The Hanahan wrestling team will find out this morning if it will be competing for a state championship tonight.
The Hawks could be battling Woodruff at 7 p.m. in the Class AA state wrestling championship at Ridge View High School in Columbia. Or, they could be sitting at home wondering what might have been.
It all depends on what happens beginning at 8:30 a.m. today in Columbia when the High School League Executive Committee hears an appeal from Hanahan High School and Berkeley County School District officials to overturn league commissioner Jerome Singleton's ruling that cost the team a berth in the state championship match. If the Hawks win the appeal, they will be wrestling tonight. If they lose, their season is over.
Hanahan seemed to have landed a spot in its first state championship when the Hawks defeated three-time defending state champion Loris by a razor-thin 34-33 decision in the Lower State final Feb. 10.
After the match, Loris coach Thomas Britt said Hanahan violated a High School League eligibility rule and filed a protest. The next day, Singleton determined that Hanahan's Koffi Dwira competed in a higher weight class than is permitted by the league when he wrestled in a holiday tournament. High School League rules state that a wrestler cannot compete more than one class above his actual weight in any match.
Dwira won in the 125-pound division with a 12-5 decision over Jamar Gore in the Lower State championship, but Singleton said Dwira became ineligible in the 125-pound division when he competed at 140 pounds earlier in the season. Singleton awarded Gore a forfeit victory, making Loris the Lower State champion with a 39-31 victory.