Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2016
We have a special edition of the Greenville County Schools Player of the Week to honor a state championship team!
Eastside High Wrestling. The Eagles, led by coach Jack Kosmicki, claimed their 11th State Championship in wrestling by defeating Hilton Head 36-35 in Class AAA. The match started at 182 where Hilton Head put forth on of their premier wrestlers. Joseph Fernandez avoided pin for the Eagles, who trailed 0-5 after the technical fall. From that point Eastside wrestlers rolled! David Maholtz (195) and DeShawn Sullivan (220) earned 6 points apiece with pins in the next two matches. At 285, Eduardo Esparza put the Eagles up 15-5 with a 2-1 decision. Marzan Rumthao (106) added another pin in just 11 seconds and the route was on. Jordie White (113) and Cruise Baker (126) earned shutout decisions and Zane Mitchell (120) added a pin. Chance Pride (132) sealed the victory with a decision and the Eagles forfeited out to win 36-35.
Congratulations Eastside Wrestling, 2016 State Champions!
Here are the other finalists as submitted by their school:
Luke Boalt, Blue Ridge Basketball – 27 pts and 16 rebs vs Greer
Eastside Girls Basketball – Won Region-II AAA
Diamon Shiflet, Greer Basketball – She recorded 21 pts, 7 assists, 6 rebs and 3 steals in playoff win vs Chapin
Jaquan Holmes, Hillcrest Basketball – Scored 20 points in win over #3 Westside
Mercedes Brownlee, Hillcrest Dance – Lone Senior on HHS Dance team, performed a solo routine for school during Spirit Week.
Michael Felder, JL Mann Basketball – 15 points and game winning 3 point basket vs Dorman.
Mauldin Strength– Had 5 athletes win their weight class in region strength meet; Shawn Livingston at JV 205, Seth Hawkins at JV 235, Nate Morales at Varsity 150, Josh Rodgers at Varsity 180 and Patrick Wofford at Varsity Heavyweight
Anika Simpson, Mauldin Basketball – Averaged 12.5 ppg, 4 apg and shot 6/11 from 3 last week
Sam Crain, Travelers Rest Basketball – 7.5 ppg, 5 rpg who brought leadership and strong defense to team this season.
Anna Brinkman, Travelers Rest Basketball – Scholar athlete and team leader who led JV DevilDogs to undefeated season and a county championship.
Preston Parks, Wade Hampton Basketball – Finished career as Wade Hampton’s all-time leading scorer, 1591 points for career.