Local wrestlers gear up for team, individual tourneys

The Braves have a couple of top contenders to capture region crowns and advance to the individual state meet after the conclusion of the team tournament.

Mikel Nelson (120) and Kyle Burton (220) are the No. 1 ranked wrestlers in the state at their respective weight classes, and Justin Knipper (106) is ranked second in SC.

Second-place Myrtle Beach also brings a pair of top-ranked wrestlers to the tourney in Daniel Miller (152) and Joseph Desjardines (160).

Third-place North Myrtle Beach No. 2 Hampton Harmon (170) and No. 4s Steven Small (120) and Eric Baker (182).

All classes also learned their first-round opponents in the first round of the Lower State Duals, which get under way Saturday. Socastee and Conway, which won Region 6-4A, get first-round byes for winning their respective regions.

Myrtle Beach will face Darlington in the first round at Hanahan, North Myrtle Beach will travel to Swansea to take on Marlboro County and fourth-seeded St. James will travel to Hartsville. In Class 4A, region runner-up Carolina Forest will face White Knoll at Wando.

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