It seemed like business as usual for Whale Branch Early College High School senior Max Ford, but it wasn't your usual weekend.
The heavyweight captured his second consecutive Class 2-A/1-A individual wrestling state championship Saturday night in Anderson, holding down Aynor's Wyatt McCrackin in the final, 3-1.
"He wrestled an extremely smart match," Whale Brach coach Josh Duplessis said. "He came out aggressive in the first period ... and did exactly as we planned going into it."
Ford, who finished the year with a 44-2 record, scored a technical fall Friday night in the first round, and then won his semifinal match earlier Saturday with a pin. He capped off his back-to-back titles with a workmanlike decision over McCrackin, who had won his first two matches with pins.
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"He was proud of himself, but he acted like he had been there before," Duplessis said of Ford. "He's a very humble kid. He definitely had a big smile on his face."
Ford was the only Beaufort County wrestlers to bring home a state title on Saturday.
Beaufort High's Kentrell Seabrook was the next closest, dropping a heartbreaker in the Class 4-A 220-pound final. Rock Hill's Cameron Bell eked out a 3-2 decision over the Beaufort senior, only the third loss of the season for Seabrook.
Hilton Head Island High's Martin Duane and Battery Creek's Joseph Cuevas also reached the finals, but came up on the wrong end of major decisions. Duane, a sophomore, finished second at 182 pounds in Class 3-A, while the junior Cuevas was runner-up at 106 pounds in Class 2-A/1-A.
Bluffton came into Saturday with three wrestlers still in the championship hunt, but the Bobcats had what coach John Hollman termed an "absolutely disastrous semifinal round." Sophomore Talon Seitz had the most tragic loss for the Bobcats, getting pinned in overtime after giving up a tying takedown with 10 seconds remaining in his 138-pound Class 4-A semifinal match against White Knoll's Austin Palmer. Seitz then won his next two matches by pin to finish third.
"He bounced back and pinned two incredible kids," Hollman said.
Senior Michael Meyerink also bounced back from his semifinal loss to give the Bobcats a third-place finisher at 160 pounds.
"It was probably one of our proudest moments of the tournament, if not the entire season," Hollman said of Meyerink's third-place finish. "He went out there and wrestled the last match of his career better than he's wrestled any match in his career."
Three other area wrestlers brought home third-place finishes: Beaufort High's Jake Sharp (Class 4-A, 113 pounds), Hilton Head High's Brock Massey (Class 3-A, 138 pounds) and Battery Creek's Jonathan Wright (Class 2-A/1-A, 285 pounds). Battery Creek's Omar Daniels took fourth at 113 pounds.
Results from the S.C. High School League individual wrestling championships held Friday and Saturday at the Civic Center of Anderson:
Jake Sharp (113, 3rd place) -- won by dec. over Ernest Grigorchuck (Boiling Springs), 5-1; lost by pin to Zack Clary (Gaffney), 1:15; won by dec. over Logan Sexton (Rock Hill), 10-4; won by tech. fall over Grigorchuck (Boiling Springs), 15-0
Will Spann (120) -- lost by dec. to Eddie Byrums (Fort Mill), 8-5; lost by forfeit to Austin Chandler (Gaffney)
Mitchell Nestler (195) -- lost by fall to B.J. Hurst (Fort Mill), 1:28; lost by maj. dec. to Andrew Carnes (Lexington), 15-5
Kentrell Seabrook (220, 2nd place) -- won by dec. over Gavin Miebach (Mauldin), 5-1; won by dec. over Adarius Williams (Westside), 2-1; lost by dec. to Cameron Bell (Rock Hill), 3-2
Levi Joly (113) -- won by dec. over Logan Sexton (Rock Hill), 12-5; lost by dec. to Ben Whitney (Ashley Ridge), 6-4; lost by dec. to Ernest Grigorchuck (Boiling Springs), 5-1
Talon Seitz (138, 3rd place) -- won by fall over Antravious Page (South Pointe), 3:36; lost by fall to Austin Palmer (White Knoll), 7:45; won by fall over Parker Grizzle (Dutch Fork), 1:25; won by fall over Christian Cuttino (Ashley Ridge), 2:58
Michael Meyerink (160, 3rd place) -- won by dec. over Jackson Boyd (Riverside), 4-0; lost by maj. dec. to Chad Wood (Summerville), 12-3; won by maj. dec. over Caleb Rubin (Goose Creek), 12-4; won by dec. over Mieklo Sekely (Dorman), 8-3
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Logan Johnston (106) -- lost by maj. dec. to Zane Mitchell (Eastside), 13-0; lost by fall to Austin Waters (Airport), 0:53
Matt Levy (120) -- lost by dec. to Kenyante Bush (Dreher), 9-2; lost by dec. to Bryan Jackson (Berkeley), 8-2
Brock Massey (138, 3rd place) -- won by dec. over Bradey Whiteside (Palmetto), 4-1; lost by dec. to Cole Anderson (Eastside), 3-1; won by dec. over Parker Peeples (Belton-Honea Path), 7-3; won by dec. over Whiteside (Palmetto), 4-1
Martin Duane (182, 2nd place) -- won by fall over Hunter Forsythe (River Bluff), 2:19; won by fall over Michael Scott (Chapman), 4:58; lost by maj. dec. to Cody Eller (West-Oak), 13-4
Joseph Cuevas (106, 2nd place) -- won by fall over Devon Craig (Buford), 3:41; won by fall over Trevor Wilkerson (Cheraw), 3:08; lost by maj. dec. to Davon Powell (Newberry), 18-7
Omar Daniels (113, 4th place) -- lost by dec. to Daquan Chappell (Central), 11-8; won by fall over Hunter Jones (Aynor), 3:00; won by dec. over Fisher Fleming (Pendleton), 5-4; lost by fall to Mason Gomez (North Central), 1:33
Desmon Mullen (120) -- lost by maj. dec. to Daylen Byerley (Indian Land), 16-5; lost by dec. to Tristan Oglesby (Liberty), 16-12
Isaiah Sloan (182) -- won by fall over Kareen Jones (Eau Claire), 5:56; lost by fall to Eric Komorous (Indian Land), 5:50; lost by dec. to Damien Wells (Lake City), 8-4
Cooper Kaminsky (195) -- lost by dec. to Ben Glace (Abbeville), 9-2; won by dec. over Will Van Hoose (Indian Land), 8-4; lost by dec. to Justin Frazier (Columbia), 5-2
Jonathan Wright (285, 3rd place) -- lost by dec. to Shane Lotts (St. Josephs), 6-4; won by fall over Brandon King (Powdersville), 2:53; won by dec. over Avery Thompson (Abbeville), 4-1; won by fall over Lotts (St. Josephs), 4:50
Max Ford (285, 1st place) -- won by tech. fall over Brandon King (Powdersville), 22-7; won by fall over Shane Lotts (St. Josephs), 3:18; won by dec. over Wyatt McCrackin (Aynor), 3-1