Socastee stops St. James for region wrestling repeat

socwrestle-hodgeThe Socastee High wrestling team wrapped up the Region 7-3A regular-season championship on Tuesday with a 39-28 victory over visiting St. James.

The Braves (19-1) got key pins from Dylan Martin (120), Jordan Hodge (132), John Leggett (152), Zach Mor (182) and Joe Smolenski (195). Teammates Justin Knipper (126) won his match by technical fall and Kyle Burton (220) earned a major decision to put the Braves over the top.

St. James made a strong showing behind the first-round pins of Steven Deible (160) and John Foster (285), but the rest of their wins came via decision. MacKenzie Tecco (106), Chase Smith (113), Jacob Siefert (138), Michael McWhorter (145) and James Sanders (170) won their matches for the Sharks.

The win gives Socastee back-to-back region titles and gives the Braves a top seed in the Lower State Tournament. The Sharks earn the No. 2 seed and will serve as hosts of the tourney.

SOCASTEE 39, ST. JAMES 28
(106 lbs.) Mackenzie Tecco of St James beat Eugene Utley of Socastee 9-3 (Decision).
(113 lbs.) Chase Smith of St James beat Quin Gammon of Socastee 6-5 (Decision).
(120 lbs.) Dylan Martin of Socastee pinned Larry Miller of St James in 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
(126 lbs.) Justin Knipper of Socastee beat Jason Wiggins of St James 21-6 (Technical Fall).
(132 lbs.) Jordan Hodge of Socastee pinned Randall Nielsen of St James in 5 minutes and 57 seconds.
(138 lbs.) Jacob Seifert of St James beat Koy Mai of Socastee 13-2 (Major Decision).
(145 lbs.) Michael McWhorter of St James beat Sam McKinney of Socastee 3-1 (Decision).
(152 lbs.) John Leggett of Socastee pinned Alex Mauricio of St James in 1 minute and 18 seconds.
(160 lbs.) Steven Deible of St James pinned Andrew Badoo of Socastee in 1 minute and 20 seconds.
(170 lbs.) James Sanders of St James beat Aydin Imani of Socastee 6-1 (Decision).
(182 lbs.) Zach Mor of Socastee pinned Bradley Mewharter of St James in 3 minutes and 54 seconds.
(195 lbs.) Joe Smolenski of Socastee pinned Barrett Coker of St James in 4 minutes and 35 seconds.
(220 lbs.) Kyle Burton of Socastee beat Logan Richards of St James 11-0 (Major Decision).
(285 lbs.) John Foster of St James pinned Kevin Taylor of Socastee in 45 seconds.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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