HSWR: Three champs, 13 medalists from the Lowco at state wrestling

May River wrestlers claimed two individual state titles, and Hilton Head High’s James Levy claimed the gold he has long sought after two runner-up finishes Saturday at the SCHSL Wrestling Championships at Dreher High School. May River’s Eli Hall won his second consecutive state title, teammate Gabe Juarez joined him atop the podium, and Levy finally broke through in his third trip to the state finals to highlight a wildly successful day for Beaufort County wrestlers.

HSWR: 18 Lowco wrestlers punch tickets to state tournament

Nearly half of the Lowco area wrestlers who took the mat Saturday for the Class 4A and Class 3A Lower State qualifier meets are moving on to the state tournament. A total of 18 area wrestlers from five schools advanced to next Saturday’s SCHSL State Championships by placing in the top three in their weight classes at the Lower State qualifiers.

HSWR: Coveted spots in state tourney on the line for area wrestlers Saturday

A total of 40 Beaufort County wrestlers from five schools will try to earn their spot in the state tournament Saturday at the Class 4A and 3A Lower State qualifiers.

HSWR: Powerhouse Eastside slams Sharks in state title bout

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 … Continue reading HSWR: Powerhouse Eastside slams Sharks in state title bout

HSWR: Sharks navigate pandemic, playoffs to arrive at first state title match

They were so close for so many years, but in their first season in Class 4A, May River’s wrestlers conquered the Lower State — at the expense of their rival Hilton Head High Seahawks. Now, the Sharks have a chance to topple a perennial state powerhouse and claim a state title in just their fifth year of existence.

HSWR: Sharks rack up 8 pins, slam Seahawks for Lower State title

May River racked up eight pins — including seven straight to close out the match — turning what started as a competitive dual into a 58-18 rout to punch the Sharks’ ticket to the Class 4A championship match.

HSWR: Seahawks survive scare in first round of dual playoffs

It started with a shocker, but the Hilton Head High wrestling team was able to survive a tough test on the road Saturday to open the Class 4A dual playoffs with a 45-30 win over South Aiken. The match got off to an inauspicious beginning for the Seahawks, as freshman sensation Zao Estrada suffered her first loss of the season, getting caught mid-tilt and finding herself in a tight headlock. But her teammates picked her up. James Levy, Darnell Browner, and Alex Ruckno all recorded key pins to help HHIHS dig out of an early 15-6 hole before the Thoroughbreds rallied back with back-to-back pins. But the Seahawks closed it out with four straight victories — two forfeits and two pins — to clinch it. It was 15-6 before Drew Vigh earned a decision at 132 and Browner fought off his back in the first period to score a massive second-period pin to pull the Seahawks even. After South Aiken pulled back ahead with a decision, Ruckno followed Browner’s lead with a second-period pin after a wild opening period to swing the momentum back to the Seahawks. Two straight South Aiken pins put the Seahawks against the wall, but Chase McCracken and Brayven Shapiro won by forfeit with Jesse Salinas and Peter Rougeaux pins mixed in, as Hilton Head High closed out the match strong. The Seahawks will travel to North Myrtle Beach on Monday with the winner advancing to the Lower State championship match Wednesday. May River will be in the other semifinal, hosting Hartsville at 5 p.m.