Class 3-A State Duals Tournament
Hilton Head Island High: The Hilton Head Island High School wrestling team advanced to the third round of the Class 3-A state duals tournament, winning matches Saturday against Myrtle Beach and Airport at Hilton Head High.
The Seahawks won their first-round match against Myrtle Beach, 52-21, before pulling out a 33-32 win over Airport in the second round.
In the second-rounder, each team won seven matches and each team had three pins, but it was a technical fall by the Seahawks that made the difference.
The Seahawks had a 10-point lead going into the last two matches against Airport. D.T. Smith lost his match at 145 pounds, but it was only a decision, leaving the Seahawks with a seven-point lead and clinching the win.
Hilton Head High had seven wrestlers go undefeated on the day: Matt Roberts (106), Jermaine Robinson (113), Chance Bentzoni (120), Mark Entrup (132), Brock Massey (138), Martin Duane (182) and Trevor Pascoe (195).
Hilton Head's third-round match will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Socastee, which has only lost once this season.
Class 4-A State Duals Tournament
Goose Creek 45, Bluffton 36: The Bobcats won the first five matches by pin, taking a 30-0 lead, but ended up losing their first-round match at Lexington High School in Columbia.
"As good as a team season as it's been and as much as we've overacheived, it's very disheartening," Bobcats coach John Hollman said.
Six Bluffton wrestlers had pins: Levi Joly (120 pounds), Buddy Drew (126), Lloyd Williams (132), Evan Placke (138), Talon Seitz (145), Michael Meyerink (170)
"All we needed was one more win somewhere and we couldn't get it," Hollman said, "or we needed some guys to stay off their backs and not get pinned."
"There aren't too many times when you're going to have six pins in a match and lose the match," he added.
The Bobcats finish the team portion of their season with a 37-10 record.
The individual Lower State meet will be Feb. 21-22 at Beaufort High.
Wando 31, Beaufort High 30: The Eagles lost a heartbreaker in the first round of the Class 4-A duals tournament, falling when Wando won the last match of the day with a pin.
"We had opportunities at other weight classes to win, we just didn't get it done," Beaufort High coach Bill Damude said.
Beaufort High (14-11) got wins from Tramon Jenkins (113 pounds), Jake Sharp (120), William Spann (126), Connor Gruel (145), A.J. Smalls (170), Mitchell Nestler (220) and Kentrell Seabrook (285).
The Eagles host the individual Lower State meet on Feb. 21-22.
Whale Branch 56, Allendale-Fairfax 42: Denzel Daniel had 16 points and Michael Middleton added 11 to lead the Warriors to victory on Senior Night.
Whale Branch (19-3 overall, 8-0 Region 5-A) plays Tuesday at Denmark-Olar. A win locks up the region title for the Warriors.
JV: Whale Branch 50, Allendale-Fairfax 44
Ridgeland-Hardeeville 67, Estill 23: Ransom Dunham had 12 points, three assists and six rebounds to power the Jaguars to an easy non-region win.
Walter Nathan added 10 points, Kevon Williams scored eight, and Trenard Ferrell had seven points, four steals and four rebounds for Ridgeland-Hardeeville (16-5), which plays at Garrett Academy Tech on Tuesday with the Region 6-AA title on the line.
Hilton Head Christian Academy 46, First Baptist 37: Brad Meccariello scored 22 to lead the Eagles (8-11, 2-5) past First Baptist.
DeoVonte Doe and Chris Edwards each added seven for HHCA, which hosts Pinewood Prep on Monday.
Shaquille Robinson led First Baptist with 11.
Hilton Head Christian Academy 48, First Baptist 42: Despite trailing by as many at 16 points in the third quarter, the Eagles were 10 of 11 from the line in the fourth quarter and outscored First Baptist 24-7 on the way to a SCISAA Region 3-AAA victory.
Ziaira Doe led the Eagles with 17 points, and Macee Tamminen added 12.
McKala Rhodes led First Baptist with 17.
"It had to be our worst shooting performance in my three years of coaching the (HHCA) girls in the first half," Eagles coach Kenny Conroy said. "It was a good comeback, though. It's the first time we've had to do something like that."
The Eagles (15-4, 6-4) host Pinewood Prep on Monday.
Whale Branch 57, Allendale-Fairfax 21: Sharrin Reed scored 15, Shaniqua Johnson had 13 and Cheyenne Rogers added 12 to keep the Warriors (16-5, 8-0) perfect in Region 5-A.
Whale Branch plays Tuesday at Denmark-Olar and makes up a game postponed by weather on Wednesday at Branchville.