Local wrestling teams falter in first two rounds of states

nmbwrestle-takedownThe 2017 wrestling season came to an early end Saturday on the Grand Strand as so far no local teams have advanced beyond the first two rounds of the SCHSL State Duals.

In Class 4A action, top-seeded North Myrtle Beach advanced to the second round by defeating AC Flora 63-15 on its home mat, but the Chiefs were knocked out in the second round by Hilton Head Island, 46-23.

St. James won its first-round matchup with a 57-18 victory over Lower Richland, but then lost in the second round by an almost identical score to Cane Bay, 58-18. The top-seeded Cobras drew a first-round bye so were fresher than the Sharks in the elimination match. Myrtle Beach was knocked out in the first round by Dreher 39-24.

In Class 5A, Carolina Forest reached the second round with a 48-30 win over Spring Valley, but the Panthers were knocked out in the second round by Fort Dorchester, 43-24. Conway lost in the first round to Stratford, and Socastee was eliminated in the opening round by Lexington.

Despite local squads falling out of contention for team titles, qualifiers are still eligible to compete for individual state titles on Feb. 10.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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