Strand sends six to state individual wrestling finals

The Grand Strand area sent six wrestlers to the finals of the SCHSL Individual Wrestling Championship on Saturday at the Anderson Civic Center but came away as state runners-up.

Class 4A Lower State runner-up North Myrtle Beach saw three wrestlers capture second place. After placing third the last two seasons, senior Curtis Wolfe (220) finally got his shot in the finals but suffered a third-round fall to Gary Holmes of Travelers Rest.

Jackie Gore (145) took second place, losing by pin to Garrett Kloth of Pickens, and Chase Simmons (170) finished second after falling to Zeiran Riley of Travelers Rest via a third-round pin.

Malichi Black (285) took third place with a second-round fall of Immanuel Bush of Lancaster for the Chiefs. Teammate Marcelous Livingston (195) earned Class 4A all-state honors, along with Myrtle Beach’s Navruz Ibragimov (182).

Carolina Forest sent four wrestlers to the Class 5A state tournament, led by Isaiah Poppe (106) finishing third with a 6-4 decision over Carter Anderson of Greenwood. Noah Sritan (152) finished fourth for the Panthers, and teammates Matt Ashworth (120) and Nazir Wynn (113) earned Class 5A all-state distinction.

Conway’s Christopher Handl (170) finished second via an 11-3 major decision to Hillcrest’s Walker Stephenson. Socastee’s Tyler Ward (113) finished second in a 7-2 decision to Chris Compton of Byrnes, and teammate Javin Hackett (195) earned all-state honors.

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