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
Miguel Cavalheiro, MRHS: Cavalheiro has flown a bit under the radar this season, but as a senior and a state placer two years ago, he’s a key figure in the middle of the Sharks’ daunting lineup. The May River 152-pounder went 5-0 at the Coach Trap Duals on Saturday, backing up his No. 5 ranking in Class 4A and helping the Sharks capture the crown.
Sam Degroat, BCHS: The Dolphins’ 120-pounder is already ranked second in his weight class in Class 3A, and he’s making a strong case for the top spot when SCMat.com releases new rankings Wednesday. The junior went 5-0 with four pins at the Coach Trap Duals, including a win over May River’s Emilio Mendoza, who is ranked fifth in Class 4A. Degroat also picked up a pin against Hilton Head High’s Zao Estrada last week.
Reily Doray, BCHS: It was another outstanding week for the Dolphins’ senior 113-pounder, who was 6-0 with five pins and a forfeit on the week. Doray earned a pin in a tight match against Hilton Head High to start the week, then went 5-0 at Coach Trap Duals, picking up four pins to help the Dolphins push May River to the brink in the championship match.
Billy Hall, MRHS: The big man at the back end of the lineup came up huge for the Sharks over the weekend, going 5-0 with five pins at the Coach Trap Duals as May River followed his lead with a perfect 5-0 mark. With a low center of gravity and incredible strength, Hall makes it tough on every opponent in the 285-pound weight class.
Chris Snowden, MRHS: Another of May River’s senior standouts who sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, all Snowden does is win, and he was 5-0 at the Coach Trap Duals, including a key win over Battery Creek’s Dre’Shaun Brown (No. 7 in Class 3A) in the Sharks’ championship victory. Snowden is ranked second in Class 4A and poised for a showdown with top-ranked Colton Phares when the Sharks face Beaufort High on Jan. 19.
Honorable Mention: Darnell Brawner, HHIHS; Santiago Rueda, MRHS; Drew Vigh, HHIHS; Kohl Woodham, JPII
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Battery Creek Dolphins
The Dolphins dropped a 42-33 match at Hilton Head High on Thursday, but they split the 14 weight classes and went toe-to-toe with what appears to be a top-10 team in Class 4A. Then they did the same with what is certainly a top-five team in Class 4A, pushing third-ranked May River to the brink in the championship match of the Coach Trap Duals before losing 37-33 to finish a 4-1 day. Alex Rutherford’s squad is especially strong at the lower weights, with Reily Doray, Sam Degroat, and Elmer Linares setting the tone early in the lineup and Dre’Shaun Brown anchored the back end. If Rutherford can continue to develop a couple more middleweights into contenders, the Dolphins will be a problem in Class 3A.
May River Sharks
Once again, the Sharks have made it impossible to deny them a nod in this space. They’re the class of the Lowco on the mat at the moment, and no one can seem to disprove it. Battery Creek came close, but May River’s superior depth pulled through in a 37-33 victory. The Sharks had seven wrestlers ranked in the top five in their weight classes in the last round of Class 4A rankings at SCMat.com, which makes it tough to dodge all their hammers in a dual meet.
MATCH OF THE WEEK
Hilton Head High at May River (Wednesday)
After losing to the Sharks twice last season, including in the Class 4A Lower State title match, the Seahawks have been looking forward to this match for quite some time. May River is still the team to beat in Region 7-4A — and likely the Lower State — but Patrick Boulware’s team is the Sharks’ biggest threat in the region and one of the dark horses to reach the state title match. Playing with the transitive property — both teams beat Battery Creek this week, but the Seahawks did so by a wider margin — would lead one to believe this matchup will be interesting, at the very least.
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