NMB downs South Aiken, makes Lower State Finals

With the North Myrtle Beach wrestling team’s season on the ropes, the Chiefs put South Aiken’s backs to the mat Monday to advance to the Class 4A Lower State Finals.

Trailing the visiting Stallions 24-16, North Myrtle Beach recorded critical six-point pins in five of the final six matches to propel the Chiefs to a 46-27 victory.

“That’s my team. We never quit fighting,” said No. 2 individually ranked senior Curtis Wolfe, who his hard-fought match with a third-round pin that set the tone for the Chiefs and gave them their first lead of the match. “I really wasn’t that worried (when we were down). I knew the guys coming up were going to get it done.”

South Aiken built an eight-point edge after eight matches before the Chiefs went into mat-slapping mode. Rodrigo Velazquez (132) scored a second-round pin, followed by MJ Michaud (138) with a dramatic flip and pin to give the Chiefs a 28-24 advantage.

Jackie Gore (145) scored a first-round pin, and Andre Giddens (160) and Chase Simmons capped the win with third-round pins to account for the final score. The Chiefs also got decision wins from EJ Livingston (113), Marcelous Livingston (195) and Harry Locklear (285).

Perhaps making North Myrtle Beach’s trip to the Lower State Finals more impressive is the presence of first-year coach Chris Mazyck, who inherited the team after moving from the same position at Calhoun County. He has the team on the verge of returning to the state championship match for the first time since 2007.

“This is my first year so I’m not real sure of what they have done here in the past, but I know this team has come a long way to get where they are right now,” Mazyck said. “We started off slow and had to make some changes, but these guys have worked hard and gotten better all season long. They deserve to be here.”

Mazych pointed to strong senior leadership for helping the team turn the corner, singling out Wolfe for his role. “Any time you have the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the state as a leader on your team, and he sets such a great example for the others, it makes my job easier.”

Wolfe has experienced lots of individual success during his time at North Myrtle Beach, reaching the state semis in each of the last two seasons. But he says having his team share in the journey in his senior season makes it even more special.

“We were supposed to be the underdogs this year and here we are,” Wolfe said. “We won the region championship and now we’re one win away from going to the state. I just want us to go out on top.”

North Myrtle Beach plays host to Airport, which claimed a 36-34 win over Beaufort in the other semifinal. The Lower State Final is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

File Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 years

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 yearsA child steps up to the counter to purchase his [more]

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meet

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meetThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club combined boys and [more]

Rivers named honorable mention All-American

Rivers named honorable mention All-AmericanCoastal Carolina senior outfielder Kieton Rivers was recognized as a [more]

Trio of Pelicans pitchers are midseason All-Stars

Trio of Pelicans pitchers are midseason All-StarsMyrtle Beach right-handed pitchers Javier Assad, Jesus Camargo and Paul [more]

Grand Strand rec athletes find passion for pickleball

Grand Strand rec athletes find passion for pickleballNearly 100 local recreational athletes put themselves in a real [more]

CCU football loses legend with retirement of Glenn

CCU football loses legend with retirement of GlennCoastal Carolina football chief of staff and director of football [more]

Chants' season ends with stinging defeat to Jackets

Chants' season ends with stinging defeat to JacketsCoastal Carolina baseball had its season come to an end [more]

Coastal wrangles Rattlers to stay alive in Regional

Coastal wrangles Rattlers to stay alive in RegionalThe Chanticleers took an early 3-0 lead and did not [more]

MB Track & Field Club shines at Club Challenge

MB Track & Field Club shines at Club ChallengeThe Myrtle Beach Track and Field Club welcomed 22 clubs [more]

Chants battered by Tigers, drop into losers bracket

Chants battered by Tigers,  drop into losers bracketCoastal Carolina baseball saw a 2-2 tie disappear in the [more]

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine years

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine yearsNorth Myrtle Beach is looking for a new boys basketball [more]

Grand Strand dominates state golf course rankings

Grand Strand dominates state golf course rankings Golfweek has unveiled its annual list of the “Best Courses [more]

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to five

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to fiveTonka Hemingway has played enough games with opposing offensive linemen. He’s [more]

Chants headed to Atlanta, face Auburn in first round

Chants headed to Atlanta, face Auburn in first roundCoastal Carolina baseball received the No. 3 seed in the [more]

Chants dig deep, defend Sun Belt championship

Chants dig deep, defend Sun Belt championshipCoastal Carolina outscored the Georgia Southern Eagles 9-1 over the [more]

Chants take doubleheader, reach Sun Belt title game

Chants take doubleheader, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Chanticleers scored nine runs over the first three innings [more]

Seahawks let state golf title slip from their grip

Seahawks let state golf title slip from their gripSports can be both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The full range [more]

Chants use walk-off home run to stay alive in Sun Belt

Chants use walk-off home run to stay alive in Sun BeltZach Biermann's third home run of the night with two [more]

Myrtle Beach's Doty heads to nation's top QB camp

Myrtle Beach's Doty heads to nation's top QB camp Luke Doty’s Myrtle Beach legacy already includes some gaudy numbers, [more]

CCU drops Sun Belt debut; faces elimination Thursday

CCU drops Sun Belt debut; faces elimination ThursdayCoastal Carolina baseball surrendered eight runs over the last three [more]

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournament

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournamentA two hour and five minute-lightning delay nor two Appalachian [more]

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrage

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrageSimilar to the two teams' first meeting back on March [more]

Seahawks claim state title in tribute to late coach

Seahawks claim state title in tribute to late coach John Ed Cahill queued up an old voicemail from his [more]

MB Track and Field Club makes big season debut

MB Track and Field Club makes big season debut The Myrtle Beach Track and Field Club welcomed 22 clubs [more]

MB golf team flying high, riding ties to state tourney

MB golf team flying high, riding ties to state tourneyThe Myrtle Beach High boys golf team is tying its [more]

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 years

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 yearsA child steps up to the counter to purchase his [more]

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meet

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meetThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club combined boys and [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach