Baker, Desjardins help rally South 3A/2A to title match

A pair of local wrestlers helped the South 3A/2A squad rally to 47-36 victory over the North 4A/1A all-stars in Friday’s first round of the North-South Wrestling Classic at North Myrtle Beach High.

After Myrtle Beach’s Daniel Miller lost a 7-1 decision to Nick Leitten of Fort Mill in the 145-pound division, the North held a double-digit lead over the South, 27.17.

But Seahawks teammate Joseph Desjardins pinned Robert Mills of Rock Hill in the 152-pound class and North Myrtle Beach’s Eric Baker took a 4-3 decision over Rainey Moore of York to help the South capture the lead.

Baker’s successful defense of his home turf was followed by the match of the night that capped the team victory. Malcom Nazon of Bishop England defeated Zach Lake of Eastside 5-3 in triple-overtime.

The South 3A/2A team advances to Saturday’s finals against South 4A/1A, which scored a 54-27 victory over North 3A/2A on Friday. The action gets under way at noon with the consolation match followed by the finals.

Photo by Digital Magic Photo

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