Three state champions, including Hilton Head Island unbeatens Talon Seitz and Martin Duane, head a list of five Beaufort County wrestlers who will compete in this weekend’s North/South All-Star Classic in North Myrtle Beach.
Beaufort’s Will Spann, the Class 3-A champion at 126 pounds, and teammate Conner Gruel (152) also were selected for the South team along with Battery Creek’s Porter Mahon (152).
All five will compete for a combined South squad of Class 3-A and 2-A seniors, while wrestlers from Class 4-A and 1-A will compete together. Hilton Head coach Mike Newton is one of four coaches for the South roster.
Seitz and Duane finished off undefeated seasons with Class 3-A titles at last weekend's state individual championships, each completing 54-0 records. Seitz captured his second consecutive state title by winning the 170-pound division, while Duane capped his run to the 182 title by pinning his finals opponent in 24 seconds.
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Gruel and Mahon also went to the state tournament, but both were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The All-Star format pits the 3-A/2-A South wrestlers against the 4-A/1-A North squad on Friday night, while the 3-A/2-A North takes on the 4-A/1-A South. The winners will square off for the title on Saturday, with opening-night losers squaring off for third place.
2016 North/South All-Star Classic
Where: North Myrtle Beach High School
Local entrants: Martin Duane (182), Hilton Head; Conner Gruel (152), Beaufort; Porter Mahon (152), Battery Creek; Talon Seitz (170), Hilton Head; Will Spann (126), Beaufort