Knipper wins 4A state title; Diggs, MeWhorter second

socwrestle-knipperstateNew class, same result for Socastee High senior wrestler Justin Knipper, who captured a 4-3 decision over Gaffney’s Zack Clary to claim the Class 4A state championship at the 120-pound class Saturday at the SCHSL State Wrestling Tournament in Anderson.

Knipper (40-4), who won the state title at 106 pounds in his sophomore season in Class 3A, capped a strong finish to his high school career by claiming state titles at two different classes and weight divisions.

Knipper was actually ranked second in the state behind the previously undefeated Clary (46-1) but won the head-to-head showdown for all the marbles. Socastee senior teammate Zach Mor (182) finished fourth.

North Myrtle Beach’s Raesean Diggs lost more than 65 pounds to get down to the 220 division this season and the move almost paid off in a state title. Diggs (38-3) lost a 12-9 decision to Chester’s Temaris Dixon in the Class 3A title match at 220.

St. James’ Michael Mewhorter advanced to the Class 3A final of the 145-pound division as the top seed from the Lower State to meet the No. 1 seed from the Upper State, West Oak’s Jonathan McIntyre.

MeWhorter finished one point shy of a state title as McIntyre battled to a 4-3 decision. Teammates Chase Smith (113) and Logan Richards (195) finished fourth.

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