After four consecutive losses, and with three more matches before Hilton Head High's wrestling team could get back to its perceived strength in the lower weights, the Seahawks needed something special at the top of the lineup.
And despite serious size disadvantages, Hilton Head High's big men delivered.
Chad Dimmock, Luke Barsness and Nick Bautista -- all bumping up a weight class -- came through with key pins, setting off a string of seven consecutive Hilton Head High victories and propelling the Seahawks to a 47-15 victory against Region 7-AAA opponent Cane Bay on Wednesday.
"Weight is a non-issue," Seahawks coach Mike Newton said. "I never mention weight. Our kids never think about weight. If you go up a weight class, that's what you're supposed to do. If you're a middle linebacker on the football team but coach needs you at outside linebacker next Friday, you make the move, no questions asked. Our guys do a good job of that."
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Hilton Head High's win means the Seahawks and Battery Creek -- which beat Cane Bay 42-27 on Tuesday -- are likely to be wrestling for the region title Wednesday at Hilton Head High, though both teams still need to beat Bluffton High School to ensure that's the case.
But in the early going, it seemed the Cobras might knock the Seahawks from that perch.
After Campbell Miller started Hilton Head High with a major decision, Cane Bay won four consecutive matches by decision to take a 12-4 lead.
"They're a hungry team," Newton said. "New school, coach (Tim) Wash has won state championships at previous schools. ... I told my guys the other day that team reminds me of us four years ago when we were trying to make a name for ourselves and we had to start knocking off people ahead of us."
The Seahawks made sure they didn't take a step in that direction Wednesday. After the consecutive pins by the heavyweights, Hilton Head High won five of the final six matches, including three more pins by Nick Tennison, Matt Johns and Chris Ordonez.
"There was a little bit of pressure going into my match, but I was confident I could go out there and do what I needed to do and kind of pick the team up a little bit," said Barsness, who pinned Hunter Henderson with five-tenths of a second left in the 215-pound match. "We just dominated from then on."
Hilton Head High 47, Cane Bay 15
103: David Waddell (HHH) dec. Albert Ednilao, 12-6.
112: Nick Tennison (HHH) pinned Tim Meree, third period.
119: Label Lewis (HHH) major dec. Xavier Whitmore, 10-0.
125: Matt Johns (HHH) pinned Eddie Brookshire, second period.
130: Jesse Goodyear (CB) dec. Richard Jenkins, 6-5.
135: Chris Ordonez (HHH) pinned Michael Green, first period.
140: Campbell Miller (HHH) major dec. Alex Buhle, 13-1.
145: Jeff Zech (CB) dec. Aaron Facenda, 7-5 OT.
152: Matt Chrobocinski (CB) dec. Seth Anthony, 7-1.
160: Devon Llewellyn (CB) dec. Dean Entrup, 3-1.
171: Tariq Simmons (CB) dec. Lewis McKeliver, 3-0.
189: Chad Dimmock (HHH) pinned Chris David, first period.
215: Luke Barsness (HHH) pinned Hunter Henderson, third period.
285: Nick Bautista (HHH) pinned Charles Thompson, third period.
Note: Match started at 140 pounds.