Baker, Desjardines, Miller get one last shot to shine

Three Grand Strand area seniors will get one last chance to erase some painful memories on the mat in the North-South All-Star Wrestling Classic, which gets under way Friday at North Myrtle Beach High.

Eric Baker will get another chance to wrestle on his home floor and Myrtle Beach’s Joseph Desjardines and Daniel Miller will join him on the Class 3A/2A South squad in the final meet of their high school careers.

The trio hopes to replace their final moments on the mat at last weekend’s SC state championships in Anderson, where Baker and Desjardines settled for second place in title matches that went into overtime.

Baker and Michael Fernandez of Eastside were tied at 7-all after six minutes of mat time and had to go to the extra period before Fernandez claimed an 8-7 victory in the 182-pound weight division final.

Desjardines and Chris Bloch of Dreher High also were level at 2-all after three round and needed overtime to settle the score, which ended with Bloch taking a 4-2 decision in the final of the 152-pound class.

Miller, who wound up finishing fifth in the 145-pound division, ran into his close call in the semifinals with a 5-2 loss to eventual state champion Bill Sexton of West Oak.

The trio will lead the Class 3A/2A South all-stars against the 4A/1A North Team while the 3A/2A North Team will wrestle against the 4A/1A South Team on Friday at 6 p.m.

The losers of each dual will then wrestle for third place and the winners of each dual will wrestle for first place at noon on Saturday.

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