Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Bernard “VA” Harmon made Timberland Wolves wrestling history by winning the Class A-AA state championship in the 170-pound weight class held in Anderson.
Harmon, a 2012 Lower State runner up, finished third in this year’s LS tournament and got hot at the right time according to Coach Terry Keller.
“He struggled a little in the Lower State,” Keller said, “but he had a great state tournament. He came back and won it all in the state.”
In winning the state title, Harmon, just a junior, also set the career wins record with the school. Harmon’s 97-16 career mark bested the 96 wins record held by Adrian Phillips.
“The 170-pound bracket was a wild one all day,” Keller said. “VA had a great day.”
Harmon won his first match of the day against the Upper State’s second seed Indian Hill’s Eric Komorous by a 10-2 count, then took his second match 5-1 against Taquan Long from Loris. Harmon’s state championship match against Crescent’s BJ Yeargin was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation.
VA, nicknamed because he hails from Virginia, entered overtime needing a point to win the state title.
“As soon as he got the takedown it was over,” Keller said. “Things went pretty wild at that point.”
Harmon came to Timberland from Virginia as a freshman, the only freshman to make the varsity football roster. On the mat, VA quickly proved his worth.
With a 34-4 record in 2012-2013, Harmon lost to just one wrestler in his school classification with the other losses coming to AAA and AAAA teams, according to Keller.
“He’s a great kid, very humble, very well spoken, a great student as well as a great athlete,” Keller said.
Two other Timberland wrestlers qualified for the state tournament, Austin Rentzel at 106 pounds and Brooks Morgan at 160 pounds.