Hilton Head High led the way Saturday at the Region 7-AAA tournament at Cane Bay High School in Summerville, crowning five region champions and advancing all 12 of its competitors to the upcoming Lower State meet.
Bluffton and Battery Creek each brought home three individual champions. Bluffton had the most qualifiers, with 13. Battery Creek qualified all 11 of its wrestlers. Berkeley won two weight classes and Cane Bay had one champion.
"For the most part, we wrestled well today," Hilton Head High coach Mike Newton said.
"No medals were handed out today, this was just a qualifier," he added. "We've got to get ready for the next one."
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The "next one" -- at least from an individual wrestling standpoint -- will be the Class 3-A Lower State meet Feb. 18-19 at Bluffton High School. Hilton Head High and Battery Creek are still alive in the team playoffs, which continue Monday.
The Seahawks' five champions Saturday were Label Lewis (112 pounds), Matt Johns (119), Chris Ordonez (125), Campbell Miller (130) and Luke Barsness (189).
Bluffton, which qualified wrestlers in 13 of the 14 divisions, earned titles at 135, 145 and 160. Mike Meyerink won at 135 with a second-round pin of Cane Bay's Jay Green in the finals. Jason Williams took the crown 145 by defeating Cane Bay's Matt Chrobocinski, 14-7, and Manuel Lopez won at 160 with a 5-0 decision over Hilton Head High's Chad Dimmock.
Junior Chris Bockelman (103), senior Bear Childers (215) and junior David Ratliff (285) were Battery Creek's region champions. Childers defeated Hilton Head High's Nick Bautista 1-0 in one of the better matches of the day.
"It was pretty competitive once we got to the finals," Battery Creek coach Kyle Kimrey said.
Region 7-AAA tournament
Saturday, at Cane Bay High School
Class 3-A Lower State Qualifiers
(Lower State meet Feb. 18-19 at Bluffton High School)
103 -- 1. Chris Bockelman, Battery Creek; 2. Lloyd Williams, Bluffton; 3. Albert Ednilao, Cane Bay; 4. Tyler Fick, Hilton Head High
112 -- 1. Label Lewis, Hilton Head High; 2. Levi Joly, Bluffton; 3. Diondre Robinson, Berkeley; 4. Jimmy Sanchez, Battery Creek
119 -- 1. Matt Johns, Hilton Head High; 2. Buddie Cumbee, Berkeley; 3. Joey Kasper-Little, Battery Creek; 4. Xavier Whitmore, Cane Bay
125 -- 1. Chris Ordonez, Hilton Head High; 2. Austin Farmer, Bluffton; 3. Josh Green, Battery Creek; 4. Eddie Brookshire, Cane Bay
130 -- 1. Campbell Miller, Hilton Head High; 2. Delmar Sanders, Battery Creek; 3. Christian Farmer, Bluffton; 4. Isiah Harris, Berkeley
135 -- 1. Michael Meyerink, Bluffton; 2. Jay Green, Cane Bay; 3. Lashod Jones. Berkeley; 4. Brian LaBean, Battery Creek
140 -- 1. Alex Buhle, Cane Bay; 2. Johnny Kautter, Bluffton; 3. Chip Mullen, Hilton Head High
145 -- 1. Jason Williams, Bluffton; 2. Matt Chrobocinski, Cane Bay; 3. Aaron Facenda, Hilton Head High; 4. Zach Moore, Berkeley
152 -- 1. Alex King, Berkeley; 2. Ashby Freeman, Cane Bay; 3. Seth Anthony, Hilton Head High; 4. Braden Putich, Bluffton
160 -- 1. Manuel Lopez, Bluffton; 2. Chad Dimmock, Hilton Head High; 3. Tariq Simmons, Cane Bay; 4. Dylan King, Battery Creek
171 -- 1. Alonzo McGill, Berkeley; 2. Dylan Pope, Cane Bay; 3. Javon Livingston, Battery Creek; 4. Edgar Prada, Bluffton
189 -- 1. Luke Barsness, Hilton Head High; 2. Marquis Givens, Battery Creek; 3. Kyle Waddell, Bluffton; 4. Forest Fiddie, Berkeley
215 -- 1. Bear Childers, Battery Creek; 2. Nick Bautista, Hilton Head High; 3. Isai Hernandez, Bluffton; 4. Hunter Henderson, Cane Bay
285 -- 1. David Ratliff, Battery Creek; 2. Charles Thompson, Cane Bay; 3. Doug Bell, Hilton Head High; 4. Zach Maloney, Bluffton
Lexington 36, Beaufort High 35: The Eagles' first-round matchup in the Class 4-A dual playoffs started out well enough, with heavyweight Codrian Smalls registering a pin, but Lexington quickly stole the momentum back and went on to the narrow victory at Stratford High School in Goose Creek.
