Beaufort High’s run in the Class 4A dual playoffs ended with a tough 34-32 loss to visiting Airport on Monday.
After falling behind 34-10 early, the Eagles won the final six bouts but couldn’t muster enough bonus points to complete the comeback.
Michael Cenci started the night on a strong note for Beaufort with a pin at 170 pounds, and Theo Washington’s 11-0 win at 195 gave the Eagles a 10-6 lead, but Airport won five straight matches — one by forfeit, one by major decision, and three by pin — to built a 34-10 advantage.
Marcus Spann began to turn the tide with a win by injury default at 126 pounds, and Matthew Durrance followed with a 15-10 decision. Jacob Denton earned a 10-0 major decision, Robert Cruikshank won 6-4, and James Dagin won 8-1 to give the Eagles hope going into the final match, as a pin or technical fall from Jeremiah Simmons would have swung the match in Beaufort’s favor, but Simmons could only manage a 7-2 victory.
The Eagles finish with a 22-11 dual record and now turn their attention to the individual season, beginning with the Class 4A Lower State Tournament at Bluffton High School on Feb. 15-16.