Lexington, Lugoff-Elgin, White Knoll and Chapin survived early testing in the state wrestling playoffs and have quarterfinal round matches on Monday.
In Class 4A, Lexington and White Knoll will be at home, while L-E has a challenging road test at Rock Hill. Chapin has a home date in the Class 3A bracket.
No. 1 Lexington takes on second-ranked Fort Dorchester at 7 p.m. in the spotlight match in the Lower State bracket. The Wildcats (28-2) advantaged to the third round for the seventh season in a row and for the ninth time in 10 tries since 2003 by downing Irmo (50-24) and Goose Creek (44-31) on Saturday. The Patriots from North Charleston stand at 16-3 and are coached by former Irmo and Dutch Fork mentor B.D. LaPrad. Lexington coach Derek Strobel won an individual state championship himself at Irmo under LaPrad’s guidance.
Fifth-ranked Lugoff-Elgin squares off against Rock Hill in the third round in the Upper State for the second straight year. The Demons (21-6) eliminated the vaunted Bearcats in their first season at the 4A level before falling in the US final to eventual champion Hillcrest. L-E advanced thanks to wins over Spartanburg (52-20) and Dorman (50-24) at home on Saturday.
No. 4 White Knoll (22-5) and ninth-ranked Summerville stayed alive by beating region champions at two different mini-tournaments. WK finished second in Region 5 behind Lexington, while the Green Wave was second to Fort Dorchester in Region 8. The Timberwolves advanced to the third round of the postseason for the fourth time in program history thanks to wins over Beaufort (49-17) and Region 7 winner Stratford (38-26) on Saturday. White Knoll is looking to move on to the fourth round for the first time with a triumph tonight. The match starts at 6 p.m.
Chapin (35-7) has been idle since breezing past Cane Bay (57-16) in a 3A first-round match On Feb. 1. The third-ranked, Region 5 champion Eagles host Socastee (16-7) tonight at 6 p.m. The visiting Braves dispatched Hartsville in the first round.
John Morris (145), Cody Brundage (182) and Ryan Moore (195) scored decisions for the Eagles, while George Dreher (113), Chandler Owens (126), Forest Touchberry (138), Chase Owens (152), Scott Swindell (160), Devin Lawrence (170), Brandon Owens (220) and Adam Taylor (285) all delivered pins.