HSWR: Sharks’ state champs lead 17 all-state wrestlers from the Lowco

May River wrestling claimed two individual state titles and placed third in the Class 3A team standings at the SCHSL State Championships on Saturday in Anderson. 

Isham Peace (113) and Eli Hall (220) both pinned their way to gold to lead a contingent of 17 area wrestlers who claimed all-state honors with top-four finishes in their weight classes. May River had a program-record eight placers and finished with 107 points, trailing only champion Indian Land (165) and runner-up West Oak (134). 

Gabriel Juarez (152) and Rod Grant (195) finished third for the Sharks, while EJ Seman (106), Chad Hadden (120), Miguel Cavalheiro (138), Anthony Nelsen (145) placed fourth.  

Also in Class 3A, Battery Creek’s Larson McManigle (145) finished third

CLASS 4A

A quartet of state placers led Beaufort High to a fourth-place showing in Class 4A with 61.5 points as Eastside (205.5) ran away with the team title. 

Senior James Dagin (152) wrapped up a remarkable career with a second-place showing, losing 5-0 to three-time state champion Riley Augustine of Eastside in the finals. Teammates Gary Bayne (106) and Jeremiah Simmons (160) placed third, and Colton Phares (145) was fourth. 

Hilton Head High had two all-state wrestlers, as James Levy (113) claimed a second consecutive runner-up finish after a tough 10-7 loss to Hartsville’s Jordan Lynch in the finals, and Jesus Catalan (106) finished fourth. 

CLASS 2A

Whale Branch took two wrestlers to state, and both came home with hardware, as Zakariya Williams (195) and Xavier Chaplin (285) each placed third. 

Williams, a senior, capped his career with an 11-3 win over North Central’s Clenzo Foreman in the consolation finals, while Chaplin wrapped up his sophomore campaign with a quick fall, pinning MJ Mason of Ninety Six in just 19 seconds to claim third place. 

Despite having only two qualifiers, the Warriors tied for 13th in the Class 2A/1A standings. 

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