive state championship for the second time in school history defeating North Central 42-30 and, in the process, joined a select group of eight teams that have won at least six state dual championships.

What makes this even more impressive is that Red Raiders have done this in the last decade and have done it with three different coaches at the helm. In fact, current head coach Mark Moody was on the first Bamberg-Ehrhardt team to three-peat and there in lies one of the reasons for their success, It’s all in the family.

“I was a member of the first Bamberg team that won a three-peat and the core of juniors that we have on the team want to solidify their place in Bamberg wrestling history by surpassing my high school team by winning four dual state championships in a row,” said coach Moody. “We are also family. Coming from a small town means that most of these wrestlers grew up playing sports together and have known each other almost all their lives. This plays a huge factor in our success because we can win, lose, dominate, and fight back to win together as a family.”

To help bring the type of atmosphere that coach Moody wanted he counted on his seniors Jackson Stembridge, Jared Gilliard, Nygheyen'e Glover, Ty'Quez Stuckey, Colby Hiers, and Christian Draper. These six guys also were the team’s captains and the guys the coach Moody counted on in big matches.

Stembridge (126), Stuckey (152) and Draper (285) all brought golds back from the state individual wrestling meet while Gilliard (138) and Glover (145) took third and fourth respectively. It was Stembridge’s second gold medal

Zymire Chisholm (113) brought home a silver medal while Dakota Russell (120) brough home a bronze from the individual meet which helped the Red Raiders capture the individual state meet with 120 points.

“I am extremely proud to be able to coach such a hardworking group of guys who are dedicated to wrestling and adding to the illustrious wrestling tradition that has been built at the school,” said coach Moody

 

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