Chiefs charge past Sharks, claim region wrestling title

nmbwrestle-regionchampsThe North Myrtle Beach High wrestling team made a major comeback to defeat St. James 42-36 and capture the Region 7-4A championship on Wednesday night.

The Chiefs snapped the Sharks’ streak of dominance in recent region history, but it didn’t come without some high drama. North Myrtle Beach won seven of the final nine matches to erase an early deficit and clinch the region crown.

Trailing 24-6, North Myrtle Beach got wins from Tanner Collins (138), Brennan Michael (145), and Rahsaan Vereen (NMB) to close the deficit to three points. St. James’ John Sipos (160) and NMB’s Curtis Wolfe (170) won their respective matches to make it 30-27.

The Chiefs appeared poised to take their first lead of the match when Dante Woodward (182) earned an upset. But NMB followed by winning three consecutive matches, with Marcellous Livingston (195) cutting the deficit to 36-33, and Malichi Black (220) clinching the match with a win. Heavyweight Kwame Livingston earned a forfeit to complete the comeback run.

Photo courtesy of NMBHS Athletics

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