A rally by Summerville High School in the Class AAAAA wrestling championship match came up just short.
The Green Wave advanced to the state wrestling final for the first time since 2014 but fell 36-33 to Hillcrest High School, now the three-time defending 5A state champion.
“I won’t say the better team won tonight,” Summerville coach Darryl Tucker said. “I’d say the team that made the least amount of mistakes won but with what we’ve faced this year I’m nothing but happy for my guys. A lot of these guys haven’t wrestled in this kind of atmosphere with this much on the line. I hate it for our seniors but we have a lot of young guys so I definitely see us getting back to this point in the near future.”
Summerville fell behind 30-6 before it started to quickly make up ground. Starting with the 113-pound weight class, the Green Wave won four straight bouts to pull within three points.
But Hillcrest’s Thomas Snipes pinned his Green Wave opponent at 140 to bump the score up to 36-27 and clinch the victory.
In addition to the normal obstacles such as injuries, wrestling teams had to navigate all the changes brought on by COVID-19. Due to match cancellations and a suspension of all athletic activities by its school district, Summerville had more challenges to overcome than some other teams.
“These guys have worked so hard through adversity,” Tucker said. “I mean we were shut down for 38 straight days and our guys didn’t pout, they didn’t complain. We got the green light and they came back and went back to work and you see what happened. We finally got over the hump and now these guys know what it takes to get here so we just have to figure out how to get across the next hump and win it all,”
Other wrestling champions were Crescent (Class A-AA, 37-32 over Bamberg-Ehrhardt), Belton-Honea Path (Class 3A, over Gilbert 54-21) and Eastside (Class 4A, over May River 43-30).
Hillcrest 36, Summerville 33
152 — Grant Hopkins (H) pin Steele Walker (S)
160 — Hunter Jagodzinski (H) dec. Jeremiah Pressley (S), 10-4
170 — David Rundell (S) dec. Austin Kilgore (H), 7-4
182 — Kyle Combs (S) dec. Jackson Harms (H), 7-2
195 — Leo Drakulic (H) pin Brock Eastman (S)
220 — Eyan McKnight (H) DQ De’Andre Jones (S)
285 — Jacoreyn Byrd (H) dec. Rubin Izzard (S), 6-4
106 — Tyler Grindstaff (H) pin Xavier Anderson (S)
113 — Ben Guilliam (S) pin A’sahi Lomax (H)
120 — Gavin Butler (S) dec. Trent Smith (H), 3-0
126 — Brayton Killiri (S) pin Colton Holmes (H)
132 — Aidan Jurey (S) inj. def. Jace Mann (H)
138 — Thomas Snipes (H) pin Jacob Black (S)
145 — Ryu Brown (S) forfeit