Braves pin five region titles; MB, NMB take three each

Socastee proved its team region title was no fluke Wednesday by also dominating the Region 7-3A individual tournament at the Brave Wave.

Socastee captured five region titles, including four of the five lower weight classes, as the Braves backed up their regular-season title.

Justin Knipper (106) and Jordan Hodge (113) won their division by pins, Mikel Nelson (120) and Cameron Amann (132) did the same by forfeit, and Tommy Lazaroff (160) earned a decision in the championship matches.

Region runner-up Myrtle Beach and third-place finisher North Myrtle Beach scored three titles apiece. Daniel Miller (145) and Joseph Desjardins (152) won by pins and Amir Oukada (285) won by decision for the Seahawks, while Tyler Stump (126) won by forfeit and Eric Baker (182) and Mikhail Vlahos (195) took decisions for the Chiefs.

St. James, which had its streak of four straight region titles snapped with a fourth-place showing this season, had only one champion – De’eante Salaam (170), who claimed the title by forfeit. Georgetown took the remaining two titles – Dustin Pack (138) and Jalil Smith (220).

The top four finishers from each weight class will advance to the Lower State tournament next month. The team Lower State Duals get under way in all four classes on Saturday, with Socastee and Region 7-3A champion Conway earning first-round byes.

Myrtle Beach will face Darlington in the first round at Hanahan, North Myrtle Beach will travel to Swansea to take on Marlboro County and fourth-seeded St. James will travel to Hartsville. In Class 4A, region runner-up Carolina Forest will face White Knoll at Wando.

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