John Paul II’s Jake Brock, top, puts the final pressure onto West Wood’s Miles Maxfield for the pin during the third period of their 160-pound bout in the SCISA 3A quarter finals Tuesday night at JPII. Bob Sofaly/The Island News


Eagles fall in Lower State semis


It was an uphill fight in the Class 3A dual playoffs for the Beaufort High wrestling team, but the Eagles picked up two road wins Saturday before bowing out against a strong Aynor team Monday night in the Lower State semifinals.

The Eagles met their match in a 52-29 loss to the Yellowjackets, the No. 3 team in Class 3A according to SCMat.com, but they didn’t go down without a scrap.

Antonio McKnight, Andrew Legree, Kevin Campbell, Thomas Byrum, Colton Phares, John Bechtold, and Tayriq Legree all went 2-0 on Saturday as the Eagles handled Brookland-Cayce 57-24 in the first round and ousted host Lake City with a 49-33 victory in Round 2.

Battery Creek also won its first-round match against Dreher on Saturday but was dealt a 60-14 loss by host Aynor.

The Eagles and Dolphins will be back in action this weekend at the Class 3A Lower State qualifier at Dreher, while Whale Branch and Bridges Prep head to the Class 2A/1A Lower State qualifier at North Central.

JPII reaches SCISA semifinals

John Paul II’s wrestling team reached the SCISA dual semifinals before falling to eventual runner-up Cardinal Newman in the semifinals.

The Golden Warriors routed Northwood Academy, 60-21, in the quarterfinals after earning a first-round bye. All 10 wins came by pin with Daniel Snyder, Aiden Winslow, Archer Dewig, Brandyn Horton, Jack Brock, William Rooney, Kohl Woodham, and Reno Cedeno all winning by fall.

JPII will compete in the SCISA individual championships Saturday in Sumter.

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