Kentrell Seabrook worked much of the wrestling season to cut the weight necessary not to face the giants each bout.
The Beaufort High School senior, a natural at 220 pounds, battled heavyweights throughout the regular season. He wrestled well enough to reach No. 2 in Class 4-A at 285 but wasn't happy.
Seabrook finally got to the magic number Monday in time to wrestle at the Region 8-AAAA meet at Bluffton High School.
He avoided a late takedown to win a 2-1 decision over Summerville's Julian Gibbs in the 220 final.
"Everyone in heavyweight is heavier than me," said Seabrook, who said he went to bed at 223 Sunday night and woke up at 221.9. "I hate wrestling everyone 50 pounds-plus heavier."
Seabrook was one of seven Eagles to qualify for the Class 4-A Lower State individual tournament at Beaufort High on Feb. 21 and 22. Beaufort High's Jake Sharp at 113 pounds and William Spann at 120 were also region champions.
The host Bobcats qualified eight wrestlers for Lower State.
Bluffton's Talon Seitz improved to 57-1 on the season by winning the final at 138. Seitz is two wins shy of tying the Bluffton record for wins in a season. He set the record for pins, with 38, during a victory in the semifinal.
Seitz earned a 6-5 decision over Fort Dorchester's Zane Graham in the final. He expected a tough bout, having been down a point to Graham during a region match earlier in the season before winning with a third-period pin.
"I knew I had to shoot to beat him," Seitz said.
Sharp, ranked second in Class 4-A at 113, pinned Ashley Ridge's Ben Whitney 15 seconds into the final. The Beaufort High senior owns the school record for quickest pin after a six-second bout at Cane Bay earlier this season.
Sharp took a shot at Whitney early in the bout Monday, and with both scrambling on the mat, Sharp looked down to see Whitney on his back. He sat in his position until the whistle.
"The quicker I go, the faster I go and get it over with, the less energy I use," Sharp said.
Spann, a sophomore, dropped Fort Dorchester's Tyre Wright with a first-period shot and grinded out a 2-1 decision. Wright had defeated Spann in the 2013 Class 4-A individual meet.
The Patriots wrestler entered Monday ranked No. 6 at 120 and Spann a spot ahead. Spann said Wright protects himself well.
He shot when he saw Wright's leg vulnerable.
Class 4-A Lower State qualifiers
Name, place, weight
Jake Sharp, first place, 113
William Spann, first place, 120
Kentrell Seabrook, first place, 220
Brahm Gideon, second place, 132
Mitchell Nestler, second place, 195
William Valentin, third place, 145
Tramone Jenkins, fourth place, 106
Talon Seitz, first place, 138
Lloyd Williams, second place, 126
Mike Meyerink, second palce, 160
Levi Joly, third place 113
Buddy Drew, third place, 120
Khadeil Ergas, third place, 132
Josh Darrell, third place, 285
Zaid Rueda, fourth place, 182