WRESTLING PREVIEWS

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BATTERY CREEK DOLPHINS

Coach: Deandre’ Johnson 

Record at school: 21-11 (2nd season)

2018-19 record: 21-11 (reached Class 3A second round) 

Returning starters: 8

Top returners: Larson McManigle (138), Alex Linares (160)

Key losses: Syncere Atkins

Key newcomers: Sam DeGroat, Derek Ray, Ryan Israel, Dreshaun Brown, 

Coach’s outlook: “We believe that we have a nice group of young guys that are extremely coachable, along with a pack of leaders that are looking forward to leading off a good year for the Dolphins.”

BEAUFORT HIGH EAGLES

Coach: Ron Lanham

Record at school: 28-12 (2nd season)

2018-19 record: 28-12 (region champions, reached Class 4A second round)

Returning starters: 8

Top returners: Gary Bayne (106), Payton Bayne (120), Kaywan Johnson (126), Riley King (132), Peter Burnevich (132), Matthew Durrance (145), Robert Cruikshank (152), James Dagin (160), John Legree (160), Michael Cenci (170), Jeremiah Simmons (170), Theo Washington (195)

Key losses: Jacob Denton, Marcus Spann

Key newcomers: Carter May, Degin Lowery, Devon Langfeldt, Colton Phares

Coach’s outlook: “We need to fill in some key spots in our lower weights and find a solid heavyweight this year. The main thing is to stay healthy and be peaking in late January and February.”

WHALE BRANCH WARRIORS

Coach: Charlie Simmons

Record at school: 1-9 (2nd season)

2018-19 record: 1-9

Number of returning starters: 2

Top returners: Richard Parker (132), Zakariya Williams (220)

Key losses: De’Arius Hazel (injury)

Key newcomers: None

Coach’s outlook: “Last year we had a low turnout with only a few wrestlers and had to forfeit many weight classes in many matches. This year we are trying to fill those weight classes while trying to build the program back from the ground up.”

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