Nathan Day
An SCMAT Tribute

SCMAT South Carolina Wrestling

David Patten, former Lower Richland wrestler and three-time Super Bowl winner with New England Patriots, dies in motorcycle crash at 47

ESPN article on David Patten passing away

New England Patriots article on David Patten passing away

SCMAT Exclusive earlier this year with SC wrestlers that went on to the NFL


Mark Nathan "Nate" Day, Liberty H.S. wrestling coach and former Battery Creek H.S. coach, whose passion and strategic wrestling mastery led S.C. through a period of sweeping wrestling progress, has died at the age of 57

SCMAT Exclusive Tribute - Coach Nathan Day

Obituary for Nathan Day


Congratulations to all of our South Carolina wrestlers earning All-American honors at Fargo Nationals:
8th William Jakeway (Hilton Head) - 88 lbs. - 16U Greco-Roman
8th Yannis Charles (Clover) - 138 lbs. - 16U Greco-Roman
4th Caitlyn Davis - 138 lbs. - Junior Women's Freestyle
8th Dasia Yearby (Christ Church) - 180 lbs. - Junior Women's Freestyle
2nd Zao Estrada (Hilton Head) - 112 lbs. - 16U Women's Freestyle

Congratulations to Hannah Mains (Ashley Ridge) selected by The National Wrestling Hall Of Fame as the state winner of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award!

Congratulations to Chris Compton (Byrnes) selected by The National Wrestling Hall Of Fame as the state winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award!

Congratulations to these S.C. wrestlers that were recognized as Wrestling USA Magazine High School Senior All Americans (Honorable Mention):
Chris Compton, Byrnes
Kaleem Heard, Northwestern
Ryan Dobbs, West-Oak
Chandler Amaker, Fort Dorchester
Eyan McNight, Hillcrest
WUSA H.S. All American issue

Congratulations to these S.C. wrestlers that placed at 2021 NHSCA Nationals (April 23-25):

Senior Nationals 113 3rd James Levy (Hilton Head)
Senior Nationals 160 2nd Chandler Amaker (Fort Dorchester)
Junior Nationals 138 3rd Thomas Snipes (Hillcrest)
Sophomore Nationals 106 5th Ty Tice (Eastside)
Girls H.S. Nationals 120 5th Isabella Hoffman (Fort Mill)
Girls H.S. Nationals 128 2nd Aniyah Kelly (Woodmont)
Girls H.S. Nationals 136 6th Hannah Mains (Ashley Ridge)
Middle School 75 1st Shamus Regan (Fort Mill)
Middle School 90 8th Preston White ()
Middle School 127 4th Blue Skylar Stiffler (Eastover)
Middle School 180 6th Carter Stoyanowski (Lexington)


SCMAT has 3 new High School Recordbook pages (left menu bar) ... Individual - Brothers with State Titles, Fathers and Son(s) and State Tournament Locations

SCWCA North-South All-Star Wrestling Classic:
5A/2A-1A 41, 4A/3A 28 (boxscore under Scoreboard)

All-Star match video

All-Star Wrestlers/Matches and results
North/South All-Star Announcement from SCWCA

See our NEWS Section (link at top) for the South Carolina Wrestling Coaches Association (SCWCA) announcement of the finalists for SC Wrestler of the Year.

Summary of Team State Tournament Placements:
5A Team Summary
4A Team Summary
3A Team Summary
2A-1A Team Summary
SCISA Team Summary

2021 High School Nationals Information

SCMAT Guest Columnist Coach Russ Howard has contributed a great article below, which puts focus on one of the most controversial moments of the year during State Duals on February 15:
Article- The God Rule

SCMAT will still have lots of wrestling coverage over the next 2 weeks ... North/South All-Star, State Tournament recaps, a bonus day in our 10 wrestlers that inspired our state, Part 3 2000 2A-1A Wrestling State Tournament and on March 16 a Summary of Team State Tournament Placements.

State Tournament updates on March 6 will be at trackwrestling.com ... search for Event Name
"SCHSL State Championships"

State Brackets:
5A State Brackets
4A State Brackets
3A State Brackets
2A-1A State Brackets


Congratulations to Xavier "X" Johnson (former Edisto H.S. wrestler) for winning the 2021 Pan-American Greco-Roman Championships as well as the 2021 U.S. Senior Nationals in Greco-Roman and being named MOW. Stories under the SCMAT News section.

Finals video for Xavier at U.S. Senior Nationals
Interview with Xavier "X" Johnson



Zao Estrada (Hilton Head) was a double winner at USA Wrestling Nationals last week, winning USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals (16U 112 lbs) as well as USA Wrestling National Recruiting Showcase (112 lbs). These two National tournaments were held in Iowa from March 25-28.

Congratulations Zao, the Estrada family and Hilton Head wrestling!



