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.
New region, same result for the May River wrestling team. The Sharks wrapped up the Region 7-4A title with a pair of convincing wins at home Wednesday, routing James Island 74-3 and capping the night with a 61-14 victory over Hilton Head High.
May River’s wrestlers made quick work of a pair of non-region opponents Saturday, trouncing Bishop England 72-6 and blanking Timberland 70-0.
Hilton Head High wrestling picked up two more victories Saturday, beating Region 7-4A rival Beaufort High 60-16 and knocking off Brookland-Cayce 54-30 at The Nest.
Hilton Head High’s wrestling team swept a pair of county rivals and celebrated star James Levy’s 100th career win with victories over visiting Bluffton and Battery Creek on Wednesday.
John Paul II’s wrestling team won all seven contested matches, including four pins, to roll to a 45-24 win over visiting Colleton Prep on Friday.
May River’s wrestling team rolled to a 72-6 victory over a depleted Beaufort High team on Wednesday.
May River’s wrestling team used seven pins to roll to a 61-15 win over a much-improved Bluffton team in the Hometown Showdown on Wednesday.
Battery Creek’s wrestling team took down a one-time rival on Saturday, defeating John Paul II and former Beaufort High coach Bill Damude’s team 56-6 with the aid of five forfeits.
Battery Creek’s wrestling team handed first-year coach Alex Rutherford his first victory Wednesday with a 41-25 road win at Phillip Simmons.