For the second consecutive year, River Bluff kept the Green Wave Wrestling team out of the state title match.
The Gators defeated Summerville 36-33 in the Lower State championship match of the Class AAAAA Wrestling playoffs Feb. 6. River Bluff, which defeated Summerville in the second round last season, went on to lose to Hillcrest 41-30 in the state championship match Feb. 9.
Summerville’s Aidan Jurey and Drayton Faulling both won their weight class during the Lower State match at River Bluff with a pin. Zach Jurey claimed a 9-4 decision in his class while Will Jones, Parker Warder and Brayton Killiri all received a forfeit for Summerville.
The contest started with the 113-pound bout, where River Bluff picked up a decision. John Zahm carried the momentum into the next match and pinned his Summerville opponent in the final period to extend River Bluff’s lead to 9-0.
Aidan Jurey and Faulling then sparked a 15-0 Summerville run, but the Gators rallied. River Bluff won the next six classes, three by pin, to make it mathematically impossible for Summerville to win.
The Green Wave and other wrestling programs from south of Columbia have now turned their focus to the Lower State individual tournament this weekend at Chapin. The top placers in that tournament will advance to the state tournament, where they will compete against grapplers from the Upper State with individual state titles on the line.