The Rock Hill Bearcats moved two steps closer to competing for a state championship in wrestling Saturday, defeating Riverside and Laurens in the first two rounds at Rock Hill High School.
In the opening round, the Bearcats routed the Riverside Warriors 62-12. Riverside forfeited five matches, and after Travis Strait and Coleman Hoffman opened with pins, the Bearcats were in complete control.
Noah Mead and Juan Watkins also recorded pins, while Josh English and Cody Childers both scored major decisions for Rock Hill.
In the second round, the Bearcats beat the Laurens Raiders, who came from behind in the opening round and toppled Spring Valley.
The final count was 45-27 in favor of the Bearcats, but it was not that close as Rock Hill forfeited the final three matches after building a 45-9 lead.
The match started at 106 pounds and Rock Hill moved to a quick 12-0 lead by winning forfeits in the first two weight classes. Logan Sexton and Mead followed with pins, and when Tyler Wilkens scored a decision, Rock Hill led 27-0.
Babe Rigby and Christen Moore added pins for a 39-0 Rock Hill advantage. Juan Barcanas scored a decision for Laurens, and Childers recorded a pin for Rock Hill. Laurens won the next two matches on decisions, and Rock Hill led 45-9.
I thought we wrestled well in both matches, said Rock Hill coach Cain Beard. We have just got to keep going. We can not let up.
Rock Hill will host the Dorman Cavaliers at 7 p.m. Monday in the third round.
The next round will be tough, said Beard. Dorman is well-coached, and they will come in here ready to wrestle.
In between the rounds, Sexton, Travis Strait, and Cameron Bell were presented plaques recognizing their 100 careers wins. All three reached that mark earlier in the year.
Rock Hill 62, Riverside 12
106 - Coleman Hoffman (RH) pin Nicholas Desoiza (5:24), 113 - Logan Sexton (RH) forfeit win, 120 - Daniel Troidl (R) dec. Kendrick Mackey 6-1, 126 - Noah Mead (RH) pin Stephen Angel (2:57), 132 - Tyler Wilkens (RH) forfeit win, 138 - Michael Weber (R) dec. Babe Rigby 10-5, 145 - Efrain Tello (R) pinned Brian Gaffney, 152 - Kris Hughes (RH) forfeit win, 160 - Cody Childers (RH) maj. dec. Jackson Boyd 13-5, 170 - Juan Watkins (RH) pinned Saulo Arias (:38), 182 - Stephen Chesney (RH) forfeit win, 195 - Emilio Navarez (RH) forfeit win, 220 - Josh English (RH) maj. dec. Stephen Garber 13-4, 285 - Travis Strait (RH) pin Nicholas Cossey.
Rock Hill 45, Laurens 27
106 - Coleman Hoffman (RH) forfeit win, 113 - Devon Faile (RH) forfeit win, 120 - Logan Sexton (RH) pin Luke Sanchez (1:20), 126 - Noah Mead (RH) pinned Jared Cooley (3:49), 132 - Tyler Wilkens (RH) dec. Matthew Donnelly 8-3, 138 - Babe Rigby (RH) pinned Ridge DeVuano (1:36), 145 - Christen Moore (RH) pinned Jordan McColl (3:48), 152 - Juan Barcanas (L) dec. Nick Buchanan 8-2, 160 - Cody Childers (RH) pinned Austin Cain (5:28), 170 - Caine Trevino (L) dec. Ben Demarest 3-1 in OT, 182 - Evan Osborne (L) dec. Javin Bowman 4-2, 195 - Austin Crocker (L) forfeit win, 220 - Stephen Johnson (L) forfeit win, 285 - Bradley Owens (L) forfeit win.
In other action involving local teams, the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets moved to the third round on Monday with a pair of wins.
The Yellow Jackets beat Mauldin 37-27 in the first round and toppled Lugoff-Elgin 54-24 in the second round. Fort Mill travels to Hillcrest on Monday.
The Nation Ford Falcons defeated Westside 37-36 in the opening round, but lost to Dorman 59-12 in the second round.