The May River High School wrestling team reached a new stage in its growth into a state title contender this season. But the Sharks were reminded Saturday how much farther they have to go to meet the gold standard for South Carolina wrestling.
Powerhouse Eastside steamrolled May River 43-30 — after forfeiting the final five weight classes — to claim the Eagles’ 15th state title in 21 years on Saturday at Dreher High School.
“They set the standard for South Carolina wrestling, and they are where we are trying to get,” May River coach Ashley Powell said. “They took care of business today. We have a long way to go to catch up, but today was our first step.”
The Sharks had a chance to set the tone early with the dual starting at 220 pounds — where May River star and 2020 Class 3A state champ Eli Hall resides — but Hall dropped a tough 5-4 decision to Rickey Abercrombie, and the Eagles kept it rolling with eight more victories in a row to seal another state title before ceding the final five weight classes.
“The draw kind of hurt us,” Powell said. “We felt like we had some winnable matches in the middle. They took care of those early matches. Full credit goes to them.”
The Sharks now turn their attention to the Class 4A Lower State individual qualifier Saturday at Bluffton High School. The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the state championships March 6-7 at Dreher High School.
By Justin Jarrett
David Shelton contributed to this report.