The Rock Hill Bearcats defeated the Lancaster Bruins and the South Pointe Stallions in a four-way wrestling match Thursday night at Rock Hill.
The top-ranked Bearcats won eight matches by pin and defeated Lancaster 72-3. They followed with a 50-15 decision over South Pointe.
In the opener, Emilio Navarez, who lost almost 100 pounds to get to his current weight classification, dropped his match in the 195-pound division to Quishon Evans of Lancaster.
Evans took a 4-0 lead before Navarez scored to make it 4-1. Evans scored the next three points for a 7-1 lead, but Navarez recovered and scored the next three points to trail 7-4. He eventually lost 10-4.
Against South Pointe, Navarez won by pin to even his record on the year, but having him wrestling in that weight class was what really mattered.
“It is great to have him wrestling,” said Rock Hill coach Cain Beard. “Yes, he lost in the first match tonight, but he bounced back and got a pin in the second match. I am so proud of his effort.”
Beard is looking for good things from Navarez the rest of the season, because he knows the work ethic that Navarez has shown will pay dividends.
“The mistakes he made tonight are things that we can correct,” said Beard. “He will get better as the year goes along because he got better tonight. I am so proud of him for his performance tonight.”
Rock Hill 72, Lancaster 3
106 - Noah Dennis (RH) forfeit, 113 - Logan Sexton (RH) pinned D. Harris, 120 - Nick Steinberg (RH) dec. M. Brazzell 5-4, 126 - Kendrick Mackey (RH) dec. D. Walker 8-2, 132 - Tyler Wilkins (RH) pinned D. Meyers, 138 - Babe Rigby (RH) pinned C. Ledbetter, 145 - Christen Moore (RH) pinned B. Mosier, 152 - Kris Hughes (RH) pinned A. Steele, 160 - Cody Childers (RH) pinned A. Jackson, 170 - Ben Demarest (RH) pinned K. Talford, 182 - Stephen Chesney (RH) pinned A. Varney, 195 - Q. Evans (L) dec. Emilo Nevarez 10-4, 220 - Cameron Bell (RH) pinned V. Garris, 285 - Travis Strait (RH) forfeit.
• The South Pointe Stallions registered six pins and claimed a 60-6 win over the Northwestern Trojans in Region 3-AAAA action at Rock Hill.
South Pointe 60, Northwestern 6
106 - Roderick Whitlock (SP) maj. dec. Dylan Crawford 14-1, 113 - Marvin Gallette (SP) maj. dec. Michael Chumsawang 17-2, 120 - Nathan Stradford (SP) pinned Amery Miller, 126 - J. P. Page (SP) forfeit, 132 - Mike Miller (SP) pinned Preston Pope, 138 - Trey Page (SP) dec. Alberth Hernandez 9-7, 145 - Tyler Pierre (SP) pinned Dallas Thompson, 152 - Michael Grubb (SP) dec. Jamison Humburg 3-1, 160 - Hunter Allen (N) dec. Trel Sellars 8-2, 170 - Ricky Blackman (SP) pinned Brett Sullivan, 182 - Zach Morgan (SP) pinned Jerry Howard, 195 - Elijah Judd (N) dec. Jeremiah Sadler 1-0, 220 - Corey Morgan (SP) pinned Naychon Gregory, 285 - Nick Adams (SP) dec. Josh Miller 7-3.
• In another Region 3-AAAA four-way wrestling match the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets toppled the Clover Blue Eagles 51-18 and the York Cougars 51-24. York defeated the Nation Ford Falcons 51-18. Nation Ford then defeated Clover 33-28.
Lancaster 61, South Pointe 58: The Bruins raced to a 21-7 lead after one quarter and held off a South Pointe comeback attempt to register a win over the Stallions in Region 3-AAAA action at Lancaster.
South Pointe rallied to cut it to 35-32 at intermission, but the Bruins outscored South Pointe in the third period to pull away.
Kyia Hough led Lancaster with 23 points. Keyotta Garris and Phoebe Johnson joined her in double figures with 15 and 12, respectively.
Raven Byers led the South Pointe attack with 21 points. Franquia Byer added 10 for the Stallions.
Lancaster 61, South Pointe 58
South Pointe - B. Davis 3, Hall 6, Raven Byers 21, Williams 2, D. Davis 8, Franquia Byer 10, C. Davis 6, Cherry 2.
Lancaster - Kyia Hough 23, Steward 1, Thorne 1, Davis 7, Keyotta Garris 15, Phoebe Johnson 12, Robertson 2.
Records: South Pointe 8-4, 4-2 in Region 3-AAAA
Northwestern 50, Clover 40: The Trojans defeated the Blue Eagles in Region 3-AAAA play at Clover.