Baker, Desjardins’ wins not enough in North-South final

Myrtle Beach’s Joseph Desjardins and North Myrtle Beach’s Eric Baker scored big wins for the South 3A/2A team on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to beat the South 4A/1A squad in the finals of the North-South All-Star Wrestling Classic.

South 4A/1A earned a hard-fought 46-41 see-saw battle between state champions of all weight classes. After Myrtle Beach’s Daniel Miller lost a majority decision to Lexington’s Walker Barfield at 145, the match was tied at 28-all.

But Baker, in what may have been the match of the day, battled to a 7-5 decision over Arthur Freeman of St. John’s in overtime to put his team back on top. South 4A/1A went on to win four of the next five matches for a 43-37 lead.

But Desjardins scored a major decision over Austin Ziliak of Fort Dorchester to cut the deficit to 43-41. In the final and deciding match, Austin Farmer of Bluffton claimed a 5-4 decision over Chris Bloch of Dreher to preserve the victory.

In the third-place match, the North 4A/1A squad took a 49-22 victory over the North 3A/2A team. Both South squads defeated both North squads in the opening round on Friday.

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