May River’s Ryan Humel became the first individual state champion in the program’s three-year history by winning the Class 3A 182-pound title at the SCHSL State Wrestling Championships in Anderson.
Humel beat Crescent’s Jamie Ellis 6-2 in the finals to claim the state title a year after losing a 6-4 decision in the finals at 170 pounds. Humel scored an early takedown in the first period and added an escape, another takedown, and a penalty point for stalling in the second period to control the match.
Hilton Head High’s James Levy finished second at 106 pounds in Class 4A after an 8-5 loss to South Pointe’s Spencer Cox in the finals, and May River’s Roderick Grant was the runner-up at 195 pounds with an 8-2 loss to Crescent’s CC Spires.
Despite not having any wrestlers advance to the championship finals, Beaufort High finished fifth in the team standings in Class 4A thanks to the Eagles’ work in the consolation brackets. Marcus Spann (126) and James Dagin (152) worked their way through the back side of the bracket to place third, and Matthew Durrance (132), Jacob Denton (138), and Michael Cenci (170) all placed fourth.
Battery Creek’s Syncere Atkins also placed fourth at 145 pounds in Class 3A.