After Smalls' win at 285 pounds, Lexington reeled off wins in the next five matches -- four by pin -- to wrest control of the match from the Eagles.
"We wrestled well," Beaufort High coach Bill DaMude said. "It's been our Waterloo all season, those lightweights, not being able to stay off their backs."
Beaufort High -- which finished its dual season with a 21-10 record -- fought back in the middle weight classes with a pin from E.J. Johnson (135), a technical fall for Trey Arant (145) and decisions for Zach Brown (152) and Kenan Jackson (160). But Lexington was able to wrap up the match with a decision at 171 pounds. The Wildcats forfeited the final two weight classes of the dual with the outcome no longer in doubt.
Beaufort High's team season is completed, but nine Eagles will continue the individual portion of their season on Feb. 18-19 in the Class 4-A Lower State tournament at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston.
Lexington 36, Beaufort High 35
NOTE: Match started at 285 pounds
103: Myers (L) pinned Tommy Collins, 1st period
112: Szalwinski (L) pinned Preston Bradley, 2nd period
119: Taylor (L) pinned Luca Kimbrell, 2nd period
125: Bonham (L) pinned Jamie Ferreri, 2nd period
130: Barfield (L) maj. dec. Clayton Wynn, 13-0
135: E.J. Johnson (B) pinned Heape, 2nd period
140: Brack (L) tech. fall Mike Holmes, 15-0
145: Trey Arant (B) tech. fall Simpson, 17-2
152: Zach Brown (B) dec. Darden, 11-5
160: Kenan Jackson (B) dec. Bannister, 9-6
171: Morales (L) dec. Clint Wright, 11-4
189: Thyrik Legree (B) won by forfeit
215: Maliek Maldonado (B) won by forfeit
285: Codrian Smalls (B) pinned Carson, 1st period
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
Hilton Head Prep 70, Orangeburg Prep 29: Four Dolphins scored in double figures in the non-region game played at The Citadel in Charleston, led by Dimitri Lowry's 14 points
"We got out of the gates early," Dolphins coach Rich Basirico said. "It was just a well-played game for us."
Lowry also had six assists for Hilton Head Prep (15-8). Alex Orford added 13 points and five rebounds, Matt Layman had 11 points and nine boards, and Patrick Andrews finished with 11 points. L.J. Orage had six points and four rebounds for the Dolphins, who play at region-leading Pinewood Prep on Friday.
Mitch Goodwin had 11 points to lead Orangeburg Prep.
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
Northwood Academy 63, Hilton Head Prep 48 (Friday): Northwood Academy point guard Amber Campbell had a field day at Prep's Fraser Field House, racking up 39 points as the Chargers knocked off the Dolphins for a second time this season.
According to Prep coach Bob Sulek, that was the most points any player has scored against his team in his 13 seasons at the helm.
"There was nothing we could do with her," he said.
Jill Brunori had 18 points, five steals and eight rebounds to lead Hilton Head Prep (22-4 overall, 6-3 SCISAA Region 3-AAA). Kathleen Blum added 10 points and six assists, Kate Brunori had eight points and seven rebounds, and Jamese Franklin finished with nine points and seven rebounds for the Dolphins, who travel to Pinewood Prep on Friday to face SCISAA's top-rated team.