The Rock Hill Bearcats, the South Pointe Stallions, and the Indian Land Warriors all claimed wins in the third round of the state wrestling playoffs Monday night.
Rock Hill (Class 5A) topped Easley 43-25, South Pointe (4A) got by Union County 39-33, and Indian Land (3A) defeated Crescent 41-24.
Rock Hill started quickly in its win over Easley. The Bearcats led 15-0 after four weight classes were finished. Bailey Wilkins (126) got a technical fall and Andrew Simpson (132) and Micheal Ramirez (138) won decisions. Tristen Bledsoe (145) capped the early rally with a decision.
Hillcrest scored two pins to cut it to 15-12, but Noah Reynolds (170) and Brandon Mills (182) got pins and the ‘Cats led 27-12. Hillcrest got a pin and a 5-4 decision and the Bearcats’ lead was down to 27-21. Devan Rice (285) scored on a pin and Rock Hill was in front 33-21 with three classes remaining.
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After Hillcrest won a major decision at 106 to cut it to 33-25, Justin Beck (113) closed out the match with a pin. Danny Love (120) won the final bout 12-1, and the Bearcats moved to the fourth round to face Byrnes on the road on Wednesday.
South Pointe took an early lead in its match with Union County. Kemari Reaves (106) got a pin, and after Union tied it at 6-6, South Pointe got a pair of forfeits to take an 18-6 lead.
Matthew Belk (132) got a pin, and the Stallions were in front 24-6. Union County came charging back. It got decisions at 138 and 145 to cut it to 24-12 at the midpoint of the match.
Savion White (152) scored a 16-10 win and South Pointe led 27-12. Union County countered with a pin, but Isaac Ekonem answered with a pin for South Pointe to give the Stallions a 33-18 cushion with four weight classes remaining.
Union County got a decision and a pin to cut the Stallions’ margin to 33-27. Jake Morgan (220) closed out the match with a pin in the first period. Union County got a pin in the final match.
“Every guy on this team had to step up tonight,” said South Pointe coach Eddie Cook. “We needed every point we got.”
South Pointe travels to Eastside on Wednesday for the next round, and it does not get any easier.
“The key tonight for us was the fact that we did got get pinned every time when we lost,” said Cook. “They have a team that has some big-time pinners. We lost some weight classes, but we lost some on decisions and not pins.”
Indian Land used a quick start in its match as well. The Warriors started at the 113 weight class, and they won the first four to take a 19-0 lead.
Crescent won the next two classes by a pin and a decision, and the Indian Land lead was down to 19-9.
Kyle Daley (152) got the Warriors going again with a pin and Wesley Johnson (160) followed with an 8-5 decision and the Warriors were up 28-9.
Crescent got a pin at 170, and the teams traded decisions in the next two weight classes. Alex Murphy (182) won for the Warriors, and Indian Land was up 31-18 with three weight classes remaining.
Crescent got a pin at 220, and the Warriors’ lead was down to 31-24. Dominic Pestano (285) scored a 14-6 decision and closed out the match.
Indian Land travels to West Oak on Wednesday in the third round.