Five Sharks, one Brave in finals of state tournament

All five St. James wrestlers who won their first-round matches on Friday went on to win their semifinal matches Saturday and advance to the finals of their respective Class AAA individual state championships.

St. James’ Jaime Bolduc (132), John Van Slooten (145), Derek Rothermel (152), Gregg Johnsen (170) and Austin Brown won their semifinal matches. Socastee’s Kyle Burton (285) is the only other Grand Strand wrestler in the finals.

St. James also had two wrestler rebound from first-round losses to reach the third-place match. Mason Elliott (126) and Codi Rothermel (138) won their early Saturday matches to earn a crack at coming home with bronze.

So did Myrtle Beach Jonathan Iseman (113), Daniel Miller (145) and Joseph Desjardines (152) and Socastee’s Justin Knipper (106), who will go for third-place tonight. North Myrtle Beach’s Hampton Harmon (182), who won his first-round match, lost on Saturday but still has a shot at bronze.

Listed below are all matches involving Grand Strand wrestlers early Saturday:

106
Justin Knipper(Socastee)    DEC    David Waddell(Hilton Head)    8-5
113
Jonathan Iseman(Myrtle Beach)    FALL    Dylan Martin(Socastee)        Fall 3:13
120
Label Lewis(Hilton Head)    FALL    John Delbianco(St. James)    Fall 2:36
Kyle Lowe(Belton-Honea Path)    FALL    Steven Small(NMB)        Fall 1:36
126
Mason Elliott(St. James)    FALL    Chris Ordonez(Hilton Head)    Fall 4:53
Cody Bonham(Lexington)        DEC    Colin Fink(Carolina Forest)    7-2
132
Jaime Bolduc(St. James)        DEC    Danny Kimball(Greer)        3-1
138
Codi Rothermel(St. James)    TF    Michael Meyerink(Bluffton)    TF 16-0
Coleman Gary(Belton-Honea Path)    FALL    Tanner Fellenz(NMB)        Fall 0:25
145
John Van Slooten(St. James)    DEC    Marcus Sheppard(York)        6-5; TB2
Daniel Miller(Myrtle Beach)    TF    Chris Welborn(West Oak)        TF 18-3
Will Thomas(Dorman)        FALL    Greg Groce(Conway)        Fall 3:12
152
Derek Rothermel(St. James)    DEC    Manako Peay(Nation Ford)    9-2
Joseph Desjardins(Myrtle Beach)    MAJOR    Patrick James(West Oak)        11-1
160
Rainey Moore(York)        DEC    Tevin Cheatham(Myrtle Beach)    8-6
170
Gregg Johnsen(St. James)    DEC    Zach Farmer(Belton-Honea Path)    6-5
Michael Mockridge(Fort Mill)    FALL    Miguel Mejia(Myrtle Beach)    Fall 5:42
182
Cody Brundage(Chapin)    FALL    Hampton Harmon(North Myrtle Beach)    Fall 1:21
220
Austin Brown(St. James)    DEC    Kyle Burton(Socastee)            7-4
285
Craig Burton(Socastee)    DEC    Devan White(Walhalla)            3-2; UTB

Friday’s results

Nine Grand Strand wrestlers, including five from St. James, won their matches Friday to advance to the second round of the S.C. State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Anderson.

In Class AAA, St. James’ Jaime Bolduc (120) took a 12-3 decision from Greenville’s William Cody Ferguson, John Van Slooten (145) claimed a 2-1 decision over West Oak’s Chris Welborn, Derek Rothermel (152) claimed a 7-2 decision over West Oak’s Patrick James, Gregg Johnsen (170) captured a 16-7 win over Fort Mill’s Michael Mockridge, and Austin Brown (220) got a 9-3 decision over Travelers Rest’s Justin Paden.

Socastee’s Kyle Burton (220) captured a 7-4 decision over Nation Ford’s Josh Driscoll and elder brother Craig Burton (285) pinned Fort Mill’s Zach Dulcie in 1 minute flat to stay alive. Teammates Justin Knipper (106) lost an 11-3 decision in the first round to Eastside’s David Walker and Dylan Martin (113) was pinned by Blue Ridge’s Jordan Ludd at the 3:35 mark.

North Myrtle Beach’s Hampton Harmon (182) took a 6-3 decision from Eastside’s Chris Scott to reach the final four. Steven Small (120) lost a 9-2 decision to Fort Mill’s Seth Frase and Tanner Fallenz (138) was pinned by York’s Lealon Comer in 5:30.

Myrtle Beach sent a school record five wrestlers to the state tourney but went 0-for-5 in the first round. Jonathan Iseman (113) was pinned by Fort Mill’s Tyler Turner in 3 minutes flat, and Daniel Miller (145) lost a 9-7 decision to York’s Marcus Shepherd, Joseph Desjardines (152) suffered an 8-7 loss to Nation Ford’ Manako Peay, Tevin Cheatham lost 9-2 to Nation Ford’ Markevis Duncan, and Miguel Majia lost a 7-6 heartbreaker to Belton-HP’s Zach Farmer.

St. James’ John Delbianco (130) was pinned by Eastside’s Cole Anderson at the 5:09 mark. The Sharks also suffered upsets in the 126-pound class when top-seeded Mason Elliott fell in a 2-0 decision to No. 4 seed Mike Miller of South Pointe, and in the 138-pound division when top-seeded Codi Rothermel was pinned by No. 4 Brett Smith of Pickens.

The Grand Strand’s Class AAAA entrants split their first-round matches. Conway’s Greg Groce (145) drew a bye into the second round while Carolina Forest’s Colin Fink (126) lost an 11-2 decision to Chris Armstrong-McIntyre of Spartanburg.

The state tourney continues today with champions declared at each weight class Saturday night.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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