Socastee sends seven to states; St. James gets six

socwrest-sjThe Socastee High wrestling team fell one win shy of a team state championship on Wednesday, but half of the Braves’ starting lineup  will get a chance at an individual state title next weekend.

Seven Socastee wrestlers qualified for the Class 3A state championships by placing in the top four of their respective weight classes at Saturday’s Lower State qualifier at St. James High.

Defending state champion Justin Knipper (120), John Leggett (152) and Joe Smolenski (195) took first place in their weight division to earn top seeds at the state meet. Jordan Hodge (132) and Zach Mor (182) placed second and Logan Gammon (126) and Kyle Burton (220) took third.

Host St. James send six wrestlers to state, including Lower State champs Steven Deible (160) and Logan Richards (220). Jacob Siefert (138) and Zach Sanders (170) placed third and Alex Nielson (132) and Barrett Coker were fourth.

North Myrtle Beach sends five wrestlers to the state, including three champions – Christian Copollo (106), Alex Lewis (145) and Raesean Diggs (285). Logan Stump finished third for the Chiefs and Jaqua Evans (160) was fourth.

Myrtle Beach had two wrestlers qualify for state – runner-up Cameron Amann (126) and fourth-place Amir Okuada (285).

In Class 4A, Josh Carranza (285) of Carolina Forest is the lone local representative.

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