GOOSE CREEK — There are some different looks to the Summerville Green Wave wrestling team this year, but the results are the same as ever.
Summerville dominated the Stratford Duals on Friday and Saturday, plowing through six opponents by a combined score of 401-62.
"I saw us finally win some close matches. I saw better effort overall for six minutes," Wave coach Kenny Walker said.
The Green Wave knocked off Stratford varsity and junior varsity teams, Berkeley, North Myrtle Beach, James Island and Wando to improve to 11-0.
It's an unusual season for Summerville. For the first time in nearly 10 years, Walker doesn't have a defending individual champion on his roster.
"At least we have some guys who have been through it last year," he said. "Last year, was one of the younger, more inexperienced lineups we've had."
With no specific wrestler sporting state championship hardware, Walker said he is getting leadership by committee in a way he's never had.
"Richard Spain, Andre Deweese, Mike Stanley and Berlin Oliver have taken over the leadership of this team," he said. "I no longer have to deal with issues. If there's a problem, they handle it. It's great. They call guys themselves to make sure they're getting to workouts or questioning why someone isn't making weight."
Currently, Summerville is the top-ranked team in AAAA, but Walker downplays that as well. Even at No. 1, the question is going to linger whether the Wave can knock off region rival Fort Dorchester, the defending state champion. The Green Wave topped the Patriots earlier this year at the Outback Tournament at North Myrtle Beach, but Walker pointed out that it was individual scoring event and only so much can be read into the results.
"An individual tournament is so tough to tell. It's all about the matchups when you get to head-to-head," he said. "The rankings don't mean a whole lot right now anyway. It's a new year and the top two or three teams are off to a good start. I'm just trying to get ourselves better and not worry about anyone else."
The next event for Summerville is the Tiger Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday and Friday. It's another individual scoring event with about 40 teams expected to compete.
Reach Bill Henley at 937-5595 at firstname.lastname@example.org.