Eagles wrestling can’t catch Chiefs, bow out in 3rd round

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Beaufort High wrestling saw its playoff run end Monday with a 42-31 road loss to a strong North Myrtle Beach in the third round of the Class 4A dual playoffs. 

The Chiefs set the tone for the night with two straight pins to open the match, and they were able to hold off the Eagles the rest of the way. 

Payton Bayne (126), Matthew Durrance (138), and John Legree (195) each won by pin, and Gary Bayne (106), James Dagin (160), and Michael Cenci (170) also picked up wins to keep the Eagles in it, but each time Beaufort made a run, the Chiefs were able to stifle the momentum. 

The Eagles stormed into the Lower State semifinals with a 58-24 home win over Airport on Saturday. 

The teams traded punched early in the match, as the score was tied at 18 after six bouts, but the Eagles recorded pins in seven of the next nine matches to take control.

Durrance started the run with a pin at 138, and Kaywan Johnson, Dagin, Cenci, Jeremiah Simmons, Legree, Degin Lowery, and Payton Bayne also recorded pins. Phares earned a major decision, and Gary Bayne won by forfeit. 

Beaufort now turns its attention to the individual postseason, beginning with the Class 4A Lower State qualifier at Bluffton High School on Friday and Saturday.

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