Luke Sevilla claims wresting championships

Irmo Middle School 7th grader Luke Sevilla has proven himself a force to be reckoned with in the world of wrestling. On March 9th, Sevilla showcased his skill and determination at the South Carolina USA Wrestling Folkstyle State Championships held at Pelion High School. Competing in the 14 and under 140 lb. Division, Luke emerged victorious, securing his second consecutive State Wrestling Championship within a span of two weeks, with a flawless undefeated record for the day.

The following Sunday, Luke continued his winning streak at the South Carolina SCYWA State Wrestling Championships, triumphing in the 12 and under 130/140 Division. It’s worth noting that South Carolina traditionally hosts three youth and high school level State Wrestling Championships for Folkstyle Wrestling, with USA Wrestling being the organization that supports and sends American athletes to the Olympic Games.

Luke had his sights set on achieving a remarkable Triple Crown by competing at the AAU State Wrestling Title event in Greer last weekend. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the event was postponed and will be rescheduled soon.

Prior to his recent successes, Luke had an outstanding 26-0 record in the South Carolina High School League in the 126 lb. Division. Unfortunately, illness struck at the Carolina Invitational, forcing Luke to withdraw due to a high fever and exceedingly high blood sugar levels.

Despite his wrestling commitments, Luke’s athletic prowess extends beyond the mat. He and his father, Tommy Sevilla, who serves as the Head Wrestling Coach at Irmo Middle School and an Assistant Baseball Coach at Irmo High School, rushed to catch a flight from Charlotte to California immediately after Luke’s victory in Pelion. Their destination? THE ZOO Football Recruiting Showcase in West Covina, California, where Luke participated alongside his nephews Caleb Alvarado and Ryder Vasquez.

Luke’s talents aren’t limited to wrestling and football alone. He recently showcased his skills at the VTO Football Recruiting Showcase at Irmo High School, following a baseball doubleheader against Gray Collegiate. Luke’s dedication to sports doesn’t go unnoticed, as he continues to excel while maintaining his status as an insulin-dependent athlete (Type 1). Scheduled to attend both local and out-of-state wrestling camps this summer, Luke attributes his success to a higher power, giving thanks and praise to God for his achievements.


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