Knights punch playoff ticket

Stratford wrestlers

Stratford High School’s wrestling team improved to 2-2 in Region 7-AAAAA with a win over Berkeley on Jan. 23.

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Stratford High School’s wrestling team recorded a key region victory on the mat Jan. 23, winning on senior night and guaranteeing itself a spot in the Class 5A playoffs.

The Knights won 10 of the 14 bouts en route to a 55-19 victory over visiting Berkeley High School. They raced out to a 33-3 lead after seven bouts and coasted home in the Region 7-AAAAA clash.

“It was a great team win,” Stratford coach Nick Young said. “We had some kids step up and get some huge pins early on in the match. The guys wrestled well and hopefully can take this momentum into our last dual match against Goose Creek next week and also into the playoffs. I’m proud of the seniors we have this year. They are a great group of young men.”

Stratford travels to crosstown rival Goose Creek High School on Jan. 29. If the Knights win, they’ll finish third in the region behind Wando and Cane Bay.

Against Berkeley, Stratford winners by fall were Nicholas White (106), Lance Elrod (126), Preston Soriano (138), Ray Roxas (170), Andrew Collins (195) and Seth Taylor (285). Landry Walker (220) won a major decision, 16-6, and Raven Kirkland won by decision, 5-1.

The two other Stratford victories came via forfeit.

106: Nicholas White (STRA) over Edgar Vasquez (Fall 1:43)

113: Cody Kling (STRA) (For.)

120: Leonard McNabb (STRA) (For.)

126: Lance Elrod (STRA) over Justin Rodriguez-Banda (Fall 1:45)

132: Omar Shaheed (BERK) over Jose De La Cruz (Dec 5-1)

138: Preston Soriano (STRA) over Alfred Manalac (Fall 3:04)

145: Raven Kirkland (STRA) over Travis Lingard (Dec 6-3)

152: Gavin Canady (BERK) over Caleb Daugherty (Fall 5:15)

160: Luke Gadsden (BERK) over Bobby Turner (Fall 2:30)

170: Ray Roxas (STRA) over Sherman Matthews (Fall 1:58)

182: Tommy Greene (BERK) over Andy Velez (MD 13-2)

195: Andrew Collins (STRA) over Jeremy Atwood (Fall 2:34)

220: Landry Walker (STRA) over Brandon Arroniz (MD 16-6)

285: Seth Taylor (STRA) over Jacques Coaxum (Fall 1:06)