Airport moved on to the second round of the Class 3A state wrestling playoffs by dispatching Region 4-3A rival Dreher 48-27 on Wednesday.
The Eagles (15-4) host fifth-ranked Battery Creek (23-7) in a Lower State semifinal match on Monday. The Dolphins scored a 47-15 win at Lake City in first-round action. Brandon Turner (103), Devin Hurt (112), Josh Stevenson (152), San McClellan (189) and Chris Phillips (215) paced the Airport performance with pins. Adam Welch won by decision at 119. Antoine Kelly and Matt Ulmery picked up forfeit wins.
The Region 5-3A champion Eagles tuned up for the state playoffs by dominating the region tournament last week. Jamie Sires (130), Ulmer (140), Stevenson, McClellan and Phillips emerged with individual titles. Turner, Hurt, Kelly and Clayton Goette (171) were region runner-ups.