HSWR: Eagles lead contingent of 12 Lowco state qualifiers (+ 📷 GALLERY)

Beaufort High qualified seven wrestlers — including four individual champions — while Hilton Head High had four qualifiers and one Bluffton wrestler claimed a spot in the state tournament at the Class 4A Lower State qualifier Saturday at Bluffton High School.

North Myrtle Beach (187) narrowly edged second-place Beaufort (175.5) in the team standings, while Hilton Head High (98) was seventh and Bluffton (28) was 14th. 

Gary Bayne (106), Matthew Durrance (138), James Dagin (152), and Michael Cenci (170) all claimed individual titles for the Eagles, while Jeremiah Simmons (160) was second, Colton Phares (145) placed third, and Payton Bayne (120) was fourth. 

Hilton Head High’s James Levy (113) captured an individual crown, and Jesus Catalan (106) was second, Santiago Rueda (132) was third, and Drew Vigh (126) placed fourth. 

Bluffton’s Xavier Dykstra (220) qualified with a second-place finish.

The state championships are Friday and Saturday at the Anderson Civic Center.

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