Local grapplers hit the mat for state wrestling tourney

wrestlepreAll six Grand Strand wrestling squads will begin their quests for team championships Saturday in the opening two rounds of the SCHSL State Duals.

In Class 5A, top-seedeed and 17th-ranked Carolina Forest will host the first two rounds. The Panthers face fifth-seeded Spring Valley, then the winner of the White Knoll-Fort Dorchester matchup if they advance.

Socastee takes on fellow No. 3 seed Lexington at Ashley Ridge. Fourth-seeded Conway travels to River Bluff to battle third-seeded Stratford in the first round.

In Class 4A, top-seeded and 10th-ranked North Myrtle Beach hosts the first two rounds, meeting fourth-seeded AC Flora in the opener. If the Chiefs advance, they will tangle with the winner between second-seeded Hilton Head and third-seeded Darlington.

Second-seeded and 11th-rabked St. James takes on third-seeded Lower Richland for the right to battle top-seeded host Cane Bay. Third-seeded and 17th-ranked Myrtle Beach faces second-seeded Dreher at Lugoff-Elgin.

Individual rankings were also released earlier this week. In Class 5A, Carolina Forest’s John Winzenried is ranked No. 2 in the 152 weight class. Teammate P.J. Wunderlich is eighth in the 113-pound class.

In Class 4A, North Myrtle Beach tops the list with five wrestlers ranked in the top eight – 4, Curtis Wolfe (170); 4, Rahsaan Vereen (152); 5, Brennan Michael (145); 6, Marcelous Livingston (195); and 7, Kwame Livingston (285).

Myrtle Beach has three ranked wrestlers – 2, Stephen Desjardins (182); 3, Pedro Reyes (220); 8, Jacob Cisco (285). St. James’ Brandon Ellis (152) is ranked sixth in his weight class.

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