Wigger caps career with top honor

Summerville’s Jordan Wigger

Jordan Wigger isn’t perfect. It only seems that way.

The talented Summerville wrestler recently completed another undefeated season en route to another high school state championship, the fourth for the senior.

But there were times he struggled. Like the night of Dec. 23, 2007, when he lost to a nationally ranked wrestler from Virginia in the finals of an invitational tournament. And then there was Jan. 7, 2008, when he lost to Will James of Wando.

So yes, Wigger is human. Wigger also is The Post and Courier’s 2012 All-Lowcountry wrestler of the year. He concluded the year with a 45-0 record and his fourth straight state title.

And those two losses? They were the only blemishes on his high school resume and both came his freshman season. He was 171-2 in his career and ended it with a 141-match winning streak.

He became only the 15th wrestler in state history to win four state championships, and only the third Class AAAA wrestler in state history to win four titles. Bobby Bell from Hillcrest won four in the 1990s. Aaron Hansen of Summerville won his fourth title last season.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Wigger, who won the 120-pound division in this year’s state finals. “It’s a pretty elite group, and I’m just proud to be part of it. I trained with Aaron, and that helped out a lot. And coach (Daryl) Tucker taught me a lot.”

a lot.” Tucker watched Wigger mature as a wrestler and leader.

“He’s the experienced guy,” Tucker said. “He doesn’t mind staying after to help some of the younger wrestlers. It’s like having another coach. He really separates himself because of his ability and actions.”

The All-Lowcountry team includes one All-American this year — J.J. Johnson of Hanahan.

Johnson earned All-America status for the second year in a row. The Hanahan junior placed second in the 113-pound division at the National High School Wrestling Tournament in Virginia Beach. He went 5-1 during the event.

“He went up there ready to wrestle,” said Hanahan coach Ray Adkins. “He had a lot of success, but it shouldn’t be surprising. He’s had a great high school season, and that was the perfect way to end it — as an All-American.”

Johnson was 48-1 this season and his only loss came to Wigger.

Wigger and Johnson are two of the six wrestlers on the All-Lowcountry team to earn state titles. The other state champions are Fort Dorchester’s Myles Moultrie and Daquon Wilson, Wando’s Jason Huger and Hanahan’s Dennis Flores.

The rest of the team includes James Sass, Summerville; Javon Jordan, Fort Dorchester; Gavin Perkins, Summerville; Chad Wood, Summerville; Austin Ziliak, Fort Dorchester; Austin Koile, Stratford; Antwon Wright, Wando, Noah Shuler, Stratford; Brandon Young, Stratford and Malcolm Nazon, Bishop England.

Ray Adkins, who led Hanahan to the Class AA state title, is coach of the year.

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