South Carolina Wrestling Coaches Association Annual Awards - presented at the SCWCA North-South All-Star Wrestling Classic

S.C. Senior Wrestler of the Year - Chris Compton - Byrnes (Coach Russ Howard)
5A Senior Wrestler of the Year - Kaleem Heard - Northwestern (Coach Leon Boulware)
4A Senior Wrestler of the Year - Eli Hall - Maye River (Coach Ashley Powell)
3A Senior Wrestler of the Year - Ryan Dobbs - West-Oak (Coach Greg Brewer)
2A-1A Senior Wrestler of the Year - Kalab Haven - North Central (Coach Jason Brazell)


Monday, March 8 is International Women's Day 2021 ... and SCMAT would like to celebrate the accomplishment of one of our state's best wrestlers:

March 8 - SCMAT Exclusive - Zao Estrada S.C. wrestling History





Concluding our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

March 4 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 10 - T.J. Dudley






Next in our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

March 3 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 9 - Clay Walker






Next in our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

March 2 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 8 - Ike Anderson






Congratulations State Duals Champions - Hillcrest (5A), Eastside (4A), Belton-Honea Path (3A), Crescent (2A-1A)

SC State Duals Finals are set:
State Finals (2/20) - Round 3 - Round 2 - Round 1

SCHSL will update these State Duals brackets:
5A State -- 4A State -- 3A State -- 2A-1A State



Next in our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

February 25 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 7 - Brittany Delgado and Brieana Delgado





Next in our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

February 24 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 6 - Tom Borrelli






Next in our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

February 23 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 5 - Sammie Henson






Next in our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

February 21 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 4 - Ben Connell






Next in our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

February 17 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 3 - Lamar Thompson






Next in our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book:

February 9 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 2 - Shelton Benjamin






SCMAT is starting a new Exclusive article (series) this week for fans to enjoy SC wrestling history over the month of February. About every three days we will add to our series, entitled 10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state ... and influenced the SCMAT record book.

February 4 - SCMAT Exclusive - Day 1 - Dan Wirnsberger




Super Bowl LV is later today (Sunday) and Tom Brady, quarterback of Tampa Bay, returns for his tenth Super Bowl. Let's reflect on how his Super Bowl fame began!

Would you believe that a former SC wrestler (and football player) from Lower Richland would catch Tom Brady's first Super Bowl touchdown pass on February 3, 2002?

SCMAT Exclusive - SC wrestlers that went on to the NFL


Jackson Stembridge of Bamberg-Ehrhardt (pictured) - returning Three-time State Champion.

Top wrestler lists have been updated below by Coaches (though more can be added)
Jan. 14 * 5A Sr * 4A Sr * 3A Sr * 2A-1A Sr * SCISA Sr *
Jan. 19 * 5A Jr * 4A Jr * 3A Jr * 2A-1A Jr * SCISA Jr *
Jan. 21 * 5A So * 4A So * 3A So * 2A-1A So * SCISA So *
Jan. 26 * 5A Fr * 4A Fr * 3A Fr * 2A-1A Fr * SCISA Fr *


Shelton Benjamin of Orangeburg-Wilkinson (pictured) - will be featured in one of SCMAT's Exclusive articles this month.

Following a standout high school and collegiate wrestling career, Shelton Benjamin broke into the professional wrestling ranks and will be featured in one of SCMAT's Exclusive series this month on "10 wrestlers from South Carolina that inspired our state and influenced the SCMAT record book".


Ben Connell of Lugoff-Elgin (pictured) - winning the 2000 NHSCA Senior Championship.

SCMAT is finalizing the third Exclusive article on the 1999 and 2000 seasons in 2A-1A, with the 2000 season being highlighted later this month. For SC 3A in 2000, the Beast of the Southeast became the Beast in the Nation as Ben Connell would win NHSCA Senior Nationals, be named National winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award and named a Wrestling USA Magazine Senior All American.


SCMAT has two Exclusive articles this week for fans to enjoy SC wrestling history over the holidays.

December 24 - SCMAT Exclusive - Part 1, 1999 2A-1A Wrestling State Tournament

December 25 - SCMAT Exclusive - Part 2, 1999 2A-1A Wrestling State Tournament



SCMAT's Guest Columnist M. Murray returns with a new article called 4 FOR 4 (thank you M. Murray!):

4 FOR 4

Jackson Stembridge 1A/2A Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Kalab Haven 1A/2A North Central
Kaleem Heard 4A York Comprehensive
Chris Compton 5A J.F. Byrnes


SCMAT has a Guest Columnist that has contributed articles to preview the season (thank you M. Murray!):

5A Preseason numbers
4A Preseason numbers
3A Preseason numbers
2A-1A Preseason numbers




The 2A-1A 1999 and 2000 State Tournaments would forever change the classification. Later in December, read the SCMAT Exclusive for the story from 20 years ago.

As 2020 continues on, SCMAT will be adding pages at the "SC State Champions" link below for every State Champion in the 52 years of SC high school wrestling:

SC State Champions


South Carolina Wrestling

SCMAT is still in progress expanding the website with content from the last 52 years.

Send any updates or feedback to scmat@hotmail.com