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home : sports : local sports May 24, 2016

Crowder, Hollister leading youth movement for Eagles' grapplers
Steven Crowder, left, and Jennings Hollister head up a talented class of freshmen on the Greenwood High School wrestling team. Combines, the two boast a record of 53-24.
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Steven Crowder, left, and Jennings Hollister head up a talented class of freshmen on the Greenwood High School wrestling team. Combines, the two boast a record of 53-24.

Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer

When discussing his team’s season, Greenwood Wrestling Coach Greg Brewer admitted the season has been somewhat frustrating. With only three upperclassmen on the roster, Brewer has seen an influx of freshman join his team.

After struggling in the early part of the season, the Eagles gained momentum once Region I-4A matches began, finishing third in the region. The young group of Eagle grapplers will travel to Lugoff-Elgin to face Dorman in the first round of the 4A State Wrestling playoffs.

“It’s been frustrating at times, with us being so young,” Brewer said. “Our freshmen aren’t exactly at ideal weights. If they were at 106 or 113, they would be more successful. The ones we have are at 145 and 152, so they will be matched up a lot of times with seniors who have three years of lifting and three years of experience. It’s good that they’re good that they’re getting this experience; it’s good that they’re talented. You would like to have some more experienced guys, but our young guys will definitely have a chance to be really good in the future.”

Joined by fellow freshmen Josh Scott, Justice Chaudoin, Omari Hodge, Zack Woodhurst and David Humphries, Steven Crowder and Jennings Hollister have helped lead the way for the Eagles. Crowder boasts a team best 31-13 record, with Hollister having the second best at 22-11.

“Me and Steven (Crowder) have been wrestling for a long time, since we were little,” Hollister said. “We have worked really hard to get to where we are today.”

Crowder, competing in the 145 pound weight class, explained that the team’s turnaround occurred due to a chemistry that was built over time.

“We’ve all shown dedication and hard work,” Crowder said. “We were all able to come together as a team at the right time.”

Hollister, who wrestled in the 160 pound weight class prior to dropping down to the 152 pound weight class, agreed.

“We never gave up on each other, never let each other down,” Hollister said. “We have a great group of guys that are really fun to be around.”

While both have found success at an early age, they have contrasting styles on the mat.

“They are both very talented, but both have very different skill sets,” Brewer said. “Steven (Crowder) is really, really good defensively. Jennings (Hollister) likes to open it up more and score more points. They are both very talented and should only get better.”

While the Eagles will be considered the underdogs Saturday against Dorman, Brewer explained that his team is optimistic leading into the contest.

“We want to go and be competitive,” Brewer said. “Obviously, we are the underdog. But we want to go up there and be competitive, and if we are able to win some close ones, I think we’ll have a good shot.”

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Butler

Two great young men. This is by far the toughest sport a young person can choose to play. There are hardly any crowds, and it is one on one, and for these two very young men to take charge and do such a great job is a testament to them and how mentally tough they are. I hope you guys go to Lugoff and pull the upset on Dorman! Good luck, and look out they are both going to be good football players too!

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