SCMAT Exclusive Wrestling Article 12-11-07

Which schools lead the all-time list with
number of individual state champions?
Pat McCarthy.jpg Pat McCarthy had a state title while at Spring Valley, helping to put his alma mater in the Top 30. Now, as an Official he gets to see many teams add to their totals. His involvement in wrestling, well after graduation, is a great example of the many top wrestlers that continually invest time in making the sport better in SC. Several weeks ago we looked at the statistic that showed 1,207 wrestlers have achieved State Champion status in the first 39 years of SC wrestling. We promised to rank all schools to see who leads the all-time list with number of individual state champions. Rock Hill has 84 and Summerville has 80 ... they are the top 2 in our state's 39 years. Swansea, Eastside and Lugoff-Elgin round out the top 5. Here are the teams that make up our list of 104, they are: SC State Champs Team [Number of team titles in brackets] ------ ------------------------------------------- 84 Rock Hill [15] 80 Summerville [11] 68 Swansea [10] 43 Eastside [6] 40 Lugoff-Elgin [5] 36 Greer [1] 33 James Island [1] 31 Woodruff [4] 29 Battery Creek [4] 29 Belton-Honea Path [3] 28 Irmo [1] 27 Chapin [4] 27 Dutch Fork [1] 27 St. Andrews [4] 22 Byrnes [1] 22 West-Oak [1] 20 Chesterfield [3] 19 Bishop England 19 Northwestern 18 Camden 18 Crescent [2] 17 Fort Johnson [2] 16 Dreher [1] 15 Airport [3] 15 Blue Ridge 15 Loris [3] 15 Lower Richland [4] 15 Walhalla 14 Hilton Head 13 Spring Valley 12 Cheraw [1] 12 Hanahan 12 Orangeburg-Wilkinson 12 Seneca 10 Brookland-Cayce 10 Buford 10 Fort Dorchester [1] 10 Hillcrest 10 Lexington 10 Mauldin 9 Bonds-Wilson [1] 9 Fort Mill 8 Aynor 8 Beaufort 8 Christ Church 8 Spartanburg 7 Chester 7 Daniel 7 Goose Creek 7 Lake City 7 North Myrtle Beach 7 Stratford 7 Wade Hampton 6 Bamberg-Ehrhardt 6 Greenville 6 Riverside 5 Carolina Forest 5 Liberty 5 Middleton 5 St. John's 5 Sumter 5 Wando 4 A.C. Flora 4 Berea 4 Conway 4 McCracken 4 SCSDB 4 T.L. Hanna 3 Broome 3 Edisto 3 Gaffney 3 Georgetown 3 Green Sea-Floyds 3 Hartsville 3 Indian Land 3 Myrtle Beach 3 North Central 3 North Charleston 3 Union 3 York 2 Baptist Hill 2 Berkeley 2 Dorman 2 Garrett 2 Greenwood 2 Laurens 2 Newberry 2 Ninety-Six 2 Palmetto 2 Socastee 2 Westminster 2 Westside 2 White Knoll 1 C.A. Johnson 1 Chicora 1 Emerald 1 Lancaster 1 Landrum 1 Marion 1 Pendleton 1 Ridge View 1 South Pointe 1 Stall 1 Woodmont Interesting Trivia Fact #1 --- Curious to know which team set the season record for most State Champions in a single year? St. Andrews High School! 1970 with 8 State Champions. Here are all the teams that achieved at least 6 state champions in a single season: 6 state champs - Rock Hill 1990 6 state champs - Eastside 2007 6 state champs - Summerville 1987 6 state champs - Summerville 2004 7 state champs - Swansea 1980 7 state champs - Eastside 2005 7 state champs - St. Andrews 1969 8 state champs - St. Andrews 1970 Interesting Trivia Fact #2 --- In 15 different seasons we have had a team with 5 State Champions (just short of our exclusive list above). Here they are: Rock Hill has accomplished this 5 times Swansea has accomplished this 2 times Eastside has accomplished this 2 times James Island has accomplished this 1 time Battery Creek has accomplished this 1 time Blue Ridge has accomplished this 1 time Summerville has accomplished this 1 time Woodruff has accomplished this 1 time Greer has accomplished this 1 time Interesting Trivia Fact #3 --- Often second place, wishing to be the Champ? Which teams have had the most State Runner-ups? Pretty much the same teams that produced State Champions. But, adding up the numbers Summerville has had the most wrestlers in the State Finals with 140 to Rock Hill's 133. 30 - Lugoff-Elgin # of State Runner-ups 31 - James Island # of State Runner-ups 33 - Chapin # of State Runner-ups 33 - Crescent # of State Runner-ups 34 - Eastside # of State Runner-ups 35 - Woodruff # of State Runner-ups 36 - Irmo # of State Runner-ups 43 - Swansea # of State Runner-ups 49 - Rock Hill # of State Runner-ups 60 - Summerville # of State Runner-ups Interesting Trivia Fact #4 --- As of last season's list of schools with wrestling teams, which programs have never had a state chmapion? This certainly is not to be negative, the list below hopefully creates a motivation for these schools and current wrestlers to achieve a first ... much like 3 schools that experienced first time success last season by winning their first Individual State title - South Pointe (Jacob Mitchell), Emerald (Zane Newton) and Pendleton (Tripp Williams) ... congratulations to these three teams and wrestlers for achieving a first in school history! Teams seeking their first State Champion are: Abbeville Academic Magnet Andrews Bluffton Blythewood Boiling Springs Burke C. E. Murray Chapman Clover Colleton County Columbia Crestwood Cross Darlington Easley Eau Claire Fairfield Central Gilbert Governor's School Hunter-Kinard-Tyler J.L. Mann Marlboro County Military Magnet Pickens Richland Northeast Southside St. James Timberland Travelers Rest West Ashley Whitmire Wren Hopefully in this SCMAT exclusive article for 2007-2008 the history of SC wrestling is defining itself as an exciting past with a future awaiting more greatness. These historical articles at SCMAT will hopefully provide accurate facts though we may always have missed some data at some point. If you notice a correction, addition or just want to comment please send a reply to mark@scmat.com thanks, Mark Buford