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Sims brings home the 2020 SCISA Middle School Wrestling State Title

Last Thursday, the Colleton Prep War Hawk Wrestling team was back on the road to face some tough competition in a tri-match at Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston. Competing in the competition was host Academic High, Military Magnet, Bishop England, and Colleton Prep. The War Hawks had to come out ready to wrestle as they got scheduled to wrestle three matches in a row.
In the first match, Francis Blubaugh (126) got the mat hot for the War Hawks with a back and forth battle to pin Military Magnet James Griffin in 5:45 minutes. Jackson Sims (182) and Thomas Craven (170) got forfeit wins also for the War Hawks with the final score: CPA 18 MMA 34.
The War Hawks was up next against an experienced team from Academic Magnet. Even though the final score was CPA 6 AMA 60, Nathaniel Blubaugh (120) held the heat to Jonathan Li coming out with the only win for the War Hawks. N. Blubaugh got the pin from behind with only 45 seconds left in the match.
With little or no time to recuperate, the War Hawks lost their third match to a very strong Bishop England team, 0-78. “I knew it was going to be very hard on them physically, but I wanted to see how they handled the situation mentally, not one of them gave up or broke down,” said CPA War Hawk Head Wrestling Coach Packy Burke. “These are the kind of kids coaches want to coach.”
On Saturday, the War Hawks sent two seventh grade Middle School wrestlers, Carter Sims (110) and Nicolas Blubaugh (126), to compete in the SCISA Middle School Championship that was held at Hammond School. “We had a lot of confidence going into the tournament because our middle school boys have been wrestling Varsity all season,” said Coach Burke. “We were ready to bring it to them.”
Blubaugh got some good experience being he competed in the biggest weight class with six wrestlers. Coach Burke added, “Nicolas wrestled well and used a lot of new things we have been working on against top opponents.”
Sims competed against three wrestlers in his weight class. Sims first went up against Angesom Ladd of Hammond. Sims held his own pinning Ladd in 45 seconds. He moved to finals, where he faced Bryson Dixon from Greenwood Christian. “Going into this match, we knew Dixon was very tall and would most likely attack the upper body and use headlocks because we studied his semi-final match,” added Coach Burke. Dixon started the match by coming out and attacking Sim’s upper body and went for a headlock, but Sims went into attack mode as they had discussed. He sealed the match with a shot of his own, which resulted in him to take the lead 2-0. In the next match, Sims executed his signature pinning move “the cradle,” which he became the first State Champion Wrestler for the War Hawks. Sims brought home the 2020 113 pounds SCISA Middle School Wrestling State Title.
The War Hawks was on the road Tuesday to compete in a tri-match at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, but as of the press deadline, we had not received any results. On Saturday, the War Hawks will travel to Hammond School to compete in the SCISA State Duals. Go War Hawks!

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