Local wrestling squads hit tournament mat Saturday

The SCHSL state duel wrestling tournaments get under way Saturday, and several local teams have a chance to continue their quest for a team state title after the weekend.

In Class 5A, Carolina Forest has its best chance to reach the third round in program history. The top-seeded Panthers will host the first two rounds on Saturday, taking on No. 4-seeded Stratford in the opening round.

If they win, the Region 6-5A champions will face the winner of the Lexington-Goose Creek match for the right to advance to the Lower State semifinals. Wrestling starts at 11 a.m.

Also in Class 5A, No. 2-seeded Conway visits Ashley Ridge to face Spring Valley, and No. 3 Socastee goes to River Bluff to take on Summerville.

In Class 4A, Region 7-4A champion North Myrtle Beach also hosts the first two rounds and draws a first-round bye to set up a showdown with the winner of the Lower Richland-Darlington showdown. Wrestling starts at noon.

Also in Class 5A, No. 2-seeded Myrtle Beach travels to Chapin to battle Hilton Head for a chance to face Chapin in the final. No. 3 St. James goes to Lugoff-Elgin to meet Berkeley.

The third round is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 5.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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