Cardinal Newman is favored to claim its fourth straight SCISA championship on Saturday.
The top-ranked Cardinals enter the dual match playoff event at home with a 21-11 record. The individual CN leaders include Billy Solomon (23-7), Nick Palevich (27-6), Jake Wilson (21-5) and Cole McCarter (21-10).
Action begins at 10 a.m. with two first-round matches – Orangeburg Prep vs. Heathwood Hall and Ben Lippen vs. Augusta Christian. Top seeds Cardinal Newman and Hammond swing into action in the second round at 11 a.m.
The third-place consolation final is set for 12:30 p.m. with the state title bout scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.
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Cardinal Newman and Hammond have met in the championship match for seven years in a row. Hammond won the first four SCISA championship with Cardinal Newman prevailing in each of the past three season.