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High school wrestlers seek state championships this weekend

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Cane Bay's Jay Peace is a defending state champion in Class AAAAA wrestling. He was the only freshman to win a title last year. Rob Gantt/Gazette

More than 70 high school wrestlers from the Lowcountry have qualified for the S.C. High School League state individual championships to be held this weekend in Anderson.

Wrestlers went through the qualifying phase last weekend, needing to finish among the top four in their respective weight classes to earn a spot in the championship event. The top four wrestlers from the Upper and Lower State qualifiers advance to the championship round.

Twenty Lowcountry grapplers came away as Lower State champions. In the Class AAAAA qualifier, champions included Richard Springs of Fort Dorchester (106), Jay Peace of Cane Bay (113), Ben Singletary of Ashley Ridge (120), Ben Guilliam of Summerville (126), Rocky Moretti of Ashley Ridge (132), Brayton Killiri of Summerville (138), Ethan Wilkinson of Fort Dorchester (170), Luke Gadsden of Berkeley (182), Christian Garland of Ashley Ridge (220) and Jordan Evans of Fort Dorchester (285).

Other state qualifiers in Class AAAAA include Ashley Ridge's Emery Dalton (106), Joseph Marsar (113), Justin Mata (126), Keith Grace (145), Connor Wilson (138) and Weston Eadie (152); Wando's Alex Cyr (113), Pierce Tate Carpenter (160) and Jacob Pelbath (182); Cane Bay's Delshaun Peace-Robinson (120) and Caiden Saavedra (132); and Goose Creek's Preston Rhodes (138), Allen Knight (170), Caden Dudley (182) and Micah Thompson (285).

In Class AAAA, qualifying from James Island were Jesse Kemp (106), Antonino Petrie (113), Cody Chanthabane (120), Gino Cirnigliaro (139) and Nicholas Cook (145). Kemp and Hilton Head’s Zao Estrada (113) are the only female wrestlers to earn qualifying nods in the state finals.

Winning Lower State championships in Class AAA were Bishop England’s Sam Cherichello (126); and Gavin Qualls (138) and Sloan Casteel (170) of Hanahan.

State qualifiers in AAA include Bishop England’s Preston Cederquist (106), Sam Loughery (113), Holden Teufel (132), Cayman MacIver (138) and Dixon Hardy (152); Hanahan’s Wilson Dotter (120), Austin Guerrero (160), Will Dennard (182), Jonathan Tumbri (195), Kevon Rivera (220) and Jeffrey Vasquez (285); and North Charleston’s Bryson Key (North Charleston).

In the Class AA/A qualifier, 25 wrestlers from the area advanced to the championships. Local Lower State champions include Timberland’s Tyler Williams (120), Alex Rush (126), Ethan Dawson (138), Roman Wadford (152), Austin Nichols )170) and Roderick Sumpter (220).

Other state qualifiers from Timberland include DJ Ford (113), Pedro Kinard (145), Kavante Lundy (160) and Jaheem Roundtree (285).

AJ McClanahan of Philip Simmons won the 132-pound Lower State title. Other state qualifiers from Philip Simmons include Alex Watson (106), Jimmy Chambers (113), Drew McDonnell (120), Zion Beaufort (126), Josh Grant (152), Isaac Schimpf (170), and Bryce Smalls (182).

State qualifiers from Cross include Andrew Viars (113), Cameron White (145), Antwain Hoskins (152), Santory Jones (160), Karmello Jones (170), Nyheem Booth (182) and Amonte McCray (285).

The S.C Independent Schools Association (SCISA) held their individual state championships as well. Porter-Gaud’s Tony Brown finished third in the 138-pound weight class while Noah Kessler of Pinewood Prep finished third at 170 pounds.