Fort Dorchester High School senior Jordan Aluyan has been one of the most dominant wrestlers in South Carolina over the last four years. But you would never know it from talking to him.

As unassuming as the day is long, Aluyan quietly and calmly went about his business winning three consecutive state individual titles while not losing a single match to a South Carolina wrestler during the 2018-19 season.

For his efforts this winter, which included a 33-2 record, Aluyan is The Post and Courier All-Lowcountry wrestler of the year.

Aluyan finished his career with a 109-11 record and three state individual titles. He was a quiet leader for coach Andrew Young’s program, one of the state’s best.

“His composure during even the biggest matches was like no one I have ever coached,” Young said. “He’s never rattled. You can never tell if he’s winning or losing because he never changes.

"It’s fun to watch him wrestle because he’s so relaxed out on the mat. He trusts the work he has put in. He trusts his training and that gives him a lot of confidence.”

Young was coaching at Cane Bay High when he first saw Aluyan as a middle school performer. He became Fort Dorchester’s head coach four years ago and immediately looked to Aluyan as a leader.

“When I first saw him, I knew he was special,” Young remembers.

But Aluyan has never considered himself special. He says he just focused on working hard and getting better.

“I started wrestling when I was eight years old and loved it from the first day so I decided to work really hard at it,” says Aluyan, who lost to a pair of out-of-state wrestlers this season. “I never tried to do special things. I just wrestled. I tried to stay humble and just make the most of it.”

Aluyan could appear disinterested in some of his matches, but he says that was all part of the mental approach to executing his moves.

“I never want the opponent to think he’s winning or let him feel he has me confused or anxious,” he said. “I just stay calm and work every match the same.”

While there are a few colleges showing interest, Aluyan admits he isn’t sure if he wants to move on to the next level. As much as high school wrestling takes a toll, the wear and tear both mentally and physically on the college level is even greater.

“I just haven’t decided on what I want to do yet,” he said. “I’ve been giving up my weekends for a long time, most of my life. I want to take a little break and enjoy the rest of my senior year. I’ll decide what’s next when it’s time.”

Young says Aluyan is certainly college wrestling material if that’s what he wants.

“He has what it takes to excel at the next level, if that’s what he wants to do,” the coach said. “It’s a really demanding sport. I can certainly understand him wanting to take a break, but he would thrive in any environment.”

Summerville’s Darryl Tucker and Timberland’s Ryan Rhoades share the award as coach of the year for this season. Both coaches took their respective programs to the Lower State finals in the state duals playoffs, Summerville in Class AAAAA and Timberland in Class AA.

All-Lowcountry Wrestling Team

FIRST TEAM

106 pounds

Rico Robinson, Summerville

Second in state in Class AAAAA

113 pounds

Doug Metts, Cane Bay

Third in state in Class AAAAA

Aaron Meree, Timberland

Third in state in Class AA

120 pounds

Israel Schultz, Goose Creek

State champion in Class AAAAA

126 pounds

Preston Soriana, Stratford

State champion in Class AAAAA

Wyan O'Quinn, Colleton County

State champion in Class AAAA

132 pounds

Jordan Aluyan, Fort Dorchester

State champion in Class AAAAA

138 pounds

Chandler Amaker, Fort Dorchester

Second in state in Class AAAAA

145 pounds

Antonio Champaigne, Military Magnet

Second in state in Class AA

152 pounds

Parker Graham, North Charleston

Fourth in state in Class AA

160 pounds

Nathan Newman, Philip Simmons

Second in Lower State in Class AA

170 pounds

Dominick Milligan, Timberland

Third in state in Class AA

182 pounds

Antwaun Gantt, Military Magnet

State champion in Class AA

195 pounds

Tyrese Pressley, Colleton County

Second in state in Class AAAA

220 pounds

Chase Smith, Cane Bay

Third in state in Class AAAAA

285 pounds

Ian Balzano, Timberland

Second in state in Class AA

HONORABLE MENTION

Fort Dorchester — Mateo Vargo, Joseph Brown; Summerville — Zach Jurey, David Rundell, Will Jones, Parker Warder; Hanahan — Matt Murray, Kevy Bell; North Charleston — Will Bogstad, Antwain Hoskins, Lumin Graham, Joseph Lawson; Burke — Cory Prioleau; Ashley Ridge — Jared Valmores, Chase Dupree, Jacob Simmons, Kamryn Petrick; Stratford — Lance Elrod,  Josh Manindnig, Zach Lehmer; Cane Bay — Raleigh D'Antico, Dmari Vereen, Ralph Inge, Spencer Wall; Timberland — Austin Morris, Chris Martin, Corbin Proctor, Pedro Kinard, Roman Wadford, Carlos Tinajero, David Williams, Hunter Elswick, Roderick Sumter; Berkeley — CJ Baker, Gavin Canady; Colleton County — Terrance Calloway; Academic Magnet — Sean Healy, Jonathan Lemon, Eli Beall; Military Magnet — Omari Breshiers, Kameron Greene, William Mack, O'Neal Pinckney, Rashon Gholson; Wando — Walker Rhue, RE Leasure; Goose Creek — Sam Cohen; West Ashley — Advanta Broadrick.

Coach of the Year: Ryan Rhoades, Timberland; Darryl Tucker, Summerville

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