Ninety Six wrestler Brycen Fleming, left, is congratulated by his father, Kevin, after winning his 100th career wrestling match Wednesday night.
(Andrew Macke | Index-Journal)
NINETY SIX — Brycen Fleming had a busy night Wednesday. First, the Ninety Six High School senior wrestler helped referee some of the Ninety Six youth wrestling matches before the Wildcats took on Abbeville and Mid-Carolina. Later, in between Ninety Six's matches, he was one of four Wildcat seniors honored during Senior Night.
And sandwiched between those two events, Fleming won the 100th match of his wrestling career, beating Mid-Carolina's Steven Kinney 8-4 in his first match of the night.
"It's a big weight off my back," Fleming said of his milestone win. "Wrestling for my 100th, I was so nervous that I didn't really do anything. I just went blank. But it's a big, big relief to get it out of the way."
Fleming actually jumped up from 138 pounds to wrestle the 145-pound Kinney. But he still cut down to make weight at 138 pounds to wrestle his second match against Abbeville, and the combination of losing weight and wrestling a heavier opponent took its toll on Fleming.
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