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Timberland’s Wadford wins state title; four others place

 

 St. Stephen - Timberland High sophomore Roman Wadford would not be denied his moment in the limelight.

In a dominating performance, Wadford won all three matches via fall to capture a Class 2A-A state championship in the 145-pound weight class on Saturday inside Anderson Civic Center.

“We really expected he could (win state) if he wrestled like he had been most of the season,” Wolves coach Ryan Rhoades said, “but at the same time you don’t want to put too much pressure on him. He handled it well.”

Timberland had four other wrestlers place among the top four in their respective weight classes. Logan Kinard was the state runner-up at 126 pounds and Ethan Dawson was second at 132 pounds. Dominick Milligan finished third at 170 and Hunter Elswick was fourth at 182 pounds.

Wadford was the top seed from the Lower State in the eight-man bracket.

On Friday, Wadford made quick work of his first opponent, winning by pin in 23 seconds, to earn a spot in the semifinal round.

Saturday’s semifinal opponent also fell by the wayside in the first period, setting up a championship match between Wadford and Ninety-Six’s Chance Hewett.

“He really developed a killer instinct this year,” Rhoades said. “Every match he wanted to dominate and control the match. “He was fun to watch all season long. He gained a lot more confidence in himself.”

Hewett was a tougher out than the first two but ultimately suffered the same fate, losing via fall in the third period as Wadford became the first THS state champion since Cooper Youngblood in 2018.

“The kid reversed him and got him in trouble a couple times but Roman kept wrestling. That’s the thing, he never stops.”

Wadford ended the season with a sparkling 49-3 record. He was a state qualifier at 138 pounds as a freshman.

“He’s already stated it is his goal to win it the next two years,” Rhoades said. “He’ll put in the work to continue to get better. He’s really a cerebral wrestler. He figures things out pretty quickly. He just kind of gets it. He also works really hard.”

 

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