White Knoll and Chapin joined Lexington in the winner’s circle on Monday in the state wrestling playoffs.
White Knoll (23-5) made history on Monday night, downing Summerville 59-21 in the third round of the Class 4A state wrestling playoffs to advance to Wednesday’s Lower State championship match at Lexington.
It marks the first time the Timberwolves have ever advanced past the third round of the postseason.
Things were good from the outset. White Knoll won the first five bouts of the match – four by fall - starting at 195 pounds to build a commanding 27-0 lead.
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DJ Taylor (195), James Moore (220), Asa Gossett (285), Emil Colin (113) and Jamal Lackey (160) had pins for the T-Wolves, while Austin Palmer (106), Kevin Epting (132), Austin Lee (138) and Ben Greutman (145) scored on decisions.
Chapin (36-7) advanced to the Class 3A semifinals with a 52-9 win over visiting Socastee. The third-ranked Eagles host No. 1 St. James for the right to represent the Lower State in the state championship match on Saturday at Dreher. Chapin is the defending LS champ.
Austin Reid (113) and Chad Swindell (145) had three-point decisions for the Eagles, Chase Owens (152) and Scott Swindell (160) contributed four-point major decisions and Forest Touchberry (138) had a technical fall. Chandler Owens (126), Eric Bidinger (132, Devin Lawrence (170), Cody Brundage, Ryan Moore (195) and Brandon Owens (220) all had six-point wins. Bidinger’s win was via forfeit, the rest by fall.
St. James brings a perfect 23-0 dual match record into the semifinal showdown.
Lugoff-Elgin was felled in the third round by Rock Hill, 37-36. The key outcome was at 220 pounds where Rock Hill’s Jonathan Schavey upset Allen Jenerette, the second-ranked wrestler in the weight class according to scmat.com. Schavey moved up in weight on a hunch by Bearcats coach Cain Beard. The gamble paid off with a 3-1 win by Schavey in his first-ever outing at 220. Instead of L-E picking up between three and six points on a Jenerette success, Rock Hill pulled within 22-21 and put it away with three straight wins – two pins and a decision. The Bearcats locked it up with a 9-8 win at 113, and forfeited the final two bouts to L-E.
The Demons received pins by Khalil Cooke (138), Harrison Kruger (152) and Zach Connell (195) and an overtime decision by Wade Branham (182), but those were the only head-to-head Demon wins.
Lugoff-Elgin finished with a 21-7 dual match record.