The Rock Hill Bearcats overcame a slow start and defeated the Dorman Cavaliers 47-16 in the third round of the Class AAAA wrestling playoffs Monday night at Rock Hill High School.
Dorman took a quick 6-0 lead on a pin by Luke Rutherford in the 120 weight class. Rock Hills Kendrick Mackey scored a decision at 126 to make it 6-3, but Dormans Jacob Shewalter answered with a deecision at 132, and the Cavaliers were up 9-3.
Rock Hills Babe Rigby recorded a pin at 138 to tie the count at 9-9, but Dormans Dalton Simpson earned a major decision at 145 and the Cavaliers were in front 13-9.
Kris Hughes answered for the Bearcats. His major decision in the 152 weight class tied the count at 13-13. Rock Hills Cody Childers (160) put the Bearcats ahead for the first time at 17-13 with a major decision, but Christian Maroni (170) of Dorman cut the deficit to 17-16 with a decision.
The Bearcats dominated the remainder of the match.
Rock Hill got a pin from Stephen Chesney (182) to take a 23-16 lead. When Emilio Nevarez came from behind in the final period to take a decision in the 195 class, Rock Hill led 26-16.
Cameron Bell continued the run with a decision at 220, and Rock Hill was ahead 29-16. The Bearcats closed out the match with three straight pins for a 47-16 win.
Travis Strait (285), Devon Faile (106), and Logan Sexton (113) provided the finishing touches for the big win which sends the Bearcats to the Upper State Finals at home on Wednesday night against Hillcrest.
I knew this would be a dog fight, and it turned out to be just that, said Rock Hill head coach Cain Beard. They came in here ready, and after a slow start, we did very well.
The come from behind win was a good one for the Bearcats, and Beard was pleased with what he saw.
We just got started slowly, said Beard. It was back and forth, and when we got to our strength, we really turned it up. Overall, we got a great effort tonight.
While Beard was satisfied with the win, he knows that every round gets tougher and tougher.
We have been here before, and we know what to expect, added Beard. The competition gets tougher with each round. You just have to win the points that you are suppose to, and try to pick up some points where you can.
Rock Hill 47, Dorman 16
106 - Devon Failed (RH) pinned Joshua Aquino (1:36), 113 - Logan Sexton (RH) pinned Gregory Hunter (1:54), 120 - Luke Rutherford (D) pinned Nick Steinberg (5:20), 126 - Kendrick Mackey (RH) dec. Nicholas Caspio 6-2, 132 - Jacob Shewalter (D) dec. Tyler Wilkins 3-2, 138 - Babe Rigby (RH) pinned Shenard Bain (3:19), 145 - Dalton Simpson (D) maj. dec. Christen Moore 14-1, 152 - Kris Hughes (RH) maj. dec. Luke White 16-3, 160 - Cody Childers (RH) maj. dec. Mieklo Sekely 21-8, 170 - Christian Maroni (D) dec. Ben Demarest 5-0, 182 - Stephen Chesney (RH) pinned Brian Ambriz (3:57), 195 - Emilio Nevarez (RH) dec. Trevon Hicklin 6-4 (OT), 220 - Cameron Bell (RH) dec. Jacob Hines 2-0, 285 - Travis Strait (RH) pinned Johnny Martinez (4:26).