Beaufort High’s wrestling team kicked off its season with a thrilling 40-36 win over crosstown rival Battery Creek on Wednesday.
The Eagles fell behind the Dolphins 36-0 thanks to four forfeits in the lower weights as well as pins from Battery Creek’s Sam Degroat and Robbie McManigle, but Beaufort reeled off seven straight wins to end the night, including a pin from Justin Weinberg at 285 to clinch the victory in the deciding match.
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Beaufort’s Adam Burnevich turned the tide with a third-period pin at 152, and Beaufort’s dominant upper weights took over from there. Jeremiah Simmons and Theo Washington also won by pin, and Kaywan Johnson, Colton Phares, and Luke Burton picked up key wins for the Eagles.
Battery Creek also dropped a 65-9 decision to Class 4A power May River. Elmer Linares won by pin, and Dreshaun Brown earned a decision for the Dolphins.
Beaufort will be at the Hawk Invitational in Hanahan on Saturday. Battery Creek’s next action will be Jan. 9, when the Dolphins host Hilton Head High and John Paul II.