No. 10 Socastee knocks off No. 8 NMB in region thriller

A heated wrestling contest came down to which team could keep its cool in Thursday night’s key region showdown between Socastee and host North Myrtle Beach.

The Braves came out ahead on a 36-33 scorecard that saw both sides docked points due to penalties. The Chiefs lost three points via a disqualification, but Socastee also lost a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

But those negatives didn’t overshadow a highly competitive match between two top 10 teams in Class 3A. The score was close throughout until No. 10 Socastee dominated the lower weight classes, sweeping 106 (Justin Knipper by pin), 113 (Jordan Hodge by major decision), 120 (Mikel Nelson by pin) and 126 (Logan Gammon by decision) to take a commanding lead.

No. 8 North Myrtle Beach needed to earn pins in each of the final three matches, and the Chiefs got two of them Alex Smith (132) and Jared Woody (145). But the match of the night at 138 turned out to be a loss for the Braves that also secured the victory. Socastee’s Tanner Loos suffered a 9-7 overtime loss to Brandon Moore but his ability to go the distance and beyond prevented the Chiefs from evening the score.

Socastee opened the match with wins at 152 (John Leggett by pin) and 160 (Tommy Lazaroff by disqualification), but the Chiefs answered with four straight wins at 170 (Hampton Harmon by pin), 182 (Eric Baker by pin), 195 (Mikhail Vlahos by decision) and 220 (Harrison Smith by pin). But heavyweight Kyle Burton’s win by pin started a stretch of five consecutive victories by the Braves to put it away.

Photo by Tyler Watkins

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2 responses to “No. 10 Socastee knocks off No. 8 NMB in region thriller”

  1. Jill Lazaroff says:

    It was a tough match by both teams but by just saying “disqualification” sounds so vague call it what it is. The NMB Wrestler as he was being pinned in a tight cradle started to punch than gauge at the Socastee wrestlers face and eyes cutting both sides of his face trying to get free. I thought it a good idea to clarify so the reader understands it wasn’t a minor thing.

  2. Jon Jones says:

    I agree it was a disgusting display of sportsmanship!

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