May River wrestling maintained its Region 7-4A supremacy on Wednesday in The Tank, but not without a scrap from the Sharks’ rivals across the bridge.
May River used four pins, a forfeit, and a quirky disqualification to claim a 43-28 victory over Hilton Head High, for all intents and purposes locking up another region crown. But the teams met again in the Class 4A Lower State final a year ago, and another rematch could be in the offing in the postseason.
The margin of victory is somewhat misleading, because Hilton Head’s Alex Ruckno was in control at 195 pounds, leading 12-4 after one period, when he was disqualified for wrestling up two weight classes from where he weighed in, resulting in a huge swing.
The sudden twist put the Sharks up 37-10 with four weight bouts remaining to clinch the win, sucking the drama out of an energized gym when the Seahawks recorded pins in three of the final four matches to close the gap.
After an opening forfeit to May River’s Emilio Mendoza, Hilton Head’s Zao Estrada earned a decision to get the Seahawks on the board. It was tied at 6 after three bouts when Hilton Head’s Drew Vigh avenged two losses earlier this season with a 6-5 decision over top-ranked Isaiah Wysong at 132 pounds, but May River’s EJ Seman (pin), Santiago Ruedo (major decision), and Miguel Cavalheiro (pin) won three straight matches to give the Sharks a 16-point advantage.
Devin Espinoza pulled back four points for the Seahawks with a major decision at 160, but Gabe Juarez (pin) and Chris Snowden (decision) won the next two bouts to put the Sharks on the brink of clinching the victory, and Josh Echeverria’s DQ victory finished it off.
Brayven Shapiro (220), William Jakeway (106), and Mack Ford (113) came up with pins for Hilton Head down the stretch, but Billy Hall’s pin at 285 was enough to give the Sharks a more comfortable margin.
Both the Sharks and Seahawks made quick work of a short-handed Colleton County team earlier in the night, with only three matches contested in each dual. May River beat the Cougars 78-3, while Hilton Head downed Colleton 66-10.
May River’s Will Mauro and Beau Gwynn picked up pins against Colleton, and Hilton Head’s Landon Wood earning a pin against the Cougars. Colleton’s Gage Thomas went 2-0 with a decision and a major decision, and teammate Avrial Porter picked up a pin against Hilton Head.
The Seahawks and Sharks are back in action Friday and Saturday at the Bobcat Duals at Bluffton.
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