Lexington County teams advance in state wrestling tournament

River Bluff wrestling coach Evan Moxie gives instructions during the second round matchup against Stratford. Thomas Grant Jr. photos.

For the third straight year, the River Bluff wrestling team is headed to the third round of the S.C. High School League tournament.

The Gators defeated first and second round opponents St. James (66-6) and Stratford (39-31), respectively, in The Swamp Saturday.

River Bluff trailed 25-12 through four matches. The boys proceeded to win six of the final seven matches, two by forfeit, three by decision and a pinfall.

“We had a real tight second round match (last year) with Summerville,” River Bluff head coach Evan Moxie said. “It just seems in (Class) 5A, it’s so deep every year. Once you get through that first round, you’re going to have a good team.”

River Bluff will stay at home Monday to face Region 5-5A rival White Knoll, who pulled off two road wins against higher seeds in Myrtle Beach.

The Timberwolves opened by upsetting top seed Socastee 35-34 in the first round. They then defeated Ashley Ridge 34-31 to set up a rematch with the Gators in Lexington.

White Knoll’s victory also enabled River Bluff to gain homefield advantage through the Lower State final.

The Gators have reached the Lower State final the past 2 two years and won the state title in 2017. The team which defeated them in last year’s Lower State final in controversial fashion, Fort Dorchester, was defeated by Stratford 45-22.

The Patriots were originally ordered by the SCHSL to forfeit their Lower State final win to River Bluff, but won the appeal. They were eventually defeated by Rock Hill in the state final.

In Class 4A, Region 5-4A champion Airport advanced to the third round. Following an opening round bye, the Eagles defeated Hartsville 42-24 and will travel to top seed Beaufort Monday.

In Class 3A, Gilbert also won its first two playoff matches. After earning an opening round bye via forfeit, the Indians defeated Battery Creek 53-18 and will invite Aynor to Gilbert U.S.A. for a third round matchup.

(1st round)
Cane Bay 52, Irmo 18
Chapin 52, Conway 18
Lexington 45, Carolina Forest 35
(2nd round)
Cane Bay 37, Chapin 33
Summerville 36, Lexington 33
(1st round)
Brookland-Cayce 40, Myrtle Beach 36
(2nd round)
Beaufort 65, Brookland-Cayce 18
(1st round)
Waccamaw 44, Swansea 38
Pelion vs. Hanahan

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