High School Sports

State duals continue tonight

The state wrestling duals continue with third-round matches, and the field has been cut in half from the 32 teams that began the tournament last week.

Locally, Fort Mill and Rock Hill are still around, but both have tough matches in tonight's Upper State playoffs.

Fort Mill, fighting injuries, has the toughest of eight matches tonight. The Yellow Jackets are on the road to Simpsonville, where they'll meet the Hillcrest Rams, No. 1 in Class AAAA, at 7.

Hillcrest is 25-2. Fort Mill, No. 3 in the rankings, is 19-3.

It will be an emotional match. Hillcrest coach Tommy Bell and his brother, Rams assistant Robby, were assistants coaches under Fort Mill's Chris Brock for three seasons. Tommy Bell proposed to his wife, Amanda, in the center of the mat prior to a Yellow Jackets' match several years ago.

The Bells moved back home four years ago when the wrestling job came open. Both Bells wrestled at Hillcrest.

The Rams beat Fort Mill 28-26 in last year's Upper State championship match at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

Rock Hill's Bearcats are ranked fifth in Class AAAA and are 27-2. They travel to Lexington, 25-9 and ranked sixth, for a 7 p.m. match. The Wildcats are hosting because they finished first in Region 4-AAAA. Rock Hill was second in 3-AAAA, losing only to Fort Mill.

The Upper State championship is Wednesday. If the Yellow Jackets and Bearcats win tonight, they'll wrestle for a spot in Saturday's title match Saturday night at Ridge View High School against the Lower State champ.

Tonight's Lower State matches have Dutch Fork at Fort Dorchester and Summerville hosting Battery Creek.

If you are going:

• Hillcrest: Take S.C. 5 through York to Blacksburg and get on 1-85 South. Take 85 to Green-ville and get off on I-385 South at the Mauldin exit. Get off 385 at Exit 26 (Harrison Bridge Road) and turn left at the top of the exit ramp. Once across the bridge, take the first left. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Frontage Road. The school will be approximately a quarter of a mile on the right.

• Lexington: Take I-77 to Columbia. Get off onto the I-20 and go past the I-26. Go past the Gilbert exit. Stay right and go approximately five miles until you reach U.S. 1. The school will be on the elft, but turn right and take the first right onto Ball Park Road. the Stadium is on the right.

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