Sharks take it on the chin at Chapin in Lower State Final

The No. 1-ranked St. James wrestling squad’s quest for the Class AAA state championship came to a disappointing end Wednesday in the same round and to the same team as last year’s near-miss.

After falling to Chapin at home in last year’s Lower State Final, the Sharks took a 3 1/2-hour trip to the Eagles’ home gym on Wednesday only to suffer the same fate.

But this time it was by the narrowest of margins. Chapin defeated St. James 33-32 in the hard-fought Lower State Final to advance to the state championship round.

Individual results were not immediately available but it was the first loss of the season for the Sharks in a dual match. They finish the season 23-1.

The Sharks still have several opportunities for individual state titles, like reigning state champion and top-ranked John Van Slooten in the 152-pound division.

St. James has nine starters carrying top seeds into the Feb. 18 Class AAA Lower State individual meet at North Myrtle Beach High and 14 qualifiers overall.

Photo by Rancier Photography

 

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