SCMAT Exclusive Wrestling Article 2-5-08
The Greatest Father-Son wrestling combinations out of South Carolina, a record about to be broken!
Coach B.D. LaPrad and son Ben LaPrad combine now as a coaching team at Fort Dorchester. Before we jump into our latest SCMAT article looking at father and son wrestlers out of SC, we can first reflect what it may feel like to be a "Manning" right now. As most of you probably watched, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning became the second Manning son to be named the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player after leading his team to a 17-14 win and halting New England's bid for a perfect season. Eli's older brother Peyton was named Super Bowl MVP a year ago after the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17. They are the first pair of brothers to be MVPs in the 42-year history of the Super Bowl. Peyton was the first selection in the 1998 NFL Draft after attending the University of Tennessee. Eli was the first selection in the 2004 NFL Draft. Like his father, he attended Ole Miss. Their father, Archie Manning, was an NFL quarterback from 1971-84, playing in New Orleans for 11 years, though he never saw the Saints make it to the playoffs during his career. Archie may have been more famous as a college quarterback while at Ole Miss. In the first national prime-time TV broadcast of a college football game, in 1969, Archie Manning threw 3 touchdowns for 436 yards and he also rushed for 104 yards, though losing 33-32 to Alabama. That 540-yard performance is still tied for the SEC record for most total yards in a game. Archie's #18 jersey was retired by Ole Miss and he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Archie Manning's legacy is honored to this day on the campus of Ole Miss where the speed limit is eighteen miles per hour in honor of Archie's jersey #. After the Super Bowl last night, Archie would reflect on the awe of his son's accomplishments. "I never thought about them even playing college ball, much less pro football, much less winning Super Bowls or MVPs," Archie Manning told reporters after the game last night. "It wasn't in the plan. We tried to raise kids. We raised kids just like other parents raised their kids. I can't explain it." With SC wrestling only being in its 40th year of the State Tournament, we have not had many occasions to see success with fathers wrestling in SC and seeing their son(s) wrestle in SC. It was a thrill to see a family enjoy the spotlight last night at the Super Bowl, but in South Carolina we may very well find a family up in Westminster enjoying the spotlight in a few weeks as a recordbook gets updated. We have had 6 Father-Son State Placer combinations in South Carolina that I am aware of, so let's see who these families are (if we are missing any send updates to firstname.lastname@example.org): 6 State Placements all together -------------------------------- Rholetter Father-Son(s) wrestling combination with results from SC tournaments: 2007 119 2A-1A 1st Eric Rholetter West-Oak 2006 112 2A-1A 1st Eric Rholetter West-Oak 1972 112 4A-3A-2A-1A 2nd Wayne Rholetter Westminster 1971 112 4A-3A-2A-1A 2nd Wayne Rholetter Westminster 1970 112 4A-3A-2A-1A 3rd Wayne Rholetter Westminster 1969 95 4A-3A-2A-1A 2nd Wayne Rholetter Westminster Davis Father-Son(s) wrestling combination with results from SC tournaments: 2005 160 4A 1st J.J. Davis Byrnes 2004 152 4A 2nd J.J. Davis Byrnes 2003 140 4A 2nd J.J. Davis Byrnes 2002 130 4A 4th J.J. Davis Byrnes 1982 132 3A 4th George Davis Byrnes 1981 132 3A 3rd George Davis Byrnes Gillings Father-Son(s) wrestling combination with results from SC tournaments: 1999 125 4A 4th Alex Gillings Airport 1997 112 4A 3rd Alex Gillings Airport 1978 126 4A 1st James Gillings Airport 1977 119 4A-3A-2A-1A 1st James Gillings Airport 1976 105 4A-3A-2A-1A 1st James Gillings Airport 1975 105 4A-3A-2A-1A 2nd James Gillings Airport 5 State Placements all together -------------------------------- Young Father-Son(s) wrestling combination with results from SC tournaments: 2004 125 4A 1st Andrew Young Summerville 2003 119 4A 1st Andrew Young Summerville 2002 103 4A 1st Andrew Young Summerville 1974 126 4A-3A-2A-1A 1st James Young Summerville 1973 119 4A-3A-2A-1A 3rd James Young Summerville 4 State Placements all together -------------------------------- Devita Father-Son(s) wrestling combination with results from SC tournaments: 2007 140 4A 1st Michael Devita Hillcrest 2006 135 4A 2nd Michael DeVita Hillcrest 1981 138 3A 2nd Steve DeVita Walhalla 1980 138 3A 2nd Steve DeVita Walhalla Young Father-Son(s) wrestling combination with results from SC tournaments: 2006 140 4A 4th Arthur Young Stratford 1976 132 4A-3A-2A-1A 1st Arthur Young Summerville 1975 126 4A-3A-2A-1A 3rd Arthur Young Summerville 1974 112 4A-3A-2A-1A 3rd Arthur Young Summerville If Eric Rholetter succeeds in placing at State this year, there will be a new record of Seven (7) State Placements for the father-son combination. They could even stretch the record to Eight (8) by next season. Though with Nick DeVita of Hillcrest having a great freshman year there is still plenty to watch over the next few years until more father-son(s) combinations some along to challenge the recordbooks. And, Michael Young of Fort Dorchester should add to his father (Arthur) and brother's success for possibly 3 more years. We have also seen many, many combinations of SC Coaches and their sons wrestling in SC, so we will try and cover as many as we can, though please send any missing combinations to email@example.com for inclusion on this list. Most of these SC Coaches wrestled out of state, and many placed in the states where they wrestled growing up. We are fortunate they eventually moved to South Carolina and brought their coaching talents here as well as seeing their son(s) succeed at the SC State wrestling tournament. SC Head Wrestling Coaches (listed first) and son(s) that placed (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th) in SC State: John and Greg Abercrombie (Belton-Honea Path and Greg is now coaching at Palmetto) Jim and Tanner Barnes (Rock Hill) Mark and Chris Barrett (Pickens) Joe and Ben and Campbell Connell (Lugoff-Elgin) John and Alek Checkovich (Brookland Cayce) Charlie and C.J. Clay (North Myrtle Beach) Ed and Eddie Coles (Eastside) Rudy and Clark Cooper (Lower Richland and Lexington) Tanner and Robert and Brendan Espey (Riverside) Mike Frye and Chad, Craig and Bobby Stephenson (Mauldin and Summerville) Dan and Todd Hershberger (Northwestern) B.D. LaPrad and Ben LaPrad (Dutch Fork and both are now coaching together at Fort Dorchester) Steve and Brent LaPrad (Summerville) Paul and Joey Lareau (Chapin) Todd and Zach and Stephen McCormick (Westside) Jeff and Jeff Neal (wade Hampton) Malcolm and Chad Singleton (Blue Ridge and Chad is now coaching at Dorman) John and John Thompson (Camden) Since 40 years of wrestling in SC has just started to give us the first combinations of successful fathers and sons, we should see many names added to this starter list in years to come. Many fathers are involved in additional capacities, like assistant coaching and volunteering with teams, and we say thanks to the dads that take the time to be involved! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org thanks, Mark Buford