Panthers, Tigers, Braves finish 1-2-3 at region meet

The Carolina Forest wrestling team captured its third consecutive Region 6-5A championship on Saturday at Socastee, giving the Panthers home mat advantage for the first two round of the state playoffs.

Led by seniors at half of the 14 weight classes, Carolina Forest dominated its way to the three-peat. But first-year head coach Forrest Blake credits a strong showing by his lower-tier wrestlers for more than holding their own and helping the team protect precious points.

“My top guys did what I expected them to do today; they took care of business,” Blake said. “But what was real encouraging is that some of our other guys stepped up and wrestled way better than they have before. They got beat, but they didn’t give up extra points and gave up a decision instead of a pin. If you are going to win a dual team championship, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

Conway captured second place, while Socastee finished third. Sumter settled for the fourth and final postseason berth. All teams will find out their opponents when the brackets are set later this week.

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