Eight Sharks lead 22 Strand wrestlers into state tourney

The St. James wrestling team fell short of its goal to win the Class AAA team state championship.

Now eight Sharks will try to get the next best thing – an individual state title in their respective weight classes.

St. James is sending four No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds into this weekend’s state tournament in Anderson, including defending state champion John Van Slooten in the 145-pound division.

The sophomore joins three top-seeded seniors in consecutive weight classes to form St. James “Murder’s Row” – senior Jaime Bolduc (132), Codi Rothermel (138) and Derek Rothermel (152).

Second-seeded Mason Elliott (126) and Austin Brown (220) also have legitimate chances to bring home the hardware and seventh-seeded John DelBianco (120) looks to upset some higher seeds.

Also from Region VIII-AAA, Myrtle Beach is sending five wrestlers to the state tournament, Socastee had four qualifiers and three North Myrtle Beach grapplers are going to Anderson.

The Seahawks are sending No. 4 seeds Daniel Miller (145) and Joseph Desjardins (152), No. 7 seeds Jonathan Iseman (113) and Tevin Cheatham (160) and No. 8 seed Miguel Mejia.

Socastee boats a No. 2 seed in the 285-pound division in senior Craig Burton, who is seeking to finish his career with a state title. Younger brother Kyle Burton (220) and Justin Knipper (106) are No. 7 seeds and Dylan Martin (113) is a No. 5 seed.

North Myrtle Beach’s Steven Small (120) is a No. 6 seed, Hampton Harmon (182) is a No. 7 and Tanner Fallenz (138) is a No. 8 seed.

Carolina Forest and Conway are sending one representative apiece to the Class AAAA finals, also in the Anderson Civic Center. Carolina Forest’s Colin Fink (126) is a No. 8 seed and Conway’s Greg Groce (145) is a No. 4 seed.

A full list of local wrestlers competing in the Class AAA/AAAA tournaments:

106
7. Justin Knipper – Socastee (Fr.)
113 lbs.
5. Dylan Martin – Socastee (Fr.)
7. Jonathan Iseman – Myrtle Beach (Jr.)
120
6. Steven Small – North Myrtle Beach (Jr.)
7. John DelBianco – St. James (Sr.)
126 lbs.
2. Mason Elliott – St. James (Sr.)

8. Colin Fink – Carolina Forest (Soph.) * 4A

132
1. Jaime Bolduc – St. James (Sr.)
138
1. Codi Rothermel – St. James (Sr.)
8. Tanner Fellenz – North Myrtle Beach (Sr.)
145
1. John Van Slooten – St. James (Soph.)
4. Daniel Miller – Myrtle Beach (Jr.)

8. Greg Groce – Conway )Soph.) * 4A

152
1. Derek Rothermel – St. James (Sr.)
4. Joseph Desjardins – Myrtle Beach (Jr.)
160
7. Tevin Cheatham – Myrtle Beach (Sr.)
170 lbs.
3. Gregg Johnsen – St. James (Sr.)
8. Miguel Mejia – Myrtle Beach (Sr.)
182
7. Hampton Harmon – North Myrtle Beach (Jr.)
220
2. Austin Brown – St. James (Sr.)
7. Kyle Burton – Socastee (Fr.)
285
2. Craig Burton – Socastee (Sr.)

Photo by Rancier Photography

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2 responses to “Eight Sharks lead 22 Strand wrestlers into state tourney”

  1. jennifer harmon says:

    A note about this article about the 22 wrestlers going to the state tournament, I think there is some confusion with the independent rankings done by scmat.com and the actual seeding process. The rankings are done by an independently by scmat.com. Scmat.com is not affiliated with the state tournament to my knowledge, although the rankings are usually somewhat reliable as to the abilities of high school wrestlers based upon the information received from coaches. There are four upper state seeds and four lower state seeds. I was not aware of 5, 6, 7 and 8 seeds, even though the individual rankings (that are produced independently) do have such numbers. Review the bracket information posted on scmat.com for actual seeding, which is upper and lower 1, 2, 3, and 4. Thank you for all you do to cover high school and other sports in the area, we always follow your articles.

  2. Editor says:

    H Jennifer,

    Yes, I noticed the rankings were done differently but I thought they were more reliable and clearer than the 1L vs. 4U, etc. Glad to see Hampton got past the first round and hopefully farther today. Thanks for keeping us on our toes.

    Terry

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