ANDERSON — Newberry High School Wrestling made history Saturday on the slender shoulders of Davon Powell.
The 106-pound junior became the Bulldogs’ first two-time state champion at that weight class.
Powell won three straight matches to earn his championship, defeating Lower State Fourth Seed Alex Steedley (31-21) from Bamberg-Erhardt in the first round; Lower State Second Seed Jack Grooms from Bishop-England in the second round; and Lower State First Seed Joseph Cuevas (34-10) from Battery Creek in the championship round.
Powell’s training partner, Whitmire Community School student Kenny Page, had a rough time of it though. Page was forced to withdraw in the first round of the championship after displaying concussion-like symptoms. In an abundance of caution, per high school regulations, he was removed from the competition.
Instead of wrestling, he was able to cheer on Powell.
Powell’s coach said his star wrestler has been a great ambassador for wrestling in the county.
“We are extremely proud of and excited for Davon, not only for his own accomplishments but for what he has accomplished for Newberry High School and Newberry County wrestling as a whole,” said coach Jonah Deuerling. “Davon has done so much in just a short time during his wrestling career at Newberry High School, and we look forward to watching him achieve even greater things next year as a senior.”