Battery Creek’s Bradley Smith dominates one of his opponents during the opening rounds of the Class 3A dual playoffs Saturday at The Palace. Smith won both of his matches by pin as the Dolphins advanced to the third round. Photo by Rihanna Cooler.

Battery Creek ends run in 3rd round of playoffs


Battery Creek wrestling continued the momentum coming off its region title and rolled into the third round of the Class 3A dual playoffs with a pair of dominant wins at home Saturday, but the Dolphins met their match Monday, falling 45-19 at Aynor.

The Dolphins nearly pulled off the perfect match in a first-round rout of Lakewood, winning 82-0 with pins in 13 of the 14 weight classes. Creek then made quick work of Loris in the second round, using seven pins and three forfeits to cruise to a 63-15 victory.

Bradley Smith, Aiden Northway, and Hunter Smith each won both matches by pin, while Sam DeGroat, Elmer Linares, Sebastian Sanchez, Ryan Israel, and Nate Gallego each had a pin and a forfeit. Daniel Sunkins was 2-0 with a pin and a decision, and John Coker and Reily Doray each won both of their matches by forfeit.

The Dolphins will take all 14 wrestlers to the Lower State qualifier at Camden on Feb. 18-19. 

JPII finishes just outside top four at SCISA duals

John Paul II wrestling went 1-2 and reached the consolation semifinals at the SCISA state duals on Saturday.

The Golden Warriors were the No. 4 seed but dropped a tough 48-30 decision to No. 5 Cardinal Newman in the first round. JPII rebounded to rout Colleton Prep 60-12, but the Golden Warriors fell 60-18 to Heathwood Hall to end their afternoon.

Oliver Witkowski, Daniel Snyder, and Peter Torinese each went 3-0, Chris Orta won his only match, and Kohl Woodham was 2-1 for JPII.

The Golden Warriors will wrap up their season at the SCISA individual championship on Saturday in Sumter

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