Sharks make stand at first Horry-Georgetown tourney

sjwrest-hcmeetThe St. James High wrestling program isn’t ready to fade from powerhouse status just yet.

The Sharks won Saturday’s Horry-Georgetown Wrestling Championships on their home floor, knocking off region rivals No. 3-ranked Socastee and No. 20 North Myrtle Beach to win the inaugural tournament.

St. James, which saw its streak of four straight region titles snapped by Socastee last season, served notice that although the young Sharks are rebuilding, they are not done competing for region crowns.

St. James (188 points) edged the runner-up Braves (176) and Chiefs (150) by winning four weight classes – Jacob Siefert (138), Steven Deible (160), Zach Sanders (170) and Logan Richards (220).

Socastee, which is undefeated in region action and favored to repeat, saw Justin Knipper (113), Dylan Martin (120), Zach Mor (182) and Joe Smolenski (195).

North Myrtle Beach got first-place finishes from Christian Coppola (106) and Alex Lewis (145).

Myrtle Beach failed to make the podium but 132-pounder Camron Amman won his 100th career match earlier in the day en route to the title.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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