HSWR: Battery Creek sends all 14 to Lower State

Battery Creek wrestling will take a full squad to the Class 3A Lower State qualifying meet after all 14 Dolphins placed in the top four in their weight classes at the Region 8-3A qualifier Saturday in North Charleston. 

The Dolphins finished the day with four champions and five runners-up, along with four third-place finishers and one fourth-place showing.

A trio of seniors claimed region crowns as Reily Doray (113), Sebastian Sanchez (145), and Dre’shaun Brown (182) all won titles along with junior Sam DeGroat (120). John Coker, Elmer Linares, Bradley Smith, Nate Gallego, and Hunter Smith all reached the finals before settling for silver. Dustin Nakamura, Daniel Sunkins, Aiden Northway, and Leroy Tyus all placed third, and Ryan Israel finished fourth.

“I’m really proud of all of our guys,” Battery Creek coach Alex Rutherford said. “It was a short week but they stayed focused. Region title on Wednesday and then to compete this hard is truly amazing.” 

Before the Dolphins continue the individual qualifying process Feb. 18 at Camden High School, they’ll open the Class 3A dual playoffs when they host the first two rounds Feb. 5.

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