St. James’ Bolduc, Brown, Van Slooten win state titles

Three St. James wrestlers captured Class AAA individual state championship Saturday night in Anderson, including defending state champion John Van Slooten.

The sophomore won his second straight state title by defeating Fort Mill’s Nick Leitten 4-2. He capped an undefeated season at 47-0 and he is halfway to completing the rare feat of four consecutive state championships.

Winning their first crowns were Jaime Bolduc (132) and Austin Brown (220). Bolduc defeated Eastside’s Jacob Simmons 5-3 in the finals while Brown took a 6-1 decision over Wade Hampton’s Joseph Holland in the championship round.

St. James’ Gregg Johnsen fell heartbreakingly short of wining the state title in the 170-pound class, falling 6-4 in overtime to Devin Lawrence of Chapin. Teammate Derek Rothermel (152) also settled for second place after falling in 43 seconds to Dominick Davis of Chester in the finals.

Socastee’s Craig Burton settled for second place in the 285-pound division after dropping a 3-0 decision to Battery Creek’s David Ratliff. Younger brother Kyle Burton claimed fourth place in the 220-pound division, losing a narrow 1-0 decision to Chapin’s Brandon Owens in the consolation bracket.

Myrtle Beach’s Joseph Desjardines (152) battled back from an opening-round loss to take fourth place. After defeating Chase of Owens of Chapin 6-4 to reach the consolation finals, he lost to Manako Peay of Nation Ford 4-0.

Conway’s Greg Groce finished third in the Class AAAA’s 145-pound division.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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