Lower State meet at Fort Dorchester:
Beaufort High School will be sending seven wrestlers to next weekend's individual state meet in Anderson after seven top-four finishes at Saturday's Class 4-A Lower State meet at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston.
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The Eagles claimed three Lower State champions among their qualifiers: 145-pounder Forrest Kimbrell, Clint Wright at 195 -- who finished fourth at state last year -- and 2011 state champion Maliek Maldonado at 220.
"We had a great Lower State tournament," Beaufort coach Bill DaMude said. "Seven is the most we've qualified in 4-A."
Trey Arant and Thyrik Legree will be returning to the state meet again this season for Beaufort. Legree finished third at 182 pounds Saturday and Arant was fourth at 160. JaClay Mixon (170) and Tyler Wilson (285) also placed fourth to join their teammates in qualifying for next weekend's tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Civic Center of Anderson.
Lower State meet at North Myrtle Beach: Hilton Head Island High School will be sending four wrestlers to next weekend's state meet in Anderson, while Battery Creek will have two -- including defending state champion David Ratliff.
Hilton Head High's Label Lewis -- state champion at 112 pounds last season -- won the Lower State title at 120 pounds with a pin of North Myrtle Beach's Steven Small.
Teammate David Waddell also stood atop the podium after pinning Bluffton's Lloyd Williams in the finals at 106 pounds.
The Seahawks' Nick Bautista was second at 195 pounds, losing in the finals on a last-second takedown, and Chris Ordonez was third at 126 after a major decision over Chapin's Chandler Owens.
Ratliff remained on track for another state crown, holding off Socastee's Craig Burton, 1-0, in the heavyweight finals. Ratliff heads into the state tournament 51-0 with 34 pins this season.
Battery Creek teammate DeAndre Johnson finished second at 160 pounds, falling to Chapin's Scott Swindell in the finals. Johnson is 43-9 with 38 pins.
Bluffton High School's state qualifiers were not known at press time.
Lower State meet at Hanahan: Whale Branch will have its first state wrestling qualifiers, as Mark Rivers and Max Ford placed fourth at Saturday's Class 1-A/2-A Lower State meet.
Rivers, a junior, took fourth place at 152 pounds, and sophomore Ford was fourth at heavyweight. This was the first year of wrestling for both.
Whale Branch, in its second year, finished the regular season ranked fourth in the state in Class 1-A after posting a 20-14 dual record.
The individual state meet is Friday and Saturday in Anderson.
Wilson Hall 47, Hilton Head Christian 41: A late charge by the Eagles wasn't enough to pick up a win in a first-round matchup Saturday in the SCISAA Class 3-A playoffs in Sumter, as Wilson Hall outscored Hilton Head Christian 8-0 down the stretch to earn the victory.
A slow start to the game put the Eagles (13-11) in a tough position. Wilson Hall (15-9) jumped out to a 9-0 lead and was ahead 17-6 after the first quarter.
"We just came out flat," Christian Academy coach Kenny Conroy said. "Three hours on a bus on a Saturday is not an easy thing to do, but that's what we had to do. We just got off to a really slow start, and it took us awhile to get going."
Wilson Hall led by 11 with just under four minutes left in the third quarter, but the Eagles went on a 15-2 run to take a 41-39 lead with 5 1/2 minutes to play on Taylor MacDonald's driving layup. That was the final basket of the game for the Eagles.
MacDonald finished with 22 points, and Brad Meccariello added 12 for the Eagles. C.J. Evanofski had seven points.
Robert Rohner led Wilson Hall with 17 points and Sharp Turner added 13. The Barons advance to face Heathwood Hall.
(The Sumter Item contributed to this report)
Spartanburg Christian 68, Beaufort Academy 31: Chase Bell drained six 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead Spartanburg Christian past the Eagles in a first-round game in the SCISAA Class 2-A playoffs Saturday in Sumter.
Spartanburg Christian led 36-17 at halftime and then completely put the game out of reach by outscoring Beaufort Academy 24-8 in the third quarter.
Junior Preston Suber finished with a double-double to lead Beaufort Academy (10-11), scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Senior Billy Dailey had six points and five rebounds, and seniors Jack Griffith and Michael Bible scored four and three points, respectively. Finn Koppernaes added three and Connor Akers scored two for the Eagles, who were back in the postseason after a two-year absence.
"It was a good year," Eagles coach Chip Dinkins said. "I'm proud of our guys. I'm happy they were able to fight their way back into the state playoffs."
Augusta Christian 63, Hilton Head Prep 34 (Friday): The Dolphins fell in the opening round of the SCISAA Class 3-A playoffs in Sumter.
Colleton Prep 69, Beaufort Academy 52 (Friday): Beaufort Academy's season ended in the first round of the SCISAA Class 2-A playoffs in Sumter.
Colleton Prep took advantage of 11 first-quarter turnovers by the Eagles to jump out to a 22-10 lead behind some hot outside shooting.
Miranda Weslake had 26 points and seven steals to lead the Eagles. Megan Kahn finished with 19 rebounds, nine blocked shots and eight points. Katherine Neal had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.