Each week throughout the high school wrestling season, we recognize the standouts from the previous week’s action with the Lowco Wrestling Spotlight presented by Reverence Wrestling Club.
We select our Lowco Hammers of the Week recognizing the week’s most impressive wrestlers, as well as a Team of the Week, and highlight the biggest match of the coming week.
Here’s this week’s installment of the Lowco Wrestling Spotlight presented by Reverence Wrestling Club.
LOWCO HAMMERS OF THE WEEK
Reily Doray, BCHS: Doray’s senior campaign is off to an outstanding start, as he followed up a runner-up finish at the ultra-competitive Coastal Clash with a 3-0 week including two pins and a forfeit. Doray has earned a No. 5 ranking at 113 pounds in Class 3A from SCMat.com and is poised to be a key figure in a strong Dolphins lineup this season.
Colton Phares, BHS: With a fourth-place showing as a sophomore and a runner-up finish last year, Phares has only one goal left to achieve in his senior season — a state title. He is the top-ranked wrestler in Class 4A at 182 pounds, and he hasn’t wasted any time racking up wins on the heels of a run to the state title game with the Eagles’ football team, placing second at the Coastal Clash and picking up two pins in a double dual last week.
Santiago Rueda, MRHS: After a runner-up finish at the state meet last season, Rueda is off to a roaring start in his junior season and is ranked second in Class 4A at 145 pounds, only behind Indian Land’s Dylan Layton, who defeated him in last year’s state final. Rueda is an outstanding defensive wrestler who thinks his way through a match and has already picked up gold medals at the Coastal Clash and the Hanahan Hawk Invitational.
Drew Vigh, HHIHS: After qualifying for the state meet as a freshman and sophomore, Vigh broke through to place third last season, setting him up for an outstanding senior campaign. Ranked fourth at 132 pounds in Class 4A, Vigh dropped a tough match to May River’s Isaiah Wysong at the Coastal Clash and finished fourth, but he came back with pins in both of his matches this week.
Isaiah Wysong, MRHS: The Sharks’ sophomore standout set the tone for an outstanding season with a head-to-head win over Vigh at the Coastal Clash, leading to a runner-up finish in a talent-laden 132-pound bracket. Wysong then went 3-0 in a quad match in Georgia and won his weight class at the Hanahan Hawk Invitational over the weekend, backing up his No. 1 ranking in Class 4A at SCMat.com.
Honorable Mention: Darnell Brawner, HHIHS; Jack Brock, JPII; Peter Adam Burnevich, BHS; Miguel Cavalheiro, MRHS; John Coker, BCHS; Sam DeGroat, BCHS; Gabe Juarez, MRHS; Israel Salmeron, BLHS; EJ Seman, MRHS; Chris Snowden, MRHS; Daniel Snyder, JPII; Kohl Woodham, JPII
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
May River Sharks
Last year’s Class 4A runner-up, May River appears poised to be back in the mix to return to the state championship match in 2022. The Sharks are still easing some inexperienced wrestlers into key roles, but they have the coaching staff and veteran leadership to see them through some early growing pains and solidify the lineup by season’s end. May River is ranked third in Class 4A behind powerhouse Eastside and Lugoff-Elgin and has seven wrestlers in the top eight in their weight classes in the latest SCMat.com rankings, making them a tough matchup in a dual format.
Battery Creek Dolphins
The Dolphins debuted at No. 8 in the Class 3A rankings at SCMat.com after a thrilling 42-37 win over Hanahan in which Bradley Smith delivered a pin in the final match to swing the balance. Battery Creek put together a top-10 showing at the Coastal Clash, which was stacked with talent from throughout the Southeast, then followed it up with dominant victories over Bluffton and John Paul II and a huge win over region rival Hanahan to continue a quick start to the season.
MATCH OF THE WEEK
May River Shark Invitational, Dec. 29-30
If you’re a wrestling fan or just wrestling curious, this is the place to see the best wrestling in the Lowco this season. An outstanding field of wrestlers from 32 teams, primarily from South Carolina and Georgia but with entries from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, will duke it out over two days at May River High School. The field includes 10 teams ranked in the top 10 in their classifications in South Carolina or Georgia, including Georgia 7A dynasty Camden County, as well as another eight teams ranked in the top 20 in the Palmetto or Peach state. Anyone who wins gold in Bluffton next week will have run a daunting gauntlet.
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