Two teams strong in wrestling tradition went head to head at Fort Dorchester Wednesday.
Hanahan won four matches by pinfall and three by forfeit as the Hawks handed Fort Dorchester a 42-39 loss. Jacob Van Maanan (132-pound class), Aaron Van Maanan (138), Darren King (152) and Cameron Blackmon (170) all pinned their Fort Dorchester opponent.
“It been a long year but tonight tastes good,” Hanahan coach Ray Adkins said.” We had some guys really show up tonight and I’m proud of the way our guys fought. Both teams had some wrestlers out and the forfeits helped. I think both squads are still trying to put the pieces together so they can make a run in the playoffs. Hopefully by February our lineups will be stronger.”
Hanahan, which claimed Class AA state championships in 2011 and 2012 and finished as the runner-up for AAA last year, is currently ranked sixth among the state’s 3-A teams. Fort Dorchester, which claimed Class AAAA state championships in 2007 and 2010 and finished as the state runner-up in 2009, is ranked seventh among 4-A teams.
For the Patriots Tyree Wright (120), A.J. Alford (160), Joseph Hutchinson (182), Quandre Chisolm (195) and D.J. Loggins (285) pinned their Hanahan opponent and Xavier Branscam (126) won an 11-8 decision.
“We have a lot of holes in our lineup right now but I thought we were ready for this match,” Fort Dorchester coach Ben LaPrad said. “I mean we have some young guys this year but that’s no excuse. We are doing things the same way we have done them for years but I’m not sure everyone is buying in. I don’t know that I have the answer right now but we have some great kids coming up so we are just going to keep working at it.”
The Patriots have had a lot of success this season. They have a 12-2 record with their only other loss coming to Summerville during the Cane Bay Duals.
The Fort sent a small group of wrestlers to the Seahawk Slam tournament and won a lot of individual matches. Alford placed second in his weight class at the tournament and Joseph Hutchinson placed third.
And it looks like the team will soon have two less holes to worry about. LaPrad says one starter who was out for Wednesday’s match should return to the lineup by the time the Patriots open their region schedule. He also anticipates transfer student Zane Graham will be eligible to wrestle for Fort Dorchester by then.
Fort Dorchester hosts Ashley Ridge Jan. 15. After a pair of matches at Bluffton and Beaufort, the Patriots will return home to host a rematch with Summerville Jan. 22.
HANAHAN 42, FORT DORCHESTER 39
106-Brody Ellis (HH) forfeit; 113-Devon Hatchel (HH) forfeit; 120-Tyree Wright (FD) p. Tyler Talako; 126-Xavier Branscam (FD) d. Kevin Murray 11-8; 132 –Jacob Van Maanan (HH) p. Aaron Mouzon; 138-Aaron Van Maanan (HH) p. Tre Morris; 145-Haven Horlback (HH) forefeit; 152 –Darren King (HH) p. Cooper Godwin; 160-A.J. Alford p. Darriel Flores; 170-Cameron Blackmon (HH) p. Cato Jenkins; 182-Joseph Hutchinson (FD) p. Kendall Johnson; 195-Quandre Chisolm (FD) p. Lquan Brown; 220-Dana Coleman (FD) forfeit; HWY-D.J. Loggins (FD) p. Jacob Billings.