The top-ranked Rock Hill Bearcats claimed the Region 3-AAAA wrestling title Thursday night with a convincing 54-21 home victory over the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets.
The Bearcats took the early lead and never let up as they moved to 6-0 in the region with only one match remaining against Northwestern. Fort Mill fell to 5-1 in the region with the loss.
“There were some great back-and-forth matches tonight,” said Rock Hill coach Cain Beard. “Anytime you beat a quality team like Fort Mill, you have to be satisfied.”
Despite the win and claiming the region title, Beard feels like his team can improve.
“We have some things that we can work on to make us a better team,” Beard said. “We cannot quit working and improving.”
The Bearcats and Yellow Jackets started in the 132-pound weight class, where Tyler Wilkens of Rock Hill was leading 6-5 when he pinned Nick Grey for a quick 6-0 lead. In the 138 class, Rock Hill’s Babe Rigby had a 2-0 advantage when he pinned Austin Gard for a 12-0 Bearcats lead.
At 145, Nigel Bostick of Fort Mill won a 3-2 decision over Christian Moore to cut the advantage to 12-3. At 152, Fort Mill’s Jack Debbout won over Sam Swoope to add three more points and cut the Bearcats’ lead to 12-6.
Rock Hill won the next three matches – Kris Hughes (160), Ben Demarest (170) and Steven Chesney (182) – by forfeit, and the Bearcats had a 30-6 lead.
B.J. Hurst of Fort Mill was leading 2-0 when he pinned Emilio Navarez in the 195 division, and it was 30-12 in favor of Rock Hill. Cameron Bell of Rock Hill answered in the 220 weight class by pinning Grey Hinson and the Bearcats led 36-12. He was leading 2-0 when he got the pin.
The Bearcats’ Travis Strait was leading 2-0 when he pinned Matt Neal in the 285 weight class and Rock Hill was ahead 42-12.
Coleman Hoffman pinned John Broxtemarke in the 106 division to up the count to 48-12. It was a comeback for Coleman, who was losing 4-3 when he recorded the pin.
In the 113 weight class, Rock Hill’s Logan Sexton pinned A.J. Leitten to make the score 54-12. Sexton was leading 11-8 when he scored the pin.
Fort Mill got the final nine points in the match. Eddie Byrams pinned Kendrick Mackey in the 120 division. Byrams was leading 10-4 when he got the pin. Jake Strong decisioned Noah Mead 14-10 in the 126 weight class to get the Yellow Jackets its final points.
“We have wrestled up all year long, but Rock Hill is very strong,” said Fort Mill coach Chris Brock. “We have depended on the lower weight classes to get us a lot of points, but that did not happen tonight.”
Rock Hill 54, Fort Mill 21
106 - Coleman Hoffman (RH) pinned John Broxtemarke (3:49), 113 - Logan Sexton (RH) pinned A. J. Leitten (5:10), 120 - Eddie Byrams (FM) pinned Kendrick Mackey (5:55), 126 - Jake Strong (FM) dec. Noah Mead 14-10, 132 - Tyler Wilkens (RH) pinned Nick Grey (3:53), 138 - Babe Rigby (RH) pinned Austin Gard (1:59), 145 - Nigel Bostick (FM) dec. Christian Moore 3-2, 152 - Jack Debbout (FM) dec. Sam Swoope, 160 - Kris Hughes (RH) forfeit, 170 - Ben Demarest (RH) forfeit, 182- Steve Chesney (RH) forfeit, 195 - B. J .Hurst (FM) pinned Emilio Navarez (:59), 220 - Cameron Bell (RH) pinned Grey Hinson (1:41), 285 - Travis Strait (RH) pinned Matt Neal (1:55).