High School Wrestling

Beaufort County wrestling teams begin state duals tournaments today

Battery Creek hosts Lower State tournament

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 8, 2014 

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Lou Mascola,right, of Maryland, takes down Edinboro's Ty Schoffstall, during their 149-lbs. match at the Wilkes Open Wrestling Tournament at Wilkes University Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Andrew Krech) MANDATORY CREDIT

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The Battery Creek High School wrestling program plans to host a gathering Saturday night for all of its wrestlers past and present who want to share stories and catch up.

The Dolphins hope the conversation includes a Lower State duals title.

The Class 2-A/1-A Lower State duals tournament will be held at Battery Creek on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The winner, crowned after the final match at 4 p.m., will advance to Dreher High School on Feb. 15 to wrestle the Upper State champion for the state title.

Battery Creek enters as the No. 3 seed of 12 teams after brackets were formed based on win percentage. The Dolphins have beaten the two seeds ranked ahead of them -- Aynor and Marion -- and also the No. 4 seed, Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Dolphins coach Nate Day was cautiously optimistic Friday.

"Unless somebody gets hurt today or oversleeps in the morning, this will be the first time all year we've had our 14 best guys at the same time," Day said. "A couple of them are banged up here and there, but at least we have all 14 of them. There won't be any excuses."

Battery Creek comes in with some momentum, with seven champions at the Region 6-AA meet and 14 top-three placers.

"I'm looking forward to it," Day said. "It should be a fun environment."

At Hilton Head Island High School, the Seahawks will play host to two rounds of the Class 3-A duals tournament Saturday.

The Seahawks, ranked No. 11 in Class 3-A and the Region 8 champions, wrestle unranked Myrtle Beach in the first round. With a victory, they would advance to face either Airport or Darlington, the other first-round match at Hilton Head High.

Bluffton, the third seed from Region 8-AAAA, travels to Goose Creek on Saturday to open the Class 4-A duals. Beaufort High, the fourth seed, travels to Wando.

Class 2-A/1-A Lower State duals

What: Team wrestling tournament to determine the Lower State champion

Where: Battery Creek High School

When: First round starts at 10 a.m., semifinals at 2 p.m., final at 4 p.m.

Details: Battery Creek will honor many of its former wrestlers on hand during a ceremony before the Lower State final.

Schedule

First round, 10 a.m.

No. 8 Lake City vs. No. 9 Whale Branch

No. 5 Edisto vs. No. 12 Garrett Academy Tech

No. 7 Timberland vs. No. 10 Bishop England

No. 6 Waccamaw vs. No. 11 North Charleston

Second round, noon

No. 1 Aynor vs. Lake City/Whale Branch winner

No. 4 Bamberg-Ehrhardt vs. Edisto/Garrett winner

No. 2 Marion vs. Timberland/Bishop England winner

No. 3 Battery Creek vs. Waccamaw/North Charleston winner

Semifinals, 2 p.m.

Final, 4 p.m.

Class 3-A duals

What: First and second rounds, at Hilton Head Island High School

First round

Myrtle Beach (No. 4 Region 7) at Hilton Head (No. 1 Region 8), 1 p.m.

Darlington (No. 3 Region 6) vs. Airport (No. 2 Region 5), following first match

Second round

Myrtle Beach/Hilton Head High winner vs. Darlington/Airport winner, following second match

Class 4-A duals

No. 3 Bluffton at No. 2 Goose Creek

No. 4 Beaufort at No. 1 Wando

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