Chiefs down Sharks, take charge of region title race

The North Myrtle Beach High wrestling team won nine consecutive matches to defeat region foe St. James 53-24 on Tuesday and stay on course for a Region 7-4A championship.

St. James dominated the lower weight classes, winning by forfeit at 106 and 113 and getting pins by Blake Wygant (126) and Davis Cloer (132). North Myrtle Beach’s Rodrigo Velazquez (120) got a pin as the Chiefs’ lone win in the lower weight divisions.

But North Myrtle Beach ran the table in the middle and heavier weights, including pins by Jershaw Black (160), Rahsaan Vereen (170), Curtis Wolfe (195), Malachi Black (220) and Kwame Livingston (285).

North Myrtle Beach’s Jackie Gore (138) and Stephon Wilson (182) took major decisions, Brennan Michael won by forfeit, and Tanner Collins (145) claimed a 12-9 decision over Jackson Cline in the closest match of the night.

106 Ethan Mason StJ by forfeit
113 William Goodyear StJ by forfeit
120 Rodrigo Velazquez NMB pinned Brandon Kaszovitz StJ 0:59
126 Blake Wygant StJ pinned Blake Jenkins NMB 1:30
132 Davis Cloer StJ pinned Jaylan Moses NMB 1:42
138 Jackie Gore NMB major dec Seth Schoot StJ 13-4
145 Tanner Collins NMB dec Jackson Cline StJ 12-9
152 Brennan Michael NMB by forfeit
160 Jershawn Black NMB pinned Darius Woodard StJ 1:30
170 Rahsaan Vereen NMB pinned Ayron Armstrong StJ 0:15
182 Stephon Wilson NMB major dec Cap Holley StJ 13-2
195 Curtis Wolfe NMB pinned Alejandro Cardona StJ 3:08
220 Malachi Black NMB pinned Patrick Murphy StJ 1:31
285 Kwame Livingston NMB pinned Jemale Faulkner StJ 2:37

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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