NMB pins Aynor, gets ready to host weekend tournament

The North Myrtle Beach wrestling team won the top five weight classes, all by virtue of pins, to defeat host Aynor 48-34 on Tuesday.

North Myrtle Beach’s Taquan Long (170) pinned Aynor’s Cole Capps, Mikhail Vlahos (182) pinned Louis Taylor. Hampton Harmon (195) pinned Justin Robare, all coming in the third round, and the Chiefs’ Gabriel Pruitt (220) pinned Lee Crowe and Jonathan Bracey (285) pinned Wyatt McCracken in the second round to defeat the Blue Jackets.

The Chiefs (3-3) also got wins via pins from their lower-weight with Brandon Doughty (106) pinning Hunter Johnson in the first round, and Ronnie Johnson (138) pinning Andrew Scruggs and Jared Woody (145) pinning Mason Gates in the second.

But the Blue Jackets got pins from Skyler Roberts (113), Jordan Johnson (126), Zac Stacey (152), a decision by Ethan Nobles (130) and a pair of forfeits in the 132 and 160-pound divisions to take the lead before the Chiefs’ big boys took the mat.

“The Chiefs shined tonight,” said North Myrtle Beach coach Andrew Baeli. “This was a great way to go into the North Myrtle Beach Classic Tournament this weekend.”

The Chiefs will host 20 other teams from three different states for the two-day tournament, with matches starting at 6 p.m. Friday and wrapping up around 11 p.m. The prelims continue at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the championship round set to begin at about 6 p.m.

Participating teams include Ben Lippen, Loris, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Aynor, Ashley Ridge, Carolina Forest, South Brunswick, Chapin, White Knoll, St. James, North Myrtle Beach, Wando, Southern Durham (N.C.), Summerville, Hanahan, Lake City, Dreher, Marion (S.C.), Marion Senior (Va.) and Berkeley.

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