An impressive victory at 220 pounds by Codrian Smalls wasn't enough to make a difference for the Beaufort High School wrestling team Monday.
The Eagles suffered a 36-26 loss to the Lexington Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the Class 4-A state dual tournament.
The Eagles advanced to the quarters with weekend wins over Goose Creek, 48-20, and Conway, 57-19, in Conway.
Against Lexington, Smalls provided the biggest boost with a win by pin over defending state champion Nate Meagher.
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Other winners for Beaufort High on Monday were Trey Arant at 160 pounds, Clint Wright at 195, Tyler Wilson at 285, Jake Sharp at 106 and Michael Holmes at 152. Wright and Sharp were each victorious by major decision.
Beaufort High (22-7), the No. 2 team in Region 8-AAAA, faced a Region 5-AAAA champion Lexington team (26-2) that defeated the Eagles, 50-18, earlier this season.
Beaufort coach Bill Damude said the atmosphere surrounding Monday's matchup was outstanding.
"I thought we wrestled with a lot of grit, a lot of heart and intensity," he said. "I was proud of our effort."
Lexington advances to face the winner of the Summerville-White Knoll matchup on Wednesday.
Beaufort High wrestlers return to the mat for the Lower State individual tournament later this month in Edisto.
Allendale-Fairfax 94, Whale Branch 80: The top-ranked Warriors fell behind by 24 points early in the game, clawed back to within six with 5 minutes to play, then went cold again en route to a road loss on Monday.
Terrell Hazel had 17 points to lead Whale Branch. Simeon Middleton chipped in 16 points, 12 assists and four steals; brother Michael Middleton added 15 points, four rebounds and three assists; and Justin Rhode contributed nine points, four assists and three steals.
Whale Branch (19-3, 8-1) next hosts Denmark-Olaf on Wednesday with the Region 5-A title on the line.
Coastal Christian 58, Beaufort Academy 33: An 11-4 outburst in the second quarter led the visitors over the Eagles.
Conner Akers scored 12 for Beaufort Academy, and Preston Suber chipped in 11 points and four rebounds.
Garnett Guisas had 18 points for Coastal Christian, which led 29-12 at halftime after being up only 14-8 after the first stanza.
Now 8-12 overall, the Eagles next play Bible Baptist on Thursday. The game will take place at Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland.
JV: Beaufort Academy 34, Coastal Christian 33
JV: Battery Creek 40, Burke 39
Beaufort Academy 58, Coastal Christian 9: The Eagles roared to a 27-0 advantage and led 27-1 after the opening quarter.
Miranda Weslake sparked Beaufort Academy with 23 points, seven steals and five rebounds. Charlotte Delfosse chipped in 16 points and five steals, and freshman Kiana Fortner rang up nine points, six steals and five rebounds.
As a team, the Eagles rang up 27 steals.
Beaufort Academy (10-9) next opens SCISAA Region 1-AA tournament play Wednesday against Bible Baptist at Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland.
JV: Beaufort Academy 35, Coastal Christian 15
Hilton Head Christian 47, Ashley Hall 30: Francesca Guidobono notched a double-double to propel the Eagles.
Audrey Bensch added 14 points for Hilton Head Christian, which led 22-13 at halftime.
The Eagles (17-9, 5-3 SCISAA Region 3-AAA) next host Northwood Academy today.
JV: Battery Creek 35, Burke 0