Five South Pointe grapplers qualified for the 3A individual state wrestling championship next weekend in Anderson.
Chester qualified three wrestlers for the state tournament, while Indian Land will also be involved after four Warriors booked their places in the 2A version of the championship.
Stallions Roderick Whitlock, Marvin Gallete, Nathan Stradford, Michael Grubb and Ricky Blackman made the cut, while Chester’s Temaris Dixon, Caymen Williams and Nick McClurkin will join them at the state meet.
Indian Land grapplers James Daley, Will VanHoose, Kyle Daley and Richie Wilkinson will participate in the 2A tournament.
Blackman won the 182-pound Upper State championship, dropping Belton-Honea Path sophomore Eddie Smith in the finals. He’ll face off with Darlington’s Anthony Fullard in the first round of the state championship.
Chester’s Dixon was also an Upper State champion after a win over Emerald’s Onassis Williams in the 220-pound title decider. Dixon finished second in the state the last two seasons in a row; he begins his quest for the elusive title this weekend against Georgetown’s Jahquan Jones.
Whitlock finished third in the 120-pound class; he’ll likely be pitted against Hanahan’s Tyler Talacko, who finished second in the Lower State tournament Saturday.
Gallete also finished third in the 126-pound Upper State tournament. He looks set to face Beaufort’s William Spann - second place in the Lower State - in the first round this coming weekend.
Stradford lost to Eastside’s defending state champ David Walker in the finals of the 132-pound class to finish second. Stradford will likely meet Beaufort’s Jay Hawley in the first round of the state tournament this week.
Grubb finished in second place too, after falling to Emerald sophomore Luke Newton in the finals of the 160-pound class. Grubb will meet Orangeburg-Wilkinson’s Jyair Dunning in the first round in Anderson.
Chester’s Williams finished runner-up in the 152-pound class, falling to defending state champ Dylan Gary, from Belton-Honea Path, in the final. Williams will tackle Airport’s Tate Wingard in the first round of the state tourney.
And Chester heavyweight McClurkin will be wrestling at the state meet after finishing third in the Upper State tournament. He’ll begin his state title hunt against Stall’s Christian Lewis, the Lower State runner-up.
In the 2A tournament, Indian Land’s James Daley won the 145-pound Upper State championship and his teammate Will VanHoose claimed the title at 195 pounds. Kyle Daley finished second (120), and Richie Wilkinson fourth (152).