Wednesday, March 5, 2014
As Yogi Berra said, “This is deja vu all over again.”
Timberland’s Bernard Harmon is a state champion.
Harmon, the reigning 2013 state champion at the 170-pound weight class, proved he was still King of the Hill, sweeping through the competition to take the state title with a 12-3 win over Loris’ Steven Welch in Anderson over the weekend.
“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Harmon said about bringing home his second gold medal. “I can’t believe this is happening.”
Coach Terry Keller said Harmon is the perfect athlete to make history.
“I said last year that Harmon came out of nowhere to win it. This year he pinned the number one seed and won the title match going away, but there was a ton of pressure on him this year as the defending champ.”
The Wolves’ Lance Lambert brought home the bronze medal after falling in the 200-pound weight class semifinals.
“This was a great night for me,” Keller said. “The best trip to Anderswon I’ve ever had.”
Keller said while Harmon, a two-sport star in wrestling and football, is an outstanding athlete he is also an even more outstanding individual off the mat and gridiron.
“We have this running commentary about Harmon,” Keller said. “We say he’s the kind of guy you’d let date your daughter.”
Harmon finished the season with a 37-1 record and with two state championships and almost 200 wrestling victories in his career. He has become the face of Timberland wrestling and the benchmark for years to come as to what constitutes a great wrestler.
“When he won last year we had a lot of freshmen wrestlers come out for wrestling,” Keller said. “There is no finer ambassador for Timberland wrestling than Bernard Harmon.”
The Berkeley Stags sent five wrestlers to the Class AAA state championship meet but did not fare well with just one wrestler advancing beyond the opening round. Alex King finished fourth in the state after winning his opening round match.
Berkeley County was well represented on the championship podium, crowning four state champions including Harmon.
Cane Bay’s Matt Rudy won the state championship at the 195-pound weight class, defeating Hillcrest’s Landon Seyegh. TJ Deveaux of Stratford won the 182-pound weight class after a 5-2 win over Daniel Bannister ofLexington.
In Class AAA, Hanahan’s Haven Horlback won the 138-pound weight class with a 3-2 win over Cole Anderson of Eastside.
Summerville picked up five Class AAAA state titles as James Sass won in the 106-pound class, Daniel Smith won at 145, John Van Slooten at 152, Chad Wood at 160 and Anthony Collins at 170 pounds.
Moncks Corner resident Jack Grooms, who wrestles for Bishop England, finished third in Class A-AA at the 113-pound weight